Bo Diddley - Surfin’ with Bo Diddley

TJR says:

Not in my collection.

The Pro review:

This is where Bo — or, more properly, Chess Records — really took a wrong step, starting with the fact that The Originator himself is actually on only about half of the cuts here, the balance having been recorded by guitarist Billy Lee Riley. The idea wasn’t as bad as it sounded, at least on paper — Bo had been an indirect influence on tons of surf bands, with his signature grunge guitar-sound, but the surf music world wasn’t ready for a Bo-style instrumental rendition of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II Showboat standard "Ol’ Man River," and Bo’s own inspiration behind songs like "Surfer’s Love Call" was muted, to say the least. Almost as bad — although more entertaining — is "Low Tide," Bo’s rewrite of Bill Justis’ "Raunchy." The best tracks are "Cookie Headed Diddley" and "Surf, Sink or Swim," which come close to matching some of Bo’s solid material from earlier albums and singles.

1.5 / 5
Bruce Eder

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The complete “A-list” discography of Bo Diddley:

Bo Diddley 【1958】 (1958) Go Bo Diddley (1959) Have Guitar Will Travel (1960) Bo Diddley in the Spotlight (1960) Bo Diddley is a Gunslinger (1960) Bo Diddley is a Lover (1961) Bo Diddley’s A Twister (1962) Bo Diddley 【1962】 (1962) Bo Diddley and Company (1963) Surfin’ with Bo Diddley (1963) Two Great Guitars (1964) Hey Good Lookin’ (1965) 500% More Man (1965) The Black Gladiator (1970) Another Dimension (1971) Where It All Began (1972) The London Bo Diddley Sessions (1973) Big Bad Bo (1974) Ain’t It Good to be Free (1983) Breakin’ Through The BS (1989) This Should Not Be (1993) Promises (1994) A Man Amongst Men (1996) Moochas Gracias (2002)