The Chess Box

The Chess Box

by Bo Diddley


Product Details

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

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.