The original LP lists Atkins as the producer, the reissue lists " Allmusic music critic Richard S. Ginell specifically praised "Theme from Picnic" and "Jitterbug Waltz" and wrote of the album; "For some, this record might fall under the category of guilty pleasures, but a pleasure it is, one of the great make-out records of its time. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cover of the original LP. Chet Atkins. No customer reviews yet. Login to leave your impressions! Armen's Theme Let It Be Me Theme from "Picnic" Theme from a Dream Estrellita Jitterburg Waltz Little Old Lady Limelight The Three Bells Santa Lucia Greensleeves If you are a third-party record company looking to do a reissue of this album, you might get Master A, or you might get Master B.
It seems that only the Chet aficionados can tell the difference. Chet's performance with the orchestra during the live session was only for the purpose of verifying the arrangements, and because he had to physically be there and record his parts to satisfy musicians' union agreements. The rules were very strict and overdubbing was not permitted. Chet had to actually record with the orchestra, and they had to hear a playback for verification.
What the orchestra players didn't know was that the session was being recorded on a new Ampex 3-track recorder, and Chet's track was separated from the orchestra so that it could be re-recorded. There is much more to the story as to why the mix of the orchestra with Chet's "scratch track" was allowed to come into existence as a master, or to get released as an LP.
I've been researching this for three years now, and it is a whale of a story. It's why I'm writing a book about it. Not only is the story interesting and unlikely, the fact that any of the critical details can be known over 50 years later verges on the impossible.
It is as much a "cold case" detective story as a look into the history of recording, and the life and times of the late 50's. And it is the story of a project which was a turning point in Chet's recording career. The cool thing is, as the result of a strange sequence of events, we have two alternate versions of Chet's guitar ideas on the same set of tunes -- one where he was "winging it" on a set a arrangements he had never actually heard before!!
Both versions are pure Chet Atkins. It is a unique opportunity to experience Chet's "guitar mind" and stylistic skills at work. The most recorded solo instrumentalist in history, the quiet unassuming Chet Atkins was initially an aspiring vocalist when he was signed to an RCA Records back in With more than albums to his credit, covering all styles of music, he has been a major influence on such guitar players as George Harrison, Albert Lee, Eric Clapton, and thousands more guitar-ace wannabes.
Chester Burton Atkins was born on June 20, in a holler two miles from rural Luttrell, Tennessee, just northeast of Knoxville. His father James was an itinerant music teacher and his mother Ida played piano and sang.
Able to play guitar, fiddle and banjo from quite a young age, his first instrument was a ukulele when he was just five years old. He would replace any broken strings with wires pulled off a screen door. His parents divorced in , and young Chet began playing fiddle and later guitar with his brother and sister and their stepfather Willie Strevel. Chet idolised his elder half-brother Jim Atkins, who played guitar regularly on the National Barn Dance radio show and later formed a trio with guitarist Les Paul.
Like most aspiring country musicians in the s, Chet listened a lot to Jimmie Rodgers, but also absorbed himself in jazz and blues. He was amazed by the thumb-and-finger-picking style developed by Travis. Not being able to see how he was playing, Chet developed his own two-finger-and-thumb style of picking.Aug 31, · At least, the '59 In Hollywood with the Night Scene is considered the version Chet intended. By the time the '61 edition rolled out, some had version one on one side and version two on the other. Even the later CD versions may contain the mixed versions. In Hollywood will always make "watercooler" conversation.