Two Great Guitars Songs Ranked

Two Great Guitars is a studio album by Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, released in August 1964 by Checker Records, a subsidiary of Chess Records. It is considered one of the earliest “super session” albums of rock music.[by whom?] It was the first studio album issued by Berry after his release from prison. The two men were friends, and both recorded for Chess. The album consists of two lengthy spontaneous instrumental jams plus a couple of recently recorded instrumentals by the two guitarists; additional instrumental recordings, three by Diddley and one by Berry, are included in the compact disc reissue. The album cover shows a Gibson ES-350T owned by Berry and a guitar created by Diddley. Here are all of Two Great Guitars songs ranked.

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4. Chuck Berry – Liverpool Drive

“The music turns out to be pleasant enough, but, well… it’s really missing something; I guess both Chuck and Bo were not too inspired during the sessions. Two great guitars do not automatically make a great album.”

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3. Bo Diddley / Chuck Berry – Bo’s Beat

“Although the sum of these two names is a guarantee of good music, this album did not have much significance. But here’s good music, that Bo and Chuck decided to show in original way: only two songs per side. In each side appears firstly a short track followed by a long instrumental track, where they delivered everything that led to their fame.”

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry (crosspost from r/OldSchoolCoolMusic): blues

2. Bo Diddley – When the Saints Go Marching In

“A purely instrumental album of two early rock guitar giants. Each one is doing a short instrumental on his own, followed by a 10-minute jam with both Bo and Chuck.”

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1. Bo Diddley / Chuck Berry – Chuck’s Beat

“Diddley and Berry are, of course, rock legends and fantastic guitarists, but the most impressive thing about Two Great Guitars is how it predicts the type of blues rock and psychedelic jams that would come later in the decade. The short pieces are nice, but clearly “Chuck’s Beat” and “Bo’s Beat” are the highlights. We get two sprawling, repetitive jams from when people didn’t really make sprawling, repetitive jams. These can’t be called psychedelic (too early…) but they are certainly hypnotic.”