I know that before receiving â€œRide Onâ€, I was knowledgeable about some of Bo Diddleyâ€™s work but had no clue exactly how detailed and expansive the set of eir works truly was during this period. To put this in perspective, Hip-O Select is already on the third volume of their Diddley releases, and they are only three years out from Diddleyâ€™s debut release (1958â€™s eponymous album). Considering that Diddley was making music well into this decade, I believe that there is still a lot of material to plumb. However, I feel that this, the third volume in â€œThe Chess Mastersâ€, captures the most important period of Diddleyâ€™s career.
While the two previous releases in this set (respectively covering 1955 to 1958 and 1959 and 1960) are stellar in their own right, â€œRide Outâ€ seems to showcase a number of different interpretations of Diddleyâ€™s unique talent. Those that have the previous releases (or original copies of â€œBo Diddleyâ€, â€œGo Bo Diddleyâ€ and â€œHave Guitar Will Travelâ€) will notice an evolution in style. This evolution manifests itself in increased quality, but also in further variation of the sound first broached on these earlier releases. â€œRide Onâ€ is also strong in the sense that there are a number of alternate takes that give different interpretations for some of Diddleyâ€™s most important works during this time.
For example, three versions of â€œMule Trainâ€ are present here, a testament to the diversity of thought that Diddley placed into the recording of every song captured here. The presence of a fast and slow version of â€œHey, Hey (What Are You Going To Do?)â€ on the beginning of the second disc provides what really does sound like two different songs, in a far cry from the slightly sped-up tracks that pass for dance today. After listeners get through with the fifty-four tracks on â€œRide Onâ€, the detailed liner notes really prove a perfect cap on what may just be one of the most detailed looks that anyone has had on Bo Diddley eirself.
Top Tracks: Love Me, Say You Will (Alternate Take)
Bo Diddley – Ride On: The Chess Masters, Vol. 3 – 1960-1961 / 2009 Hip-O Select / 54 Tracks / http://www.hip-oselect.com