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The Essential Chet Atkins


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Artist: Chet Atkins
Release date: 1996
Genre: Country
Tracks: 20
Duration: 51:36
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No. Title Length
1. Mister Sandman 2:17
2. The Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song) [Buddha Remastered 2000] 1:57
3. Boo Boo Stick Beat 2:07
4. Alley Cat 2:20
5. Travelin' 2:16
6. Yakety Axe (Buddha Remastered 2000) 2:01
7. Yesterday 3:09
8. Blue Angel (Buddha Remastered 2000) 2:22
9. Theme from "Zorba the Greek" 3:00
10. Snowbird 2:13
11. Steeplechase Lane (Buddha Remastered 2000) 2:24
12. Jerry's Breakdown (featuring Jerry Reed) 2:09
13. Black Mountain Rag 2:33
14. Fiddlin' Around 3:08
15. Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme from the Film "Doctor Zhivago") 2:34
16. The Entertainer (Theme from "the Sting") 2:17
17. Londonderry Air 2:48
18. On My Way to Canaan's Land (featuring Doc Watson) 3:05
19. Medley: Tennessee Rag / Beaumont Rag (featuring Doc Watson) 2:25
20. Chet's Medley 4:31



To condense Chet Atkins’ career of more than 50 years into 20 songs is a tall order. Few figures in country music did as much in as many disciplines as Atkins, who was both master and innovator in the fields of recording, arranging, and, of course, guitar playing. The Essential Chet Atkins remains the best single-disc survey of Atkins’ immense accomplishments. Without overwhelming listeners, it shows a sense of the range of his taste in source material, as well as the consistency of his approach. Atkins was equally interested in whimsy and sincerity, which is why early recordings like “Mister Sandman,” “Boo Boo Stick Beat," and “Yakety Axe” can sound silly, audacious, and seductive all at once. The '70s found him relaxing acoustically with spiritual brothers like Jerry Reed and Doc Watson. And while his '80s output is unfairly disregarded, he kept making adventurous and unusual work late in life. All in all, what emerges here isn't simply the portrait of a master musician, but a master listener—ever restless, ever in search of new stimulation for two of the keenest ears in the history of American music