This budget-priced, four-disc set from the Real Gone Music label arrives stocked with eight complete, remastered albums (two on each disc) from the legendary guitarist and producer, including Chet Atkins' Gallopin' Guitar (1952), Stringin' Along With Chet Atkins (1953), Session With Chet Atkins (1954), In Three Dimensions (1955), The Finger Style Guitar (1956), Hi Fi In Focus (1957), At Home (1957), and In Hollywood (1957).
Includes the albums Hum & Strum Along (1959), Mister Guitar (1959), After The Riot at Newport (1960), Teensville (1960), The Other Chet Atkins (1960), Chet Atkins Workshop (1960), Most Popular Guitar (1961) and Christmas with Chet Atkins (1961).
Collecting the albums the soul singer made as he transitioned from gospel to the world of secular music, Eight Classic Albums gathers up a massive collection of both albums and singles of the great Sam Cooke. Featuring his work between 1957 and 1960, this four-disc set contains Sam Cooke, Encore, Tribute to the Lady, Hit Kit, I Thank God, Cooke's Tour, Hits of the Fifties, and Swing Low. The compilation doesn't contain much in the way of liner notes or supplemental material, so while it makes for a great Sam Cooke starter kit, it doesn't provide much in the way of extra information.
Four CD set containing eight albums from the Jazz greats: 'Introducing The Three Sounds' (1958), 'Branching Out' (With Nat Adderly) (1958), 'Introducing The Three Sounds Vol. 2' (1958), 'Bottoms Up!' (1959), 'Moods' (1960), 'Hey There' (1961), 'Here We Come' (1960) and 'Blue Hour' (1960).
Since The Essential Chet Atkins concentrates on his instrumental tracks – including hits like "Mr. Sandman" and "Yakety Axe" – it functions as the best single-disc retrospective of the guitarist. It is also one of the only collections that concisely demonstrates his subtlely dazzling virtuosity.
These two RCA LPs came out in '64 and '65 when Chet was at the height of his success with the label, scoring his biggest country hit (#4) with Yakety Axe . That classic joins 23 others by the late Nashville icon, including Freight Train; Winter Walkin'; Alone and Forsaken; Guitar Country ; his own versions of Johnny Cash's Understand Your Man and Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind, and more!
After decades of recording for RCA Victor, Atkins switched labels; this 1985 effort is a summit meeting of sorts with young guitar hotshots like Larry Carlton, George Benson, Mark Knopfler, Steve Lukather, and Earl Klugh, plus session A-teamers like Boots Randolph, Larrie Londin, David Hungate, Mark O'Connor and others. Atkins' tone is, as usual, faultless, and his playing superb. If the "meetings" don't always come off, it's usually due to the overzealousness of the other guitar players (Lukather's over-the-top style screams '80s big hair, for instance), not Chet, whose playing always exercises the utmost in restraint in every situation. All in all, a good modern-day Chet Atkins album, but not the place to start a collection.