Pickin’ My Way/Superpickers

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800036024
  • Catalog Number: 360
  • Sales rank: 91,104

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 II 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
Warren Barnett Mastering
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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