- Released: February 1, 1997
- Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
Living Blues - Jan/Feb 93, pp.76-78
"...from every perspective, this disc is far nore important now than it was 28 years ago..."
- 1.Livepool Drive
- 2.Chuck's Beat
- 3.When Then Saints Go Marchin In
- 4.BO's Beat
- 5.Long Distance Call
- 6.Medley: Ooh Baby Wrecking My Love Life
- 7.Sweet Little Angel
- 9.Diddley Daddy
- 10.Little Red Rooster
- 11.Going Down Slow
Personnel: Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Duchess, Lady Bo (guitars); Lafayette Leake, Paul Williams (piano); Billy Johnson (bass, guitar); Jesse James Johnson, Willie Dixon, Chester Lindsey (bass); Fred Below, Clifton James, Billy Downing, Edell Robertson, Odie Payne (drums); Jerome Green (maracas).
Recorded in Chicago and Washington D.C. between December, 1957 and July 25, 1966. Originally released on Checker (2991). Includes liner notes by Andy McKaie and original release liner notes by Dick LaPalm.
Two rock & roll legends have albums collected here, with Bo Diddley offering TWO GREAT GUITARS and Chuck Berry presenting THE SUPPER SUPER BLUES BAND, with a little help from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.
Liner Note Authors: Dick Lapalm; Neil Slaven; Richard Meltzer.
Recording information: Ter Mar Studios, Chicago, IL.
Bo Diddley shared this 1964 Chess album with his labelmate, Chuck Berry. They duel it out on a pair of incredibly lengthy instrumentals (brilliantly titled "Chuck's Beat" and "Bo's Beat") that get tiresome long before they run their full course. Better (and briefer) are two numbers where they don't cross paths -- Diddley's rendering of "When the Saints Go Marching In," and Berry's amazing country breakdown "Liverpool Drive." A couple of bonus Bo Diddley sides ("Stay Sharp" and "Stinkey,") also make this digital re-incarnation worth acquiring. ~ Bill Dahl