The Chess Box

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All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
Not every single track you'll ever want or need by the legendary shave-and-a-haircut rhythm R&B
ock pioneer, but a great place to begin. Two discs 45 songs in a great big box with a nice accompanying booklet contain the groundbreaking introduction "Bo Diddley" never again would he be referred to as Ellas McDaniel, its swaggering flipside "I'm a Man," the killer follow-ups "Diddley Daddy," "I'm Looking for a Woman," "Who Do You Love?," and "Hey Bo Diddley"; signifying street-corner humor "Say Man", piledriving rockers "Road Runner," "She's Alright," "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover", and numerous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
Not every single track you'll ever want or need by the legendary shave-and-a-haircut rhythm R&B
ock pioneer, but a great place to begin. Two discs 45 songs in a great big box with a nice accompanying booklet contain the groundbreaking introduction "Bo Diddley" never again would he be referred to as Ellas McDaniel, its swaggering flipside "I'm a Man," the killer follow-ups "Diddley Daddy," "I'm Looking for a Woman," "Who Do You Love?," and "Hey Bo Diddley"; signifying street-corner humor "Say Man", piledriving rockers "Road Runner," "She's Alright," "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover", and numerous stunning examples of his daringly innovative guitar style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005525192
  • Catalog Number: 91042/3

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bo Diddley (2:43)
  2. 2 I'm a Man (2:55)
  3. 3 You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) (2:50)
  4. 4 Diddley Daddy (2:26)
  5. 5 Pretty Thing (2:48)
  6. 6 Bring It to Jerome (2:38)
  7. 7 Bring It to Jerome (2:27)
  8. 8 Diddy Wah Diddy (2:30)
  9. 9 I'm Looking for a Woman (2:30)
  10. 10 Who Do You Love? (2:27)
  11. 11 Down Home Special (3:10)
  12. 12 Hey! Bo Diddley (2:09)
  13. 13 Mona (2:19)
  14. 14 Say Boss Man (2:29)
  15. 15 Before You Accuse Me (3:03)
  16. 16 Say Man (3:10)
  17. 17 Hush Your Mouth (3:02)
  18. 18 The Clock Strikes Twelve (2:57)
  19. 19 Dearest Darling (3:14)
  20. 20 Crackin' Up (2:03)
  21. 21 Don't Let It Go (Hold on to What You Got) (2:42)
  22. 22 I'm Sorry (2:24)
  23. 23 Mumblin' Guitar (2:47)
  24. 24 The Story of Bo Diddley (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 She's Alright (4:01)
  2. 2 Say Man (3:01)
  3. 3 Roadrunner (2:46)
  4. 4 Spend My Life with You (2:34)
  5. 5 Cadillac (2:44)
  6. 6 Signifying Blues (4:25)
  7. 7 Deed and Deed I Do (2:19)
  8. 8 You Know I Love You (2:52)
  9. 9 Look at My Baby (2:27)
  10. 10 Ride on Josephine (2:59)
  11. 11 Aztec (2:25)
  12. 12 Back Home (2:26)
  13. 13 Pills (2:47)
  14. 14 [Untitled Instrumental] (2:20)
  15. 15 I Can Tell (4:24)
  16. 16 You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover (3:12)
  17. 17 Who May Your Lover Be (2:51)
  18. 18 The Greatest Lover in the World (2:39)
  19. 19 500% More Man (2:52)
  20. 20 Ooh Baby (2:46)
  21. 21 Bo Diddley 1969 (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bo Diddley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Henry Gray Piano
Jody Williams Guitar
The Moonglows Background Vocals
Lester Davenport Harmonica
Eddie Drennon Violone
The Flamingos Background Vocals
Jerome Green Maracas, Vocals
Clifton James Drums
Frank Kirkland Drums
Lafayette Leake Piano
Little Willie Smith Harmonica
Otis Spann Piano
Chester Lindsey Bass
The Carnations Background Vocals
Cornelia Redmond Maracas, Tambourine
Technical Credits
Buddy Guy Composer
Bo Diddley Composer, Producer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Ritchie Cordell Composer
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
B.B. King Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Layng Martine Jr. Composer
Robert Palmer Liner Notes
Jules Taub Composer
Lou Willie Turner Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnficent, raw blues and rock n' roll

    Bo Diddley's thumping shave-and-a-haircut-six-bit rhythm may not sound all that daring today, but half a century ago Diddley was a daringly innovative musician, hammering out rough blocks of chords on his square-shaped guitar, and shouting his tough-guy lyrics at the top of his powerful voice. Diddley's trademark vibrating, fuzzy guitar tone did much to expand the electric guitar's power and range, and he was almost as influential as label mate Chuck Berry in shaping the sound and the attitude of rock n' roll, writing clever, wisecracking lyrics and macho boasts to rival Berry's, and inspiring numerous young white artists along the way with his music and his galvanizing stage persona. This double-disc compilation is the most comprehensive one available, including all the classics, and adding several lesser-known songs, a few alternates, and some previously unreleased recordings. Disc 1 opens with Diddley's first single, the double-sided monster "Bo Diddley / I'm A Man", and also includes the tough, grinding rockers "You Don't Love Me", "Mona", "Crackin' Up", and "Who Do You Love", the magnificent bluesy "Before You Accuse Me" and "I'm Looking For A Woman", and an updated take on the prewar classic "Diddy Wah Diddy". The surprisingly sweet and sincere "Dearest Darling" is here as well, as is the instrumental "The Clock Strikes Twelve" which features a solo violin, and the doo-wop ballad (!) "I'm Sorry". On disc 2 you'll find "Road Runner" (beep beep!), a swinging, swaggering "Spend My Life With You", the instrumetal "Aztec", the supremely catchy "Pills", and the bump-and-grind of the sax-driven "Cadillac" and the classic "I Can Tell". "You Know I Love You" is another uncharacteristic doo-wop ballad, a previously unreleased one at that. "Look At My Baby" and "The Greatest Lover In The World" are both pure, joyous rock n' roll, and the Willie Dixon-penned "You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover" is one of Bo Diddley's most memorable singles. "Bo Diddley 1969" is excactly what is sounds like, a remake of the 1955 single with different lyrics and a tagged-on chorus, but it's good fun, and the production is better and cleaner. Ellas McDaniels' powerfully rhythmic, almost hypnotic mid-50s music is neither blues, R&B or rock n' roll, but somewhere in between, stretching back as far as Africa, and foreseeing rap and blues-rock. MCA/Chess' single-disc "His Best" remains the best purchase for novices, but "The Chess Box" is by far the best collection of Bo Diddley's unique blues, R&B, and piledriving proto-rock n' roll. Highly recommended.

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