Editors’ Notes Sometimes lost in the carefully tailored “greatest hits” collections that eventually sum up many music legend’s careers is just how crazy and messy their music actually was. Bo Diddley is best known for a handful of hits and key tracks (“I’m a Man,” “Bo Diddley,” “Who Do You Love,” “Say Man,” “Before You Accuse Me”) and his “shave and a haircut / two bits” rhythm attack, but the man was a recording artist who enjoyed experimenting with sound and persona and built his own recording studio in Washington, D.C., long before many of his contemporaries ever considered the idea. This collection from 1960-61 captures Bo’s wild and varied side: instrumental pieces, doo-wop ballads, off-hand improvisations, folk tunes, blues standards — anything the man could pull together. It’s a rough, pure look at one of early rock ‘n’ roll’s most formidable influences. Seventeen tracks are previously unreleased with many others also being obscurities known only to Diddley’s hardcore loyalists. But it doesn’t take a hardcore fan to enjoy the soulful pathos of “Love Me” or the silly bounce of “Funny Talk” or the kooky menace of “Bring Them Back Alive (Funny Talk).” Just open ears.

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My White Horse (Take 4)
1
2:23
 
Live My Life
2
2:43
 
Scuttle Bug
3
2:28
 
Love Me
4
2:24
 
Walkin' and Talkin' (Unedited Version)
5
3:36
 
Mule Train (Lead Vocal)
6
3:34
 
Travelin' West
7
1:48
 
Mule Train (Group Vocal)
8
2:44
 
Mule Train (Alternate Group Vocal)
9
3:18
 
Merengue (Limbo)
10
4:03
 
Say You Will
11
3:05
 
Say You Will (Alternate Take)
12
2:26
 
Craw-Dad
13
2:31
 
Ride On Josephine
14
3:03
 
No More Lovin'
15
2:27
 
No More Lovin' (Alternate Take)
16
3:03
 
Do What I Say
17
2:49
 
Doing the Crawdaddy
18
3:05
 
Whoa Mule (Shine)
19
2:30
 
Cheyenne
20
2:01
 
Sixteen Tons
21
2:29
 
Googlia Moo
22
3:02
 
Working Man
23
2:32
 
Gun Slinger
24
1:55
 
Somewhere
25
2:37
 
Hey, Hey (What Are You Going to Do?) [Fast Version]
1
1:42
 
Hey, Hey (What Are You Going to Do?) [Slow Version]
2
3:03
 
Can You Shimmy?
3
2:44
 
I'm Hungry
4
2:56
 
Hey Pretty Baby (Slow Version)
5
1:49
 
Hey Pretty Baby (Fast Version)
6
1:39
 
Oh Yeah (AKA Oh Yes)
7
3:21
 
Huckleberry Bush (Hully Hully Gully)
8
2:33
 
Come On Baby (AKA The Soup Maker)
9
2:39
 
All Together
10
2:25
 
Watusi Bounce
11
2:57
 
Mess Around
12
2:26
 
Doodlin'
13
2:32
 
Bo Didley Is an Outlaw (Fast Version)
14
2:31
 
Bo Didley Is an Outlaw (Slow Version)
15
2:15
 
Aloha
16
3:01
 
Funny Talk
17
2:36
 
Instrumental
18
2:39
 
Bring Them Back Alive (Funny Talk)
19
2:27
 
When the Saints Go Marching In
20
1:44
 
Shank
21
1:56
 
The Twister
22
2:07
 
Bo Diddley Is a Lover
23
2:32
 
Love Is a Secret
24
3:05
 
Bo Diddley Is Loose
25
3:02
 
Congo
26
2:39
 
Aztec
27
2:28
 
Call Me (Bo's Blues)
28
2:37
 
Bo's Vacation
29
2:51
 

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