Chet Atkins - The ''Pops'' Goes Country [RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2870] (1966)

Released: 1966
Country: US
Label: RCA Victor Red Seal
Catalog: LSC-2870
Genre: Pop, Country

Item# SR-RCLSC2870
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Country Gentleman
02 Tennessee Waltz
03 Alabama Jubilee
04 Faded Love
05 Medley: In The Pines, Wildwood Flower, On Top Of Old Smokey
06 Windy And Warm
07 I'll Fly Away
08 Adios Amigo
09 Medley: John Henry, Listen To The Mockingbird
10 Cold, Cold Heart
11 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
12 Orange Blossom Special

The ''Pops'' Goes Country
Chet Atkins

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Album Review

Richard S. Ginell []

Chet Atkins's first collaboration with Arthur Fiedler and his mighty Boston Pops is one of those rare cases when the original idea is inferior to the sequel (the follow-up being Chet Picks on the Pops). In the case of The Pops Goes Country, the problem perhaps lies in the selection of country/folk songs, which collapse under the inflated symphonic treatment that arranger Richard Hayman drapes all over their unpretentious frameworks. Tunes like ''Tennessee Waltz,'' ''Faded Love,'' ''Cold, Cold Heart,'' and ''Adios Amigo'' did not seem to inspire Atkins very much at this stage in his busy life either; he goes at many of them in rote fashion, without many of the nuances and harmonic twists that he would find in hit pop material in his second album with Fiedler. Not all is lost, though; ''Alabama Jubilee'' gets one of the better, more energetic treatments; John Loudermilk's ''Windy and Warm'' breathes more life into Atkins' fingerpicking; and the orchestra sounds great in Boston's resonant Symphony Hall. But they would do much better next time.