Bo Diddley (Elias McDaniel) was truly an American original. There will never be another Bo Diddley nor anyone in the music industry who could influence generations upon generations of aspiring rock ’n rollers like Bo Diddley has and continues to this day, even years after his short time on earth. Celebrating six decades in the music business, this Mississippian native initially captivated millions of kids in the fifties with his first recordings like Bo Diddley and Say Man. He drove the rockers mad with his famous guitar riffs and boogie beat, filled with poetic lyrics and a thrilling presence on the stage. Bringing his original “Bo Diddley Beat” to Chess Records in early 1955, the Chicago based label and the pioneer rocker hit a goldmine immediately with his arsenal of tunes that he presented to Phil and Leonard Chess. A lot of these great songs became top charting singles which culminated in his masterwork album Go! Bo Diddley. Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits Cracking Up, Bo roars through a treasure trove of 11 more champions which made this one of the most important and emulated albums of all time. The album features classic gems like his classics Dearest Darling, Say Man, Don’t Let It Go and The Clock Struck Twelve. Noted for his stellar guitar work, pretty much introducing his Bo Diddley Beat riff to a whole new generation of guitar players, Go! Bo Diddley was truly a primer for a ton of rock and blues artists for years like Eric Burdon and The Animals, George Thorogood, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Yardbirds. Bo Diddley opened the doors for millions of music fans around the world to enjoy rock and blues, making him along with Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Little Richard as one of the first pioneers of the popular recording business that we all enjoy to this day. Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Chess Records arsenal of fine recordings. That is why we are so very proud to announce our first installment in The Bo Diddley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his legendary masterpiece Go! Bo Diddley. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for the first time on audiophile vinyl from the Chess monophonic tapes, Bo Diddley’s Go! Bo Diddley will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time. To further celebrate this first time audiophile vinyl LP, we enhance this limited edition masterwork with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as two classic rare inside gatefold photos of the man who helped start rock and roll.
Bo Diddley...Go! Bo Diddley...Impeccable mono from the AUTHORIZED Chess Records tapes! Go Bo Diddley!