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Friday, June 6, 2008
Bo Diddley-itis The Chess Years Disc 9 and 10 "A Good Sickness To Have"
These are discs 9 & 10 out of 12 discs total, if you are keeping score. Later period Bo Diddley, when he was trying out different ideas, and trying to keep up with the psychedelic/blues times. Hey what do you do when other artists release albums like "Electric Mud" By Muddy Waters? Ya gotta try different things to become hipper to your audiences or more sell-able. That's probably what Chess Records folks said to him. Those were lean times...but the songs are still really cool. He paired up with Chuck Berry on some tracks here. Also trying for that "Funky Sound". I don't know about that...I think he was just fine in the 1950's, and who would argue, wasn't that wasn't cool enough? Oh, wait here; I did forget something..."You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" was written by Willie Dixon, but Bo really gave that song some real life. On Bo Diddley-itis there's some unusual songs written by: John Fogerty, Fats Domino, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Al Kooper. He's trying to branch out... The worse thing about blogging on here, is, when you click spellcheck, and each and every time it tells me I mispelled Bo Diddley! What a joke!