Chess Box

The Chess Box

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by Bo Diddley
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/1990
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0076731950228
catalogNumber:
19502

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Bo Diddley
  2. I'm a Man
  3. You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)
  4. Diddley Daddy
  5. Pretty Thing
  6. Bring It to Jerome
  7. Bring It to Jerome
  8. Diddy Wah Diddy
  9. I'm Looking for a Woman
  10. Who Do You Love?
  11. Down Home Special
  12. Hey! Bo Diddley
  13. Mona
  14. Say Boss Man
  15. Before You Accuse Me
  16. Say Man
  17. Hush Your Mouth
  18. The Clock Strikes Twelve
  19. Dearest Darling
  20. Crackin' Up
  21. Don't Let It Go (Hold on to What You Got)
  22. I'm Sorry
  23. Mumblin' Guitar
  24. The Story of Bo Diddley

Disc 2

  1. She's Alright
  2. Say Man
  3. Roadrunner
  4. Spend My Life with You
  5. Cadillac
  6. Signifying Blues
  7. Deed and Deed I Do
  8. You Know I Love You
  9. Look at My Baby
  10. Ride on Josephine
  11. Aztec
  12. Back Home
  13. Pills
  14. [Untitled Instrumental]
  15. I Can Tell
  16. You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover
  17. Who May Your Lover Be
  18. The Greatest Lover in the World
  19. 500% More Man
  20. Ooh Baby
  21. Bo Diddley 1969

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bo Diddley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Billy Boy Arnold   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Henry Gray   Piano
Jody Williams   Guitar
Moonglows   Background Vocals
Lester Davenport   Harmonica
Eddie Drennon   Violone
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
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
B.B. King   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Layng Martine   Composer
Robert Palmer   Liner Notes
Jules Taub   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer

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The Chess Box 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.