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Sometimes lost in the carefully tailored “greatest hits” collections that eventually sum up many music legend’s careers is just how crazy and messy their music actually was. Bo Diddley is best known for a handful of hits and key tracks (“I’m a Man,” “Bo Diddley,” “Who Do You Love,” “Say Man,” “Before You Accuse Me”) and his “shave and a haircut / two bits” rhythm attack, but the man was a recording artist who enjoyed experimenting with sound and persona and built his own recording studio in Washington, D.C., long before many of his contemporaries ever considered the idea. This collection from 1960-61 captures Bo’s wild and varied side: instrumental pieces, doo-wop ballads, off-hand improvisations, folk tunes, blues standards — anything the man could pull together. It’s a rough, pure look at one of early rock ‘n’ roll’s most formidable influences. Seventeen tracks are previously unreleased with many others also being obscurities known only to Diddley’s hardcore loyalists. But it doesn’t take a hardcore fan to enjoy the soulful pathos of “Love Me” or the silly bounce of “Funny Talk” or the kooky menace of “Bring Them Back Alive (Funny Talk).” Just open ears.

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Great!! But...

Where's "Here 'Tis"?.....

WHO DO YOU LOVE????.....IT's Bo DidLEy BABY......

Classic stuff from ONE of rocks most influential artists he did'nt just play he PLAYED!!!


Born: December 30, 1928 in McComb, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

He only had a few hits in the 1950s and early '60s, but as Bo Diddley sang, "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover." You can't judge an artist by his chart success, either, and Diddley produced greater and more influential music than all but a handful of the best early rockers. The Bo Diddley beat -- bomp, ba-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp -- is one of rock & roll's bedrock rhythms, showing up in the work of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, and even pop-garage knock-offs like the Strangeloves' 1965 hit "I Want...
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