The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Bo DiddleyBo Diddley


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Universal's 2007 set The Definitive Collection is a retitled reissue of the previously released 1997 comp His Best. No matter the title, this is an excellent 20-track roundup of Bo basics. To be sure, not everything great that he did is here by any means -- a bunch of great singles are missing, such as the crushing boogie of "Diddly Wah Diddy," and it has few of his really funny, really gonzo, really out-there singles (for those, turn to the superb, absolutely essential Chess U.K. double-disc set The Story of Bo Diddley). Still, this presents the bulk of the classics ("Bo Diddley," "I'm a Man," "Who Do You Love?," "Bring It to Jerome," "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover," "Before You Accuse Me," "Road Runner," "Crackin' Up") in a thoroughly entertaining fashion, making it a good summary for most listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2007
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602517240834
catalogNumber: 000878602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bo Diddley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Billy Boy Arnold   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Little Walter   Harmonica
Jody Williams   Guitar
Cookies   Background Vocals
Lester Davenport   Harmonica
Eddie Drennon   Electric Violin
Flamingos   Background Vocals
Jerome Green   Maracas,Vocals,Background Vocals
Clifton James   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Otis Spann   Piano
Jesse James Johnson   Bass
Ricky Jolivet   Guitar
Bobby Baskerville   Background Vocals
Cornelia Redmond   Tambourine
Peggy Jones   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
Bo Diddley   Producer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Jerome Green   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Don Snowden   Liner Notes
George White   Source Material
Samuel F. Smith   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michel Ruppli   Source Material

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