Editors’ Notes Chet Atkins was a tremendously influential session man whose distinctive playing defined the sound of an entire genre. His instrumental and production talents graced countless Nashville releases in the '50s and '60s, and the solo sides that he cut during this period at RCA are remarkable not only for their instrumental virtuosity, but also for their honey-sweet country sound and unexpected musical inventiveness. The tersely titled Classics generously collects thirty-four of Atkins’ finest solo sides. It's geared towards highlighting Atkins eclectic musical taste, and his top-notch sidemen rather than merely recapitulating Atkins highest charting numbers. While his hits were often novelty numbers like “Mr. Sandman,” Classics smartly concentrates on more musically ambitious though lesser known Atkins numbers, like the strident, countrified ragtime of “Pig Leaf Blues” or the aggressively bluesy “Oh By Jingo.” Atkins’ playing is as forceful as Chuck Berry’s, as precise as Les Paul’s and as soulful as Merle Travis’, making this compilation essential for anyone with an interest in the origins of the Nashville sound.

SONG
Galloping On the Guitar
1
2:29
 
Black Mountain Rag
2
2:16
 
Memphis Blues
3
2:09
 
Country Gentlemen
4
2:15
 
The Bells of St. Marys
5
2:13
 
Birth of the Blues
6
2:33
 
High Rockin' Swing
7
2:20
 
Main Street Breakdown
8
2:17
 
Chinatown, My Chinatown
9
2:00
 
Indian Love Call
10
2:39
 
The Jitterbug Waltz
11
2:37
 
Oh By Jingo
12
2:14
 
Centipede Boogie
13
2:41
 
Mountain Melody
14
2:10
 
Guitars On Parade
15
2:21
 
Rainbow
16
2:37
 
Nobody's Sweatheart
17
2:15
 
Lover Come Back to Me
18
2:27
 
Barber Shop Rag
19
2:49
 
Pig Leaf Rag
20
2:30
 
Imagination
21
2:13
 
Alice Blue Gown
22
2:04
 
Blue Gypsy
23
2:18
 
Good-bye Blues
24
2:28
 
Midnight
25
2:53
 
St. Louis Blues
26
2:17
 
In the Mood
27
2:28
 
Rustic Dance
28
2:05
 
Hybrid Corn
29
2:15
 
Sweet Bunch of Daisies
30
2:04
 
Music In My Heart
31
2:17
 
Simple Simon
32
2:11
 
Confusin'
33
2:13
 
Georgia Camp Meeting
34
2:13