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His Best
     

His Best

by Bo Diddley
 
With Bo Diddley's various hits and anthology packages all out of print and the multi-disc deluxe box set out of pocketbook reach for most casual consumers, MCA finally comes up with a 20-track compilation that hits the bull's-eye and makes this rock pioneer's best and most influential work available to everyone. The song list reads like a primer for '60s British R&B

Overview

With Bo Diddley's various hits and anthology packages all out of print and the multi-disc deluxe box set out of pocketbook reach for most casual consumers, MCA finally comes up with a 20-track compilation that hits the bull's-eye and makes this rock pioneer's best and most influential work available to everyone. The song list reads like a primer for '60s British R&B and '90s blues bands: "Bo Diddley," "I'm a Man," "Diddley Daddy," "Pretty Thing," "Before You Accuse Me," "Hey! Bo Diddley," "Who Do You Love," "Mona," and "Roadrunner" are the tracks that made the legend and put his sound on the map worldwide. The transfers used on this set are exemplary, the majority of them utilizing masters that have a few extra seconds (or more) appended to the fades, which will cause even hardliners to hear these old standards with fresh ears; especially revelatory are the "long versions" of "I Can Tell" and "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover." If the box set is too big a trigger to pull and you want all of Bo's influential sides in one package, this one should be first-stop shopping of the highest priority.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/1997
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0076732937327
catalogNumber:
5003001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bo Diddley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Billy Boy Arnold   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Little Walter   Harmonica
Jody Williams   Guitar
Moonglows   Background Vocals
Cookies   Background Vocals
Lester Davenport   Harmonica
Eddie Drennon   Electric Violin
James Bradford   Bass
Flamingos   Background Vocals
Jerome Green   Maracas,Vocals,Background Vocals
Clifton James   Drums
Frank Kirkland   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Otis Spann   Piano
Chester Lindsey   Bass
Peggy Jones   Guitar,Background Vocals
Edell Robertson   Drums
Billy Downing   Drums
Jesse James Johnson   Bass
Ricky Jolivet   Guitar
Bobby Baskerville   Background Vocals
Carnations   Background Vocals
Cornelia Redmond   Tambourine

Technical Credits

Bo Diddley   Composer,Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer

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