Alanna Nash
February 05, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

The RCA Years 1947-1981

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Chet Atkins
genre
Reissues, Country

We gave it a B

On this two-CD set of recordings, The RCA Years 1947-1981, Chet Atkins proves that he was often schmaltzy (”Snowbird,” ”Vincent”) but also innovative — developing a much-copied two-finger-and-thumb picking style, experimenting with electronic effects, and blending country with jazz, classical, folk, Latin, and pop. Even if Atkins seemed a little square, in a lot of ways he was the hippest cat on the block. B

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