- Number of Discs: 5
- Released: July 16, 2007
- Label: Jsp Records
Chet Atkins: Colleen And Donna Wilson (The Beaver Valley Sweethearts), D Dill, The Beasley Singers, 'Sister' Billie Rose Atkins, Midred Kirkham, 'Red' Kirk (vocals); R Lanham, H Ray Bradley, James Atkins, Ray Edenton (guitar); 'Jethro' Burns (mandolin); Charles Hurta, D Potter, Buck Lambert (fiddle); Joe Biviano (accordion); M Hughes, M Gold, Kerr (organ); F Carroll, C R Grean, "Holly" Swanson, Bob L. Moore, Ernest Newton, Ernie Newton, Anita Carter, Harold Siegel (bass guitar); Johnnie deGeorge (drums); Rosalie Allen, Bud Isaacs, "Papa" John Gordie, Elbert R. "Dutch" McMillan, Angus P Klein, Austin Footrell, Jack Shook, Homer Haynes, Hank Snow, Helen Carter, Jerry Byrd, Louis Innis, Phil Kraus , Al Chernet, Farris Coursey, Brock Speer, Buddy Harman.
Personnel: Chet Atkins (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Chet Atkins; Louis Innis (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jack Shook, Homer Haynes (vocals, guitar); Jethro Burns (vocals, mandolin); Rosalie Allen, Austin Footrell, Danny Dill, Donna Colleen, Beasley Singers, Helen Carter, Sister Billie Rose Atkins, Anita Kerr, Red Kirk, Millie Kirkham, Brock Speer (vocals); Jerry Byrd (guitar, steel guitar); Jimmy Atkins & His Pinetoppers, Randy Lanham, George Warren Barnes, James Atkin, Grady Martin, Hank Snow, Al Chernet (guitar); Bud Isaacs (steel guitar); Dale Potter, Buck Lambert, Charles Hurta, D.F. Potter (fiddle); Angus P Klein, Joe Biviano (accordion); Elbert R. "Dutch" McMillan (clarinet); Marvin Hughes (piano, celesta, organ); "Papa" John Gordie (piano, celesta); M. Patrick Hughes, Malcolm Gold (piano, organ); Aaron Kerr (organ); Johnny Degeorge, Phil Kraus , Farris Coursey, Buddy Harman (drums).
Recording information: Atlanta, GA (??/??/1946-10/22/1956); Chicago, IL (??/??/1946-10/22/1956); Nashville, TN (??/??/1946-10/22/1956); New York, NY (??/??/1946-10/22/1956).
One of the all-time great guitarists, Chet Atkins had a formidable technique and an utterly individual style that influenced generations of successive axeslingers. Atkins's chops were well in place in the early years of his career, as this superb five-disc box set attests. Beginning in 1946, the year he made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, THE EARLY YEARS traces the first decade of Atkins' solo work.
Although he's generally associated with straight Nashville country (a sound he helped engineer as the go-to session hand), Atkins's solo recordings meld blues, jazz, ragtime, novelty songs and pop with the nimble twang of classic country. There's no shortage of his appealing vocals here, but it's the dazzling, dancing guitar work that makes this nicely assembled box a mother lode.