Diddley wore huge glasses, sported impossibly loud check jackets and wielded a distinctive rectangular guitar - but the
thing that really made him stand out from the crowd was his trademark 'hambone' guitar riff. Even though Bo didn't
exactly invent the riff, he definitely made it his own and parlayed it into an entire career, represented here by the
eponymous Bo Diddley, the romantic pleas of Pretty Thing, the yearning Mona, and the boastful strut of Gunslinger. All
of which prove what an amazing range of material could be squeezed out of just one beat. But Bo couldn't keep that beat
all to himself, because it was highly infectious. The rest of this 2-CD set is crammed with fine examples of those who fell under Bo's influence, which amounted to pretty much everybody who was anybody at the time.