- Released: February 15, 2010
- Label: Ais
- 1.Bo Diddley [2:31]
- 2.I'm A Man [2:47]
- 3.Bring It To Jerome [2:29]
- 4.Before You Accuse Me [3:07]
- 5.Hey!, Bo Diddley [2:13]
- 6.Dearest Darling [2:51]
- 7.Hush Your Mouth [2:50]
- 8.Say Boss Man [2:33]
- 9.Diddley Daddy [2:29]
- 10.Diddy Wah Diddy [2:31]
- 11.Who Do You Love? [2:29]
- 12.Pretty Thing [2:46]
- 13.Crackin' Up [2:06]
- 14.I'm Sorry [2:26]
- 15.Bo's Guitar [2:35]
- 16.Willie and Lillie [2:17]
- 17.You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) [2:45]
- 18.Say Man [3:12]
- 19.The Great Grandfather [2:30]
- 20.Oh Yeah [3:08]
- 21.Don't Let It Go (Hold On To What You Got) [2:42]
- 22.Little Girl [2:32]
- 23.The Clock Strikes Twelve [2:57]
- 24.Heart - O - Matic Love [2:47]
- 25.Bo Meets The Monster [3:06] (B - side of Willie and Lillie's single edition)
Personnel includes: Bo Diddley (vocals, guitar, violin), Jerome Green (vocals, maracas), Jody Williams (guitar), Otis Spann (piano), Willie Dixon (bass), Frank Kirkland (drums).
Recorded in Chicago between 1955-1958.
All songs written by Ellis "Bo Diddley" McDaniel except "Bring It To Jerome" (Jerome Green) and "Pretty Thing" (Willie Dixon).
2 LPs on 1 CD. BO DIDDLEY is available seperately on cassette.
Legendary guitarist, gifted songwriter, master of rhythm, snappy dresser -- Bo Diddley is all these things and more, and this two-fer CD, which reissues Diddley's first two albums on one convenient compact disc, offers a solid introduction to this man's special brand of musical innovation. While anyone looking for a full overview of Diddley's career should obviously go elsewhere (His Best [Chess 50th Anniversary Collection] is a great one-stop shopping place for beginners), these 23 tunes serve up a young Bo Diddley at his raw and primal best, and confirm that right out of the box the guy didn't sound like anyone else in rock & roll. Between Diddley's hypnotic, rhythmic guitar lines; the implacable rattle of Jerome Green's maracas; the spacy echo that threatens to envelop everything around it; and the borderline surrealism of the lyrics (witness the updated "Mr. Bones" routine of "Say Man," the overpopulated family of "Say Bossman," or the supreme bad-ass-ism of "Who Do You Love"), this man's music existed in a world of its own, and while you might not want to live there, the one-hour tour offered on Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley makes it sound like a great place to take a vacation. In the interest of accuracy, this disc even includes the same take of "Dearest Darling" twice, since the tune managed to appear on both Bo Diddley and Go Bo Diddley; nice to know someone at Chess' reissue department was paying attention to the details. ~ Mark Deming