For more than 40 years, the name of Chet Atkins has been associated with the finest Nashville-based fingerstyle guitar sounds. Even those records he did not play on showed his influence. Yet his own artistic growth never ceased, as is evident in this second volume of Vestapol's chronological documentation of Chet's career. We see this gentle genius exploring the music of Bob Dylan (Don't Think Twice It's All Right), marching band composer John Phillip Sousa (Stars and Stripes Forever), pop standards (Lover Come Back) and progressive funk (Knuckle Buster).
Chet's tonal palette draws varied colors from electric guitars, nylon-strung classics, and even a resophonic guitar. Foremost in this collection are his traditional strengths as a tasteful soloist, but we also see him swap licks with the fiery Jerry Reed and Larry Carlton. The overall impression made by these performances is one of a master quietly demonstrating his continued primacy in his field and doing so with a calm assurance unabated by needless grandstanding.
Titles include: POP GOES THE COUNTRY, 1976 I'll Say She Does POP GOES THE COUNTRY, 1977 Hawaiian Wedding Song SOUNDSTAGE, 1978 Cascade, Don't Think Twice It's All Right, Kentucky, Stars and Stripes Forever POP GOES THE COUNTRY, 1979 You Needed Me, Dance With Me POP GOES THE COUNTRY, 1980 Malaguena POP GOES THE COUNTRY, 1982 Sukiyaki, Me and Bobby McGee AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, 1987 Knuckle Buster AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, 1991 Sunrise, I Still Can't Say Goodbye MERLE WATSON FESTIVAL, 1992 Rainbow, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Yankee Doodle Dixie Medley: Windy & Warm/Mr. Sandman/Wildwood Flower/The Bells Of St. Mary's/In The Good Old Summertime/Freight Train/Yakety Axe, Young Thing AT CHET'S HOME STUDIO, 1995 Happy Again, Lover Come Back.
Running Time: 71 minutes
Review: A Master Guitarist - A Master Musician. Chet Atkins was, is, and always will be the master of guitar. This video starts with Chet at about a 52-years-old and ends at about age 71. Displaying even at 71, the absolute, unbelievable, versatility and genius of this man. No matter where he is or what song he plays, he never misses a lick. Though it may be considered vintage or classic by some, it is still very current and tasteful. Anytime one has the chance to view this master at his work, I would suggest this, "don't miss the opportunity." This video shows Chet at his best as always, and one does not need to be a guitarist as myself to appreciate this video over and over again. Here, one can immediately tell that Chet loved his guitar and he loved his profession. The great humbleness and talent this man had is so outspoken as shown in this video-DVD. At the end of each performance, one can only sit astounded and say with a smile, -WOW!- This is truly a great collection for any music lover. - Gary Jones/Amazon Customer Review
Review: A must see for all guitar enthusiasts. This video is a masterful compilation of the master's greatest songs. Now, those who have only heard Chet Atkins can see his lightning fast fingers in action. Even if you are not a Chet Atkins fan in particular, but enjoy good fingerstyle guitar music, this recording is for you. The quality of recording and quality of playing make it a recommended buy for anyone. - Dr. Willard/Amazon Customer Review