His Best (Bo Diddley album)

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His Best
His Best Bo Diddley.jpg
Greatest hits album by Bo Diddley
Released April 8, 1997 (1997-04-08)[1]
Recorded March 2, 1955 - September 11, 1966[1][2] in Chicago, Illinois[3]
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Label Chess/MCA
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Bo Diddley, Andy McKaie[3][4]
Bo Diddley chronology
Hey! Bo Diddley/Bo Diddley
(1996)
His Best
(1997)
20th Century Masters
(2000)
Alternative cover
The 2007 reissue by Geffen Records as The Definitive Collection

His Best is a 1997 greatest hits compilation album by American rock and roll icon Bo Diddley released by Chess and MCA Records on April 8, 1997 (see 1997 in music).[1] The album was re-released by Geffen Records on April 17, 2007 as The Definitive Collection with a different album cover.[2] The Definitive Collection reached #2 on Billboard magazine's Blues Albums chart on June 21, 2008, which was the week that the album debuted on the charts.[5]

Album Background[edit]

As a greatest hits album His Best features almost all of Bo Diddley's charters on The Billboard from 1955's "Bo Diddley" through 1967's "Ooh Baby" (except for "Say Man, Back Again"), although it excluded the UK hit "Hey Good Looking". The album features songs listed in chronological order by when the songs were recorded.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ellas McDaniel, except where noted. 

No. Title Recording date[3] Length
1. "Bo Diddley"   March 2, 1955 2:48
2. "I'm a Man"   March 2, 1955 3:02
3. "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)"   March 2, 1955 2:54
4. "Diddley Daddy" (McDaniel, Harvey Fuqua) May 15, 1955 2:28
5. "Pretty Thing" (Willie Dixon) July 14, 1955 2:51
6. "Bring It to Jerome" (Jerome Green) July 14, 1955 2:30
7. "I'm Looking for a Woman"   November 10, 1955 2:34
8. "Who Do You Love?"   May 24, 1956 2:30
9. "Hey! Bo Diddley"   February 8, 1957 2:14
10. "Mona (I Need You Baby)"   February 8, 1957 2:23
11. "Before You Accuse Me"   August 15, 1957 3:07
12. "Say Man"   January 29, 1958 3:16
13. "Dearest Darling"   January 29, 1958 2:54
14. "Crackin' Up"   December 1958 2:07
15. "The Story of Bo Diddley"   Early September 1958 2:54
16. "Road Runner"   Late September 1958 2:48
17. "Pills"   May 2, 1961 2:52
18. "I Can Tell" (Samuel Smith) June 27, 1962 4:35
19. "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover" (Dixon) June 27, 1962 3:16
20. "Ooh Baby"   September 11, 1966 3:49

Personnel[edit]

Per liner notes[3] and Allmusic[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Koda, Cub. "Overview: His Best by Bo Diddley". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Overview: The Definitive Collection by Bo Diddley". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e His Best (CD liner). Bo Diddley. United States: Chess Records/MCA Records. 1997. CHD-9373. 
  4. ^ a b "Credits: The Definitive Collection by Bo Diddley". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Blues Albums: The week of Hune 21, 2008". Billboard. Retrieved December 3, 2010.