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Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry - Bo's Beat c/w Chuck's Beatdotdotdotdot
artworkThis single contains the edits of the two main tracks from the Two Great Guitars album. These two men were, in many ways, the foundation for guitar instrumentals. Chuck Berry's riffs have been "liberated" a million times (the Beach Boys career was based on this sound coupled with acappella), and Bo Diddley's rhythmic intensity has been used repeatedly as well (look no further than Dick Dales "Surf Drums" / "Jungle Fever"). Both men depended on lead guitar at the birth of rock 'n' roll when virtually everyone around them relied on sax as the dominant instrument. The joint sessions here display the tension between these two very different styles and sounds.
Picks: Bo's Beat, Chuck's Beat

Track by Track Review


Bo's Beat dotdotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This fine song has all the necessary elements to live up to it's name. Bo's structures are always interesting, and this is no exception. It was recorded during the summer of 1964 with Chuck Berry (guitar), Bo Diddley (guitar), Lafayette Leake (piano), Billy Johnson or Chester Lindsey (bass), Billy Downing or Edell Robertson (drums), and Jerome Green (maracas).

Chuck's Beat dotdotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This fine instro was recorded during the summer of 1964 with Chuck Berry (guitar), Bo Diddley (guitar), Lafayette Leake (piano), Billy Johnson or Chester Lindsey (bass), Billy Downing or Edell Robertson (drums), and Jerome Green (maracas). It has an infectious and driving rhythm and interplay between these two great and different guitarists. It's a long track, full of ideas and chances taken, given it was an "orchestrated" jam. A fine track.