CD The Essential [Chet Atkins] [CD Boxset] [2 discs] (CD 1146948),
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The Essential [Chet Atkins] [CD Boxset] [2 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Guitar Blues (Pickin' the Blues)
    2. Bug Dance
    3. Dizzy Strings
    4. Centipede Boogie
    5. Mainstreet Breakdown
    6. Root, Hog or Die
    7. Jitterbug Waltz
    8. Third Man Theme, The
    9. Black Mountain Rag
    10. Country Gentleman
    11. City Slicker
    12. Mister Sandman
    13. Poor People of Paris, The (Jean's Song)
    14. Big D
    15. Trambone
    16. Should We Tell Him
    17. Hidden Charm
    18. Oh Lonesome Me
    19. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
    20. Slinkey
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Boo Boo Stick Beat
    2. Hot Mocking Bird
    3. Slop, The
    4. Man of Mystery
    5. Wheels
    6. Teen Scene
    7. Freight Train
    8. Satan's Doll
    9. Yakety Axe
    10. Taste of Honey, A
    11. Drive In
    12. Get on With It
    13. Cannonball Rag
    14. Take Five
    15. Is Anything Better Than This
    16. It's Been a Long Time
    17. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
    18. Poor Boy Blues
    19. Sneakin' Around
    20. Big Foot
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 88697076772

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Knopfler; Chet Atkins; Lenny Breau; Archie Bleyer; Anita Kerr; Jim Bullet; Chester B. Atkins; Stephen H. Sholes; Bob Ferguson; Charles Grean; Bob Irwin (Compilation)

    Additional personnel: Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, Merle Travis.
    THE ESSENTIAL CHET ATKINS is a solid two-disc overview of one of country music's true pioneers. Chet Atkins, as an artist, session guitarist, and producer, is one of the key figures in country music, the man most responsible for the development of the pop-oriented "countrypolitan" sound in the 1960s. This 40-track anthology covers all of Atkins's career and includes such canonical Atkins favorites as "Guitar Blues (Pickin' the Blues)" and "Country Gentleman," which provided the guitarist with his nickname. The set also includes comparative rarities such as a collaboration with Mother Maybelle Carter on the old folk standard "Root Hog Or Die" and the late-1950s stab at rock & roll, "Teen Scene." This is an ideal starting point for novices.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.76) - "THE ESSENTIAL CHET ATKINS showcases his considerable skills on the guitar....The dynamic duo of Chet Atkins and Les Paul is a formidable six-string powerhouse if ever there was one."
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