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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Guitar Blues (Pickin' The Blues)Chet Atkins And The All-Star Hillbillies 2:47Album Only
listen  2. Bug DanceChet Atkins & His Colorado Mountain Boys 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dizzy Strings (Buddha Remastered - 2000)Chet Atkins & His Colorado Mountain Boys 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Centipede Boogie (Buddha Remastered - 2000)Chet Atkins & His Guitar Pickers 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Main Street Breakdown (Buddha Remastered)Chet Atkins & His Guitar Pickers 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Root, Hog Or Die (Album Version)Mother Maybelle;The Carter Sisters 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jitterbug WaltzChet Atkins 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Third Man ThemeChet Atkins & His Galloping Guitar 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Black Mountain RagChet Atkins 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Country Gentleman (Buddha Remastered - 2000)Chet Atkins & His Galloping Guitar 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. City SlickerChet Atkins & His Galloping Guitar 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mister SandmanChet Atkins 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Poor People Of Paris (Jean's Song) (Buddha Remastered - 2000)Chet Atkins 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Big D (by Eddy Arnold)Chet Atkins;Eddy Arnold 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. TramboneChet Atkins 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Should We Tell Him (by the Everly Brothers)Chet Atkins;The Everly Brothers 2:05Album Only
listen17. Hidden CharmChet Atkins 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Oh Lonesome Me (Remastered)Don Gibson 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. I'm Forever Blowing BubblesChet Atkins 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Slinkey (Buddha Remastered - 2000)Chet Atkins 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Boo Boo Stick BeatChet Atkins 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hot Mocking BirdChet Atkins 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The SlopChet Atkins 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Man Of MysteryChet Atkins 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. WheelsChet Atkins 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Teen SceneChet Atkins 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Freight TrainChet Atkins 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Satan's Doll (Remastered)Chet Atkins 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Yakety Axe (Buddha Remastered - 2000)Chet Atkins 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Taste of HoneyChet Atkins 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Drive InChet Atkins 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Get On With ItChet Atkins 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cannonball RagChet Atkins & Jerry Reed 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Take Five (Buddha Remastered - 2000)Chet Atkins 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Is Anything Better Than ThisChet Atkins & Merle Travis 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. It's Been A Long, Long TimeChet Atkins & Les Paul 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Polka Dots And MoonbeamsLenny Breau And Chet Atkins 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Poor Boy BluesChet Atkins;Mark Knopfler 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Sneakin' Around (Album Version)Chet Atkins 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Big Foot (Album Version)Chet Atkins 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000OOOJ04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Early cuts like Guitar Blues; Dizzy Strings; Bug Dance , and Mainstreet Breakdown join his hits Yakety Axe and Mister Sandman ; performances with the Everly Brothers, Don Gibson, Jerry Reed, Les Paul, Merle Travis 40 tracks!

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Another great CD from a true Country Gentleman.
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A must-own album for anyone who digs country and rock-a-billy guitar.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jim Newsom on August 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I asked Vince Gill recently what had first attracted him to the guitar, he told me, "I wanted to be Chet Atkins as a little boy. Just listening to those records, I couldn't even fathom how he did all that."

He is not alone. The list of Chet Atkins-wannabes includes George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Brian Setzer, Duane Eddy, Earl Klugh and thousands of others, known and unknown, who have come under the spell of his amazing guitaristics. Not flashy in the conventional sense, not loud and boisterous like so many rockers who followed him, Atkins was the consummate musician, a master of subtlety and nuance, lightning fast and harmonically rich. He was the ultimate guitarist's guitarist.

He was also a record business executive whose imprint was felt not just in Nashville, where he ran RCA Records for nearly thirty years, but throughout the industry for his production touches and genre-blending recordings. He and Decca's Owen Bradley literally saved country music from impending death after the arrival of rock-n-roll in the late `50s with their "Nashville Sound," smoothing out the music's hillbilly rawness and adding a touch of sophistication that attracted a new, larger audience.

Atkins died in 2001 at the age of 77, but his recorded legacy lives on. A new compilation, The Essential Chet Atkins, is a 40-song overview that gives just enough of a sampling to send you looking for more. His remarkable virtuosity is on display from the first track, "Guitar Blues (Pickin' the Blues)," a 1946 recording attributed to Chet Atkins and the All-Star Hillbillies that puts a country-blues sheen on a jazz setting, complete with a bit of Benny Goodman-like clarinet.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Wagner on January 12, 2008
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This is my favorite Chet Atkins album. I never really heard him until just a couple of years ago when I picked up a CD at a local library when I was feeling a bit glum and wanted to find something perhaps a bit surprising. I was teaching a class of college freshmen and was disappointed with how devoid of any sense of recent (or any other!) cultural history they all were--even the "A" students. (It was a design/drawing class so that struck me as a bad sign!)

I'm 52 years old and had only heard of him in the context of Ray Stevens' "Gitarzan" when I was in Junior High school! ("He's playin' Chet's guitar course, C.O.D./He makes A, and B, and he's workin' on C/and me and the chimpanzee agree/that one day soon he'll be a celebrity!") I thought maybe hearing it would carry me back to a time before my own and help me figure out how to interest my students in artists from before their own generation (musical or otherwise).

Well, that RCA Years album knocked my socks off. It saved my sanity for the rest of the year. It gave me clues on how to try to relate better to my students and try to get them to relate better to me. A lot of the songs are horribly corny to me--like something you would have heard your Grandma watching on "Lawrence Welk." But the way he plays them, even the corniest ones are amazing and can grow on you for awhile.

What I love most are the true traditional old hillbilly songs, at least that's what I think they are. "Black Mountain Rag" and others that show off Atkins' amazing gifts. Then, I love the jazzier entries. He mixes these up with ones that were a little too of-the-moment pop stuff, not as great but again I can stand them when HE plays them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on December 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Those of us who grew up in the rock era, particularly those who grew up outside the South (where country music still held sway during the '60s and '70s), know Atkins best through the impact he had on his acolytes. Starting with the merging of hillbilly and R&B into rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and rock, Atkins' picking technique (itself an expansion of Merle Travis' syncopated thumb-and-finger style) can be heard on Sun's early sides, from the guitar combos of the British Invasion, American instrumental bands like The Ventures, and through to more recent fans like Mark Knopfler. Atkins' guitar was an influence on country players as well, as was the Nashville Sound he pioneered as a producer and label head at RCA.

Atkins recorded voluminously as both a leader and a sideman, so there's no shortage of his material on disc. These forty tracks span his earliest instrumental work in the mid-40s, backing work with The Carter Sisters, Eddy Arnold, Everly Brothers and Don Gibson, a dense run of solo albums in the '60s, and his last releases in the '90s. Atkins merged jazz changes and blues progressions with the twangy picking of country, starting with the refined tone and controlled trills of 1946's "Guitar Blues (Pickin' the Blues)." His playing always remained tasteful and tuneful, even when hot-picking a tune like "Dizzy Strings" or swinging the gypsy-jazz styled "Mainstreet Breakdown." He awed you with his abilities but never lost the thread of a hummable, toe-tapping song.

Atkins recorded many of his best-known sides as a sideman, where he could either show off his signature chops or play seamlessly in the background.
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