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Album Review

Working with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler had a rejuvinating influence on Chet Atkins. Knopfler has Atkins moving toward his country roots, but both guitarists still play with a tasteful, jazzy sensibility — however, Atkins has abandoned the overt jazz fusion pretensions that sank most of his '80s records. With its direct, understated approach, Neck and Neck is the most focused and arguably the most rewarding record Atkins has released.

Customer Reviews

Laid back and brilliant

Atkins and Knopfler bounce off one another to produce a relaxed album with plenty that will appeal to fans of both axemen. 'There'll Be Some Changes Made' is a highlight, with parody lyrics you can't help but smile at. To quote another review of this album, "It's almost like they forgot the microphone was switched on." That's true to some extend and this album sounds a lot like two guitar playing friends jamming together. It won't set you on fire, but it sure will leave you feeling great!

Biography

Born: 20 June 1924 in Luttrell, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he recorded hundreds of solo records, Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville...
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