Bo Diddley – A Man Amongst Men

A Man Amongst Men
A Man Amongst Men

Okay, it seems kind of weird to write a review of a guy who’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but this is such a good album that I had to.

We know Bo isn’t going to play any killer licks a l Stevie Ray or Clapton. But he will play that classic Bo Diddley beat. Check out “Hey Baby,” with the beat and the nasty lyric, and you know you’re in the presence of some serious rock and roll.

There are some excellent guests on the CD. Ron Wood, Johnnie Johnson, Keith Richards, Richie Sambora, the late Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and Jimmie Vaughan all add to the proceeding, including some wonderful guitar work.

But, what really sticks out here is Bo’s vocal talent. Cuts like “That Mule,” “Can I Walk You Home,” and “I Can’t Stand It,” show Bo at the top of his game.

If you’re looking for guitar highlights, both “He’s Got A Key” and “Coatimundi” feature excellent solos from Jimmy Vaughan, the man who just looks like a guitar player. To me, his style is as immediately recognizable as his little brother’s. A killer blues/roots rock player.

There’s also some fine work by Sambora. His very tasty blues playing on “Can I Walk You Home” leads to an out-and-out screaming nasty solo as the song ends. Good stuff.

This is an excellent album if you’re looking for good old-fashioned rock and roll album. One listen will show you that Bo is indeed, still, a man amongst men.

This article originally appeared in VG‘s Nov. ’96 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.