Bo Diddley – Go For Broke

By , July 15, 2012 12:35 pm


Listen/Download Bo Diddley – Go For Broke


Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your corner of this funky world.

The tune I bring you today is a particularly good one from the old timers get (or attempt to get) funky file (subfile: of course this is funky because why would I waste your time with an unsuccessful attempt?).

Diddley, Bo aka Elias McDaniel was not all that old when he laid down ‘Go For Broke’ in 1971 on the LP ‘Another Dimension’, thought at 43 he was a full generation beyond the vast majority of everyone else on the bench.

The old school rock and blues cats in the Chess/Checker/Cadet stable all (with the marked exception of Chuck Berry) tried to work in a more contemporary style during the late 60s/early 70s, including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

As these things go, Bo Diddley was – at least to my ears – more committed, if not always more successful than most.

The ‘Another Dimension’ LP was an odd mixed bag of uninspired contemporary cover material and interesting originals, of which today’s selection is one.

‘Go For Broke’ is notable, first and foremost for the very tasty break that opens the record, played by drummer John Berganti.

The song that follows basically absorbs the break – which keeps on rolling for almost a minute – and manages to be cool and jammy, if not incredibly distinctive.

The whole affair has a funky, slightly jazzy vibe, with touches of psychedelic guitar, and then the horns come in and ground things for a bit before the group settles into a Traffic-esque feel for the remainder of the cut.

It’s a mighty long way from the primal days of ‘Bo Diddley’ and ‘Who Do You Love’, but as fans of this period of Bo’s career can attest, it’s not at all out of character, and certainly worth hearing.

I hope you dig it and I’ll be back later in the week.

Keep the faith




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One Response to “Bo Diddley – Go For Broke”

  1. Donna Lethal says:

    Ooh, good one Larry! I haven’t heard these in ages!

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