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Neck and Neck

Mark Knopfler, Chet AtkinsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Poor Boy BluesChet Atkins and Mark Knopfler 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sweet Dreams (Album Version)Chet Atkins;Mark Knopfler 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. There'll Be Some Changes MadeChet Atkins and Mark Knopfler 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Just In Time (Album Version)Chet Atkins;Mark Knopfler 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. So Soft, Your Goodbye (Album Version)Chet Atkins 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Yakety AxeChet Atkins and Mark Knopfler 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tears (Album Version)Chet Atkins;Mark Knopfler 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tahitian Skies (Album Version)Chet Atkins;Mark Knopfler 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'll See You In My Dreams (Album Version)Chet Atkins 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Next Time I'm In Town (Album Version)Chet Atkins;Mark Knopfler 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (September 24, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026UV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two generations of guitarists merge on this cleverly-titled album, with former Dire Straits virtuoso Mark Knopfler taking time off from scoring movies to join Chet Atkins, one of the fathers of electric guitar pickin'. And there's some mighty fine country pickin' on display here, with the duo joined by some of Nashville's all-time finest players, including the late, great Floyd Cramer, Mark O'Connor, Larry Londin, Vince Gill, and Steve Wariner. The material ranges from choice country covers (Doc Watson's "Poor Boy Blues," Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams") to rock 'n' roll ("Yakety Ax," a take on Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax"), jazz (Django Reinhardt's "Tears"), a Knopfler original, and even the old standard "I'll See You in My Dreams." It sounds like they had fun, too! --Bill Holdship

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs Picks? October 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album from these two masters of guitar fingerpicking will leave anyone who loves the guitar, country, blues, or melodic rock delighted. I have been a Mark Knopfler fan since early Dire Straits, and learned about Chet Atkins from Mark. Anybody Mark thinks is great is definitely worth a listen. I became a Chet Atkins fan a bit late in life, and this album was a big part of that.

This CD shines precisely because it is not flashy or showy; rather it is imbued with craftsmanship and quality musicianship in every bar. The whole album is strong, but I am especially fond of "There'll Be Some Changes Made" in which Chet and Mark trade good humored jabs about their musical heritage, "I'll See You in My Dreams", a mastercrafted classic, and the laid back "Tahitian Skies." Throughout the CD the vocals are relaxed and effortless, and although Knopfler has an appealing if somewhat gravelly voice, Atkins is a little more atonal and wavering in his singing style. Of course the focus here is not vocal performances, but guitar virtuosity, and that is abundant.

This is a CD that will be appreciated by all guitarists who grasp how truly difficult it is to produce a recording this melodious and synchronized, regardless of how easy these two masters make it look. "Neck & Neck" is highly recommended.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Picking! May 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This isn't a country music CD; it's a collaboration between two great guitar players who like and respect one another. One of the most enjoyable parts of listening to the music is to pick out who's playing what. There's humor, too,and it's good road music. It's a winner, and wears well over time.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to beat pickin' November 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you want to hear some good -- often great -- guitar picking, without the pretense, by two masters, this is your album. These two virtuosos challenge each other to greater and greater heights, and they deliver. "Yackety Axe" alone contains more riff variety than you will find in any five songs by mere mortals. I'm not a country fan per se, but Chet Atkins is a pleasure to listen to. That Knopfler can keep up with (and occasionally pass?) him makes you realize just how good he is. Of course, if you're looking for the usual junk, then this isn't for you.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar licks by two masters April 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the problems which frequently occurs when guitar virtuosos get together is that they get too interested in demonstrating their virtuosity and forget about the music. That doesn't happen here. Atkins and Knopfler are both masters of understated guitar licks. Listen to this CD with only one ear and you might not realize you're hearing two of the best guitar players in the world.

Well, when you hear "Neck and Neck" you won't jump and shout and play air guitar. But "There'll be Some Changes Made" will get your toes tapping as Chet contemplates becoming a rock star and Mark discourages him. ("The groupie girls aren't that good...or at least some of them aren't") "The Next Time I'm in Town" is another toe-tapper that features Vince Gill's clear tenor voice in harmony with Knopfler and superb steel guitar played by Paul Franklin. I also like the instrumental version of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams." "Poor Boy Blues" if I recall correctly won a Grammy for Atkins/Knopfler.

If you're seeking a flamboyant rock album this is not for you, but for back-porch finger-picking and singing it can't be beat.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in Guitar Heaven November 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Two generations of leading and groundbreaking guitarists combined their efforts into this precious and timeless piece of wonderful music. Chet Atkins, one of the most important and respectable of country musicians, and a pioneer of the electric guitar; and Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits frontman and a man clearly in touch with the country roots of rock music - go from straight country to mood instrumentals to rock n' roll, all infused with some of the finest pickin' I've ever heard and always having lots of fun. Knopfler's production (he had produced most of his releases since 1980's Dire Straits album `Making Movies') clearly shows in the beautiful and light-hearted sound, but the arrangements and recordings are pretty basic. The whole thing mainly revolves around two guitars, with just a hint of a rhythm section and some strings on a couple of songs.
This cleverly titled album has the strength to appeal to almost every listener. And not only is it a fantastic start for a rock lover for learning to appreciate the roots of rock n' roll, it's also one of the finest country albums around. Straight country songs like `Poor Boy Blues', `Just One Time' and `The Next Time I'm In Town' are performed wonderfully and Mark and Chet's arrangements are sublime. Other tracks stand out though: `Tahitian Skies' is a beautiful instrumental take on Mark's 1985 classic `Why Worry', which outshines the original incredibly. `Tears' and `Sweet Dreams' are also wonderful instrumentals which give Mark and Chet a chance to show how well they work together. More energetic is the rockabilly number `Yakety Axe' - a take on Boots Randolph's 1963 instrumental `Yakety Sax' - on which Chet shines amazingly, and which has terrific guitar work from both.
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