Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chet Atkins - Stay Tuned (1985)


Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

I'm not sure what led me to buy this LP in 1985 (it might have been a review in Rolling Stone), but I've enjoyed the music a great deal over the last 25+ years. I always considered Atkins to be a country music guitarist, but this release is more smooth jazz, almost easy listening. For this release, Atkins got together with some fantastic session musicians, including many members of the band Toto. He also invited Larry Carlton, George Benson, Mark Knopfler, Steve Lukather, and Earl Klugh, to come play guitar with him. It's a mixed bag, but Atkins guitar work is, as always, tasteful and restrained.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #145 (June 8, 1985)
Peak on the Billboard Jazz LPs chart: #12
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #130

Tracks: I've listened to this so many times, I don't skip any tracks. All 10 are good. If there's any complaint, it would be the 37 minute playing time.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Music from this album provided a portion of my soundtrack for the summer of 1985, one of the best summers of my life.

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