Chet Atkins - Galloping Guitar, The Early Years: 1945-1954 (1993) [4 CD Box Set]
4x EAC-FLAC(Tracks) with CUEs & LOGs - 757 MB | PNG Covers & Booklet - 995 MB | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps - 627 MB
Traditional Country / Nashville Sound / Country Pop | Total Time - 412:49 minutes | Label: Bear Family Records # BCD 15714 DI
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. This is a wonderful multi-disc boxed set retrospective of Atkins's earliest recordings. Casual fans will be surprised to hear that Chet was originally marketed as a vocalist/guitarist, much the same as then popular Merle Travis was on Capitol. His eventual move over to strict instrumentals doesn't come until the end of this box set, with guest vocalists flitting in and out of the picture, but Atkins's guitar is solid throughout.