Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chet Atkins - Chet Atkins in Hollywood (RCA, 1959)

I've been sitting on this one for a while. First record I bought upon my arrival to L.A., not quite Hollywood, but I can see the sign. Anyway, this is sounding pretty good on these first 90 degree days...

As usual, the man with the guitar can sling tasteful licks over even the schmaltz-iest of accompaniments. "Estrelita" and his version of "Jitterbug Waltz" are particularly lovely. And "Armen's Theme" is my favorite, if you want to hear a smart reimagining of it and other sunny numbers, check out Co La's version on "Rest in Paradise.

In fact, here's that version now: 

(As for the upload, I found out it's actually a re-recording Chet did in '61 with the orchestra tapes. If it's any consolation, I like this better than the original vinyl I have...)

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