- Released: March 30, 2010
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Chet Atkins is a legend in country music. He was instrumental in developing the Nashville sound, merging country and pop styles, producing some of the biggest hits of the 50's and 60's. This CD features the 1965 hit "Yakety Axe" as well as popular favorites "Classical Gas" and "Sweet Dreams."
- 3.Quiet Eyes
- 4.Sweet Dreams
- 6.Classical Gas
- 7.Tara's Theme from Gone With The Wind
- 8.Yakety Axe
- 9.The Last Farewell
Personnel includes: Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, Larry Carlton, Jerry Reed (guitar).
Sony Special Products' Pickin' the Hits culls ten covers of pop tunes that Chet Atkins recorded for Columbia Records over the years. Although the songs date from all different eras, from Gershwin's "Summertime" and Gone with the Wind's "Tara's Theme" to John Lennon's "Imagine" and Don McLean's "Vincent," they were all recorded in the'80s and '90s, which gives the album some sort of sonic consistency, at least. That said, the collection remains a little weak, largely because these are tasteful but curiously flat performances. Still, fans enamored with Atkins' flirtations with smooth jazz/pop/country fusion may find this budget priced compilation to be an enjoyable listen and perhaps even a bargain. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine