Pickin’ My Way/Superpickers

Pickin’ My Way/Superpickers

by Chet Atkins
     
 

Raven's 2012 two-fer pairs two early-'70s albums from Chet Atkins: 1971's Pickin' My Way and 1974's Superpickers. Pickin' My Way followed 1970's Me & Jerry, a duet album with Jerry Reed that was a genuine hit, going all the way to 13 on the country charts. Reed steps into a co-producer's chair for Pickin' My Way and the record…  See more details below

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Raven's 2012 two-fer pairs two early-'70s albums from Chet Atkins: 1971's Pickin' My Way and 1974's Superpickers. Pickin' My Way followed 1970's Me & Jerry, a duet album with Jerry Reed that was a genuine hit, going all the way to 13 on the country charts. Reed steps into a co-producer's chair for Pickin' My Way and the record shares some tonal and structural similarities with its predecessors: once again there are covers of Paul Simon ("The Boxer") and the Beatles (solo McCartney in the form of "Junk") lying amid the standards. Despite the presence of "Black Mountain Rag," "Wabash Blues," and "Floatin' Down to Cotton Town," most of these standards come from Tin Pan Alley, not Tennessee, suggesting that this might be a somewhat sleepy affair, but that's not the case. Certainly, Pickin' My Way is mellow but it's also nimble and shaded, making it a nice blend of Music Town virtuosity and middle-of-the-road easy listening. Superpickers is a different beast, designed as something of a super jam session with a bunch of Nashville cats, including Johnny Gimble, Charlie McCoy, Weldon Myrick, Hargus Robbins, and many others. This shift in cast results in a shift in sensibility, bringing Atkins closer to the definition of an old-fashioned pickers match where the guys all sit around, emphasizing the playing instead of either the tune or feel. Superpickers is still plenty smooth and relaxed -- it was cut near the end of this kind of crossover country easy listening -- but it's so solipsistic it's often straight-up cornball, whether it's the goofy organ and horns on the opening "Paramaribo" or the joshing around on "Fiddlin' Around" or even the mock-blues opening riff on "Just Another Rag." Once the crew all settles in, however, this flows as sweet and easy as a backyard creek, a bottle of bourbon, or a jar of molasses -- choose your poison, it's all here for you.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
9398800036024
catalogNumber:
360
Rank:
154107

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chet Atkins   Primary Artist,Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Buddy Harman   Drums
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Bobby Thompson   Banjo,Guitar
Paul Yandell   Guitar,Ukulele
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Bob Moore   Bass
Larrie Londin   Drums

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Chet Atkins   Composer,Producer
Johnny Cash   Liner Notes
Don Gibson   Composer
Johnny Gimble   Composer
Jerry Reed   Producer
Steve Goodman   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Shirley Eikhard   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Yandell   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Composer
Ray Griff   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Dave Ringle   Composer
Fred Meinken   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes
F. Henri Klickmann   Composer
George Cobb   Composer
Louise Cook   Layout
Mat Camison   Composer
Ted Fiorito   Composer
Jack Frost   Composer
Bob Tubert   Liner Notes
Tommy Magnese   Composer

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