10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You can practically see the smiles exchanged between Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins as they trade licks on their 1990 collaboration Neck and Neck. These two guitar giants meet as peers and friends, finding common ground in a mutual love of old-time country, classic pop and vintage jazz. Knopfler’s clean, stinging riffs are complimented by Atkins’ fluid, succinct fingerpicking; Nashville legends such as pianist Floyd Cramer and multi-instrumentalist Mark O’Connor add their virtuosic touches as well. Highlights include a beautifully melancholy rendition of “Sweet Dreams,” a gently flowing take of “So Soft, Your Goodbye” and a brisk, sparkling treatment of “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” Knopfler invokes some of his old Dire Straits roots-rock spirit on a cover of Doc Watson’s “Poor Boy Blues,” while Atkins has fun recounting his early days on the genial “Yakety Axe” (a revision of Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax”). Rather than going for fireworks, the two guitarists aim to create a warm, sustained glow on Neck and Neck — and achieve it effortlessly.

EDITORS’ NOTES

You can practically see the smiles exchanged between Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins as they trade licks on their 1990 collaboration Neck and Neck. These two guitar giants meet as peers and friends, finding common ground in a mutual love of old-time country, classic pop and vintage jazz. Knopfler’s clean, stinging riffs are complimented by Atkins’ fluid, succinct fingerpicking; Nashville legends such as pianist Floyd Cramer and multi-instrumentalist Mark O’Connor add their virtuosic touches as well. Highlights include a beautifully melancholy rendition of “Sweet Dreams,” a gently flowing take of “So Soft, Your Goodbye” and a brisk, sparkling treatment of “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” Knopfler invokes some of his old Dire Straits roots-rock spirit on a cover of Doc Watson’s “Poor Boy Blues,” while Atkins has fun recounting his early days on the genial “Yakety Axe” (a revision of Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax”). Rather than going for fireworks, the two guitarists aim to create a warm, sustained glow on Neck and Neck — and achieve it effortlessly.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Sword Of Damocles ,

*****

I like this album a whole lot. 2 of the greats playing together.

FolkBach ,

Brilliant

The ideal collaboration -- two brilliant guitarists bringing out the best in each other. A great album.

Gort ,

Brilliant

Some of the best guitar picking ever. Really. 5 stars doesn't do justice to this masterpiece.

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