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Album Review

Super Hits is a bargain priced collection of some of guitarist Chet Atkins 'hits.' Atkins has been well-recorded over the span of his great career in a variety of settings and this is a fairly representative set, but a bit too short at just under 25 minutes. Whether covering pop tunes in an easy listening style or some good 'ol fashioned finger-picking, Atkins technique and tone are impeccable. This recording is a fine introduction to new fans (despite no liner notes); however, this is only a microcosm of his expansive talents as a guitar legend.


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 sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks. And as a guitarist, he was without parallel. Atkins' style grew out of his admiration for Merle Travis, expanding Travis' signature...
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