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The Essential: Chet Atkins


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Artist: Chet Atkins
Release date: 2007
Genre: World Music, Country
Tracks: 40
Duration: 01:41:19
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No. Title Length
1. Guitar Blues (Pickin' the Blues) 2:47
2. Bug Dance 2:53
3. Dizzy Strings (Buddha Remastered - 2000) 2:40
4. Centipede Boogie (Buddha Remastered - 2000) 2:38
5. Main Street Breakdown (Buddha Remastered) 2:14
6. Root, Hog or Die 2:30
7. Jitterbug Waltz 2:34
8. The Third Man Theme 2:23
9. Black Mountain Rag 2:14
10. Country Gentleman (Buddha Remastered) 2:12
11. City Slicker 2:19
12. Mister Sandman 2:14
13. The Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song) [Buddha Remastered] 1:56
14. Big D (With Eddy Arnold) 2:14
15. Trambone 2:10
16. Should We Tell Him (With The Everly Brothers) 2:05
17. Hidden Charm 2:29
18. Oh Lonesome Me (Buddha Remastered) 2:31
19. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles 1:34
20. Slinkey (Buddha Remastered) 2:01
21. Boo Boo Stick Beat 2:07
22. Hot Mocking Bird 2:10
23. The Slop 2:15
24. Man of Mystery 2:03
25. Wheels 2:28
26. Teen Scene 1:57
27. Freight Train 2:02
28. Satan's Doll (Buddha Remastered) 3:48
29. Yakety Axe (Buddha Remastered) 2:03
30. A Taste of Honey 2:38
31. Drive In 2:17
32. Get On With It 2:08
33. Cannonball Rag 2:12
34. Take Five (Buddha Remastered) 2:41
35. Is Anything Better Than This 2:27
36. It's Been a Long, Long Time 3:30
37. Polka Dots and Moonbeams 5:48
38. Poor Boy Blues 4:02
39. Sneakin' Around 4:25
40. Big Foot 1:40



Chet Atkins is more esteemed as a session musician and producer than as a solo artist, and critics have rightly noted that much of his immense catalog as a solo artist is unimpressive. It might thus be assumed that it would be difficult to pick a two-CD, 40-track career-spanning retrospective that would both represent much of his finest solo output and appeal to the general listener, not just the country music scholar. Happily, this set manages the difficult feat of doing exactly that, owing to intelligent selection of a wide cross-section of tracks, going all the way back to a 1946 single by Chester Atkins & the All-Star Hillbillies and all the way up to a 1995 recording (though most of the set predates 1970). Atkins' virtuosity as a guitarist has never been in question, but here it's allied with good material and taste, showing him as a fine blender of hillbilly, boogie, and jazz styles in a variety of contexts. It's mostly instrumental, of course, but wisely his talents as a sideman are showcased here and there too on vocal sides by the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, Eddy Arnold, the Everly Brothers, and Don Gibson. Even the pop standards are good when chosen this judiciously, and there are some surprisingly bold moves into more electric and rock-influenced territory on cuts like "Slinkey" (with its innovative tremolo), "Boo Boo Stick Beat," the Shadows cover "Man of Mystery," and "Teen Scene" (which he co-wrote with Jerry Reed). It might not be the ultimate Atkins compilation, given the sheer quantity of material the guitarist recorded. But it's a good — and, more crucially, very listenable — starting point for surveying his work as a solo artist.