Guitar Legend: The RCA Years

Guitar Legend: The RCA Years

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by Chet Atkins
     
 

Listen to any of the 50 tracks on this astounding collection of country guitar playing, and you can tell Chet Atkins loves his work. Gleaning the best from his 30-year ride with RCA, GUITAR LEGEND finds the picker grinning broadly as he tries his hand at everything from swing and string band music to dreamy pop and electronic experimentation. Underpinning it all is… See more details below

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Listen to any of the 50 tracks on this astounding collection of country guitar playing, and you can tell Chet Atkins loves his work. Gleaning the best from his 30-year ride with RCA, GUITAR LEGEND finds the picker grinning broadly as he tries his hand at everything from swing and string band music to dreamy pop and electronic experimentation. Underpinning it all is the musical taste and noted understatement that made Atkins one of the most celebrated and successful producers in country music. His association with RCA is the stuff of legend: After backing everyone from the Carter Family and Hank Williams to Elvis, Chet, the producer, introduced country to the mainstream with his sweet Nashville sound in the '50s and '60s. Along the way, he never stopped practicing the Merle Travis-style fingerpicking that first drew him to the guitar. GUITAR LEGEND follows him pushing the guitar into uncharted territory. From the 1947 "Dizzy Fingers" through the 1955 hit "Mr. Sandman" and the Ventures-inspiring "Walk, Don't Run," Chet lays down chunks of hip-swaying virtuosity as fun for the listener as they are astounding to other musicians. Don't miss the stellar supporting cast, including Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow, Jerry Byrd, and Charlie McCoy. A joyful set from a legend playing for the love of the game. Karl Hagstrom Miller

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Considering the incredible amount of influence and prestige Chet Atkins has pumped into country music in the last 50 years, it's strange that there aren't more greatest-hits packages on the market of real value. While RCA's Essential Chet Atkins attempts the near-impossible task of condensing the guitarist's vast 30-year output onto a single disc, Bear Family's four-disc box is characteristically too exhaustive and expensive to be practical. With 50 tracks spanning from his first recordings in 1947 to the Nashville Guitar Quartet sessions 30 years later, the two-disc retrospective Guitar Legend is arguably the first affordable collection to paint a comprehensive picture. Despite the inclusion of a vocal track, "Tellin' My Troubles to My Old Guitar," the set is focused on the stylistic innovations Atkins brought to Travis-picking, and thus, country music. Each phase of his development is documented, with an emphasis on his classic early group recordings. His saccharine '60s output receives minor attention, as do his ventures into straight jazz, allowing plenty of room for his trademark fingerpicking to be heard without the strings and other excesses that tended to clutter his albums. Most of his hits are here, as well as a few tracks previously unissued in the U.S.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
Label:
Buddha
UPC:
0744659967320
catalogNumber:
99673
Rank:
31673

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Canned Heat
  2. The Nashville Jump
  3. Dizzy Strings
  4. Tellin' My Troubles to My Old Guitar
  5. Dance of the Golden Rod
  6. Galloping on the Guitar
  7. Centipede Boogie
  8. Main Street Breakdown
  9. Indian Love Call
  10. Mountain Melody
  11. Jitterbug Waltz
  12. Rainbow
  13. Nobody's Sweetheart
  14. Chinatown, My Chinatown
  15. Fiddle Patch
  16. (When It's) Darkness on the Delta
  17. High Rockin' Swing
  18. Guitars on Parade
  19. Oh! By Jingo
  20. The Bells of St. Mary's
  21. Country Gentleman
  22. Memphis Blues
  23. Downhill Drag
  24. Ballin' the Jack
  25. Silver Bell

Disc 2

  1. Mr. Sandman
  2. New Spanish Two-Step
  3. The Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song)
  4. Tweedlee Dee
  5. Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry)
  6. Blue Ocean Echo
  7. Trambone
  8. Dig These Blues
  9. Yesterdays
  10. Walk, Don't Run
  11. Hot Toddy
  12. Slinkey
  13. Frankie and Johnny
  14. Windy and Warm
  15. Early Times
  16. Satan's Doll
  17. So Rare
  18. Yakety Axe
  19. Blue Angel
  20. Steeplechase Lane
  21. Black Mountain Rag
  22. Take Five
  23. Blue Finger
  24. Cascade
  25. Carolina Shout

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Atkins   Primary Artist,Guitar
Hank Snow   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Chet Atkins   Composer,Producer
Merle Travis   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Johnny Smith   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Elliott Federman   Mastering
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Boots Randolph   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Producer,Liner Notes
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
James Rich   Composer
Jack Sharpe   Composer
Rob Santos   Producer
Pete Ciccone   Art Direction
William Jerome   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer

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