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Album Review

Chet Atkins' '80s makeover into a contemporary crossover jazz guitar player continues unabated here, with a difference. With keyboardist Darryl Dybka co-producing, the level of material is somewhat higher than it had been on some earlier albums, boosted by a handful of superior rock tunes. "Chinook Wind" has an interesting, terse tune, and the track has a tension that keeps it afloat, while "Put Your Clothes On" — co-written with fiddler Johnny Gimble — brings a native country flavor into the smooth jazz recipe. There is a touching, perfectly straight rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine" for acoustic and electric guitars without rhythm section, and John Sebastian's "Daydream" is given a boogie/Latin feeling. "Knucklebusters" is a very good Atkins original, with a tense bass guitar theme, chugging electronic drums, and some of Atkins' old effects (echo delay, tremelo bar) for old times' sake. Finally, in a live concert appearance, Atkins takes to the microphone on "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," a poignant, almost tearful tune about a fellow who can't quite shake the memory of his dad. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Graceful Virtuosity

A collection played with grace and style that stays fresh after repeated listening. Capped by "Imagine" and the unforgettable, bittersweet "I Still Can't Say Goodbye", sung to his father.

True Artistry, Artist True

Controversial Mr. Atkins pursues "his" dream as 'guitar player.' Not country enough for country be darned. This may be too commercial for some but it's interest holds due to well written songs, great playing and superb production. To the other reviewer, review the dang album not Apple's penchant for mis-information you clod!

Great pickin

I saw Chet with a cast of great musicians on PBS, and I'm looking for a song that was played with some fierce guitar picking - an upbeat tempo that got the feet stompin' - can anyone suggest a name of the song? I can't afford to buy the whole show on cd. Thx


Born: June 20, 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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