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Christmas With Chet Atkins

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Album Review

One of the most underrated holiday platters of all-time, Christmas with Chet Atkins shows the father of country-rock guitar performing 16 holiday standards in his own incomparable style. Although the uptempo stuff such as "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Winter Wonderland" are excellent readings, it's in the slower-paced selections that Atkins really shines. His version of "Silver Bells" is, quite simply, one of the best versions of the standard ever, and possibly one of Atkins' most arresting performances of all-time. Also excellent is the medley of "The Coventry Carol" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman." Overall, criminally underrated, this disc should be rated up there with such fodder as Charlie Brown Christmas. Gorgeous.

Customer Reviews

Great album, terrible master copy

I can't say enough great things about Chet Atkins and this album. Unfortunately, the master that this iTunes version comes from is absolutely horrendous. For those with technical knowledge, it's got terrible "wow" which makes it sound like a record that's off-center. I've got an original 1961 copy of this on vinyl I was hoping this would replace, but even the scratchy vinyl sounds better than this one. If you don't mind technical flaws, download this one. Otherwise, give it a pass and hope iTunes finds a better master to digitize.


brings back a lot of good memories; truly a master of his trade

This is Christmas!

I grew up listening to this on a reel to reel tape player not knowing who it was. I'm so excited to find this. I'm going to share it with all my family this year, so they can relive Christmas memories with me. This music is what Christmas is all about.


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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