Me And Jerry/Me And Chet...Plus

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There may never have been a more complementary pair of guitarists than Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Atkins was a clean and elegant picker, Reed raucous and gregarious, but the two played without tension; they fit perfectly, with Jerry loosening up Chet while Atkins offered a tight counterpoint. This 2009 Raven two-fer combines their two earliest duets, 1970's Me & Jerry and its 1971 sequel, Me & Chet, adding six selections from Atkins' 1974 Picks on Jerry Reed, where Chet paid solo tribute to his friend, plus two signature songs from Reed, "The Claw" and "Alabama Jubilee." Me & Jerry may be the first of Chet & Jerry's recorded duets, but it's so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There may never have been a more complementary pair of guitarists than Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Atkins was a clean and elegant picker, Reed raucous and gregarious, but the two played without tension; they fit perfectly, with Jerry loosening up Chet while Atkins offered a tight counterpoint. This 2009 Raven two-fer combines their two earliest duets, 1970's Me & Jerry and its 1971 sequel, Me & Chet, adding six selections from Atkins' 1974 Picks on Jerry Reed, where Chet paid solo tribute to his friend, plus two signature songs from Reed, "The Claw" and "Alabama Jubilee." Me & Jerry may be the first of Chet & Jerry's recorded duets, but it's so relaxed in its interplay that it's clear that the two guitarists had been picking together for a long time. It's that smooth, easy feel that's the chief appeal of Me & Jerry, but it's also deceptive, hiding just how clever the duo's rearrangements of "MacArthur Park" and "Something" are. Then again, virtuosity is always more appealing when it doesn't call attention to itself, a trap Atkins and Reed always avoid here. The two simply lay back and play, trading lines and licks with an easy grace, having so much fun that it's impossible to not share in their joy. Released a year after Me & Jerry, Me & Chet is decidedly more produced than its predecessor -- there are traces of strings and wah-wah guitars, modern rhythms bubbling underneath the surface -- but the pleasures remain the same. It's still a gas to hear Reed and Atkins trade off licks, to intertwine their lines so smoothly it'd be hard to tell where one began and one ended, if they weren't separated into their own speakers Jerry on the left, Chet on the right. Me & Chet doesn't rely on pop hits the way Me & Jerry does -- "Mystery Train" and "I Saw the Light" are the two big hits here, sitting next to Liszt's "Liebestraum," Cindy Walker's "Flying South," and a fair number of copyrights by Jerry, along with Chet's "Nashtown Ville" -- so the focus is almost entirely on the picking, which remains a pure pleasure to hear. The six bonus tracks here come from Atkins' Picks on Jerry Reed, where Chet runs through some of Reed's original songs, relying on an electric guitar instead of the acoustic that dominated the two duet albums. Atkins gives these enjoyably clean readings, but it can sometimes drift toward sleepiness; he could have used a little bit of Reed's exuberance, which is plainly evident on the set's last two bonus tracks from Reed -- his signature "The Claw" and "Alabama Jubilee," the only song with a lead vocal here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657030127
  • Catalog Number: 301
  • Sales rank: 46,060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tennessee Stud (3:09)
  2. 2 Bridge Over Troubled Water (3:09)
  3. 3 MacArthur Park (2:49)
  4. 4 Old Man River (2:54)
  5. 5 Nut Sundae (2:39)
  6. 6 Cannonball Rag (2:14)
  7. 7 Wreck of the John B (3:00)
  8. 8 Stump Water (2:18)
  9. 9 The January-February March (2:49)
  10. 10 Something (2:17)
  11. 11 Jerry's Breakdown (2:11)
  12. 12 Limehouse Blues (2:39)
  13. 13 Liebestraum (2:42)
  14. 14 Serenade to Summertime (2:35)
  15. 15 Nashtown Ville (2:07)
  16. 16 Mystery Train (2:48)
  17. 17 The Mad Russian (2:14)
  18. 18 Flying South (2:33)
  19. 19 Good Stuff (2:42)
  20. 20 All I Ever Need Is You (2:09)
  21. 21 I Saw the Light (3:22)
  22. 22 I'll Say She Does (2:35)
  23. 23 East Wind (2:54)
  24. 24 Remembering (2:41)
  25. 25 Baby's Coming Home (2:25)
  26. 26 The Early Dawn (2:27)
  27. 27 Steeplechase Lane (2:29)
  28. 28 The Claw (2:01)
  29. 29 Alabama Jubilee (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chet Atkins Primary Artist, Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Jerry Reed Guitar
Ralph Gallant Drums
Jim Isbell Drums
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Paul Yandell Guitar
Technical Credits
Franz Liszt Composer
Chet Atkins Composer, Producer
Jerry Reed Producer
Merle Travis Composer
George Harrison Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Bob Ferguson Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Paul Yandell Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Jerry Reed Hubbard Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Peter Shillito Concept
Philip Braham Composer
Douglas Furber Composer
Terry Reilly Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
J. Holiday Composer
J. Fishman Composer
E. Reeves Composer
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