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(2008/Geffen Records) 52 tracks, 150:27 min. The majority of recordings on this beautifully... more

Bo Diddley: Road Runner - The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-CD)

(2008/Geffen Records) 52 tracks, 150:27 min.
The majority of recordings on this beautifully edited compilation were previously unissued! Limited edition. Digipak.

Article properties: Bo Diddley: Road Runner - The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Bo Diddley

  • Album titlle: Road Runner - The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-CD)

  • Label HIP-O SELECT

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0602517663800

  • weight in Kg 0.16
Diddley, Bo - Road Runner - The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Mama Mia Bo Diddley
02 Bucket (take 1) Bo Diddley
03 Bucket (take 5) Bo Diddley
04 What Do You Know About Love Bo Diddley
05 Lazy Woman (alternative take 1) Bo Diddley
06 Lazy Woman (take 3) Bo Diddley
07 Come On Baby (take 2) Bo Diddley
08 Come On Baby (instrum. run through take 3) Bo Diddley
09 Come On Baby (take 4) Bo Diddley
10 Nursery Rhyme a/k/a Puttentang Bo Diddley
11 Mumblin' Guitar Bo Diddley
12 James' Intstrumental Bo Diddley
13 Silly Willy Bo Diddley
14 I Love You So a/k/a The Beat Bo Diddley
15 Story Of Bo Diddley a/k/a Story Bo Diddley
16 She's Alright (unedited version) Bo Diddley
17 She's Alright (alternate take) Bo Diddley
18 She's Alright (Mindy Lou) (alternate take) Bo Diddley
19 She's Alright Bo Diddley
20 Darling Tell Me Bo Diddley
21 Limbo a/k/a Limber (alternate take) Bo Diddley
22 Limbo a/k/a Limber Bo Diddley
23 Gonna Tell It Like Is It Bo Diddley
24 Say Man, Back Again (alternate take) Bo Diddley
25 Say Man, Back Again Bo Diddley
26 Jungle Bo Diddley
Diddley, Bo - Road Runner - The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Walking (take 2) Bo Diddley
02 Walking (take 4) Bo Diddley
03 To Each His Own Bo Diddley
04 Run Diddley Daddy Bo Diddley
05 Unknown Title Issued As Rund Diddley Daddy Bo Diddley
06 Road Runner (alternate take) Bo Diddley
07 Road Runner Bo Diddley
08 Spend My Life With You Bo Diddley
09 Love You Baby Bo Diddley
10 Diddling a/k/a Tash Bo Diddley
11 Cadillac Bo Diddley
12 Limbo Bo Diddley
13 Willie Fell In Love (version 1) Bo Diddley
14 Willie Fell In Love (version 2, take 10) Bo Diddley
15 Look At My Baby Bo Diddley
16 Better Watch Yourself Bo Diddley
17 Prisoner Of Love (fast version) Bo Diddley
18 Prisoner Of Love (slow version) Bo Diddley
19 You Know I Love You So Bo Diddley
20 Let Me In (alternate version 1) Bo Diddley
21 Let Me In (alternate version 2) Bo Diddley
22 Let Me In Bo Diddley
23 Signifying Blues (unedited) Bo Diddley
24 Signifying Blues Bo Diddley
25 Deed And Deed I Do (alternate take) Bo Diddley
26 Deed And Deed I Do Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley He may not have invented the shave-and-a-haircut rhythm synonymous with his... more
"Bo Diddley"

Bo Diddley

He may not have invented the shave-and-a-haircut rhythm synonymous with his name. But Bo Diddley and his beat were a primary factor in the development of rock 'n' roll. Bo’s seminal recordings for Chicago’s Checker Records came rooted in blues and slathered in savage tremolo-enriched guitar, reverberating with a tribal thunder harking back to African tradition.

 

"I had no influences when I first started," claimed the late Diddley. "I didn’t have nobody to copy after, because I couldn’t play blues, and I could not play like Muddy Waters. I wanted to, but I just couldn’t. I was cut out to be what I am."

 

He was born Ellas Bates on December 30, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi. "Chicago is like home to me," he said. "I don’t know too much about Mississippi." Young Ellas was reared by his mother’s first cousin Gussie McDaniel, accounting for his commonly cited surname. In 1934, they headed for Chicago’s South Side. When he was 12, his sister bought him a guitar for Christmas, and his future was assured.

 

Ellas formed his first band, the Hipsters, in 1946. "I used to play on the street corners," he said. "We had a washtub and a guitar, and I was the dude with the guitar. I had a fellow named Roosevelt Jackson that played the washtub."  They soon added guitarist Jody Williams. "We all kind of grew up together," said Bo. "I was a little bit older than all the rest of ‘em." Harpist Billy Boy Arnold joined the group in 1951. "I met Bo Diddley when I was 15 years old," says Arnold. "We were playing together on the street corners." Maracas shaker Jerome Green came in along the way. In early 1955, the guitarist worked up two songs to serve as a demo. "Bo had a home recorder, and we made a little dub," says Arnold. "We wound up at Chess, and Chess was where it happened." 

"I just walked in there one day, man, and just asked ‘em if they was makin’ records," said Bo. "They told me, ‘Yeah, what did I want?’ I said I wanted to make a record. So they made one on me." Phil Chess was so impressed that he asked Bo back the next day to audition for brother Leonard. "He had this particular style of his own," said the late Willie Dixon. "A new style was a great thing. We was often wondering whether it would go over or not. But he had that thing ‘I’m A Man.’"

 "About three or four days later," says Arnold, "we were in Universal Studios recording the smash hit ‘Bo Diddley’ and ‘I’m A Man.’" That was on March 2, 1955. Bo, Billy Boy, and Jerome were joined by drummer Clifton James and bassist Dixon. Bo had reworked his ribald Uncle John into Bo Diddley, which would prove an R&B chart-topper. The swaggering blues flip I’m A Man was a hit in its own right.

 

"Muddy was the basic foundation for that song," Bo admitted. "It was actually saying something back, you dig?"

"We thought the record was going to come out as Ellas McDaniel & the Hipsters, ‘cause that was our name," says Arnold. "When the record came out two weeks later, I was surprised. It was ‘Bo Diddley’ by Bo Diddley." It’s a safe bet that Bo’s dangerous Africanized beat would have never passed muster with a major label, at least in the pure, raw form it appears in here; it took visionaries like the Chess brothers to recognize his genius. Muddy took immediate notice, cooking up Manish Boy and enjoying his own Chess hit. "Bo Diddley, he was tracking me down with my beat when he made ‘I’m A Man.’ That’s from ‘Hoochie Coochie Man.’ Then I got on it with ‘Manish Boy’ and just drove him out of my way," said Muddy. With Eric Clapton on guitar, The Yardbirds cut a driving ‘64 version.

Though Billy Boy claims Diddley’s stage moniker stemmed from a comic they saw at the Indiana Theater, Bo explained its murky origins this way: "Ellas McDaniel is not commercial. But somebody named Bo Diddley—everybody says, ‘What? Who in the heck would be named that?’ But the kids named me that when I was going to grammar school here. Don’t ask me what it means, ‘cause I don’t know!" 

 Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Diddley, Bo - Road Runner - The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Mama Mia
02 Bucket (take 1)
03 Bucket (take 5)
04 What Do You Know About Love
05 Lazy Woman (alternative take 1)
06 Lazy Woman (take 3)
07 Come On Baby (take 2)
08 Come On Baby (instrum. run through take 3)
09 Come On Baby (take 4)
10 Nursery Rhyme a/k/a Puttentang
11 Mumblin' Guitar
12 James' Intstrumental
13 Silly Willy
14 I Love You So a/k/a The Beat
15 Story Of Bo Diddley a/k/a Story
16 She's Alright (unedited version)
17 She's Alright (alternate take)
18 She's Alright (Mindy Lou) (alternate take)
19 She's Alright
20 Darling Tell Me
21 Limbo a/k/a Limber (alternate take)
22 Limbo a/k/a Limber
23 Gonna Tell It Like Is It
24 Say Man, Back Again (alternate take)
25 Say Man, Back Again
26 Jungle
Diddley, Bo - Road Runner - The Chess Masters 1959-1960 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Walking (take 2)
02 Walking (take 4)
03 To Each His Own
04 Run Diddley Daddy
05 Unknown Title Issued As Rund Diddley Daddy
06 Road Runner (alternate take)
07 Road Runner
08 Spend My Life With You
09 Love You Baby
10 Diddling a/k/a Tash
11 Cadillac
12 Limbo
13 Willie Fell In Love (version 1)
14 Willie Fell In Love (version 2, take 10)
15 Look At My Baby
16 Better Watch Yourself
17 Prisoner Of Love (fast version)
18 Prisoner Of Love (slow version)
19 You Know I Love You So
20 Let Me In (alternate version 1)
21 Let Me In (alternate version 2)
22 Let Me In
23 Signifying Blues (unedited)
24 Signifying Blues
25 Deed And Deed I Do (alternate take)
26 Deed And Deed I Do