The Essential Chet Atkins is a two-disc compilation recording by American guitarist Chet Atkins, released in 2007 on the Legacy label. The 40 tracks span Atkins' career from "Chet Atkins and the All-Star Hillbillies" ("Guitar Blues") released on Bullet Records to his last solo album Almost Alone ("Big Foot"). The selections include not only Chet's solo recordings and his duets with other guitar players, but also include songs he contributed to as a sideman.
The Essential: Chet Atkins, 2007.
Album · 1996 · 40 Songs. Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler. The Collection: Brad Paisley.
The Essential Early Recordings, Volume 5. Chet Atkins. The Essential Early Recordings, Volume 4. The Essential Early Recordings, Volume 3. The Essential Early Recordings, Volume 2. The Essential Early Recordings, Volume 1. Chet Atkins - The Country Legends. Chet Atkins - Mr. Guitar - The Complete Recordings 1955-1960 Vol3.
Atkins' virtuosity as a guitarist has never been in question, but here it's allied with good material and taste, showing him as a fine blender of hillbilly, boogie, and jazz styles in a variety of contexts. It's mostly instrumental, of course, but wisely his talents as a sideman are showcased here and there too on vocal sides by the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, Eddy Arnold, the Everly Brothers, and Don Gibson.
Exclusively for Prime members. I never really heard him until just a couple of years ago when I picked up a CD at a local library when I was feeling a bit glum and wanted to find something perhaps a bit surprising. I was teaching a class of college freshmen and was disappointed with how devoid of any sense of recent (or any other!) cultural history they all were-even the "A" students.
|–Chet Atkins||Mr. Sandman||2:16|
|–Chet Atkins||The Poor People Of Paris||1:57|
|–Chet Atkins||Boo Boo Stick Beat||2:07|
|–Chet Atkins||Alley Cat||2:20|
|–Chet Atkins||Yakety Axe||2:01|
|–Chet Atkins||Blue Angel||2:23|
|–Chet Atkins||Theme From "Zorba The Greek"||3:00|
|–Chet Atkins||Steeplechase Lane||2:24|
|–Chet Atkins With Jerry Reed||Jerry's Breakdown||2:09|
|–Chet Atkins||Black Mountain Rag||2:33|
|–Chet Atkins||Fiddlin' Around||3:08|
|–Chet Atkins||Somewhere My Love||2:34|
|–Chet Atkins||The Entertainer|
|–Chet Atkins||Londonderry Air||2:48|
|–Chet Atkins||On My Way To Canaan's Land||3:05|
|–Chet Atkins With Doc Watson||Tennessee Rag / Beaumont Rag||2:25|
|–Chet Atkins||Chet's Medley||4:29|
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