Chet Atkins - Our Man In Nashville [RCA Records LSP-2616] (1963)

Dynamic Range Released: 1963
Country: US
Label: RCA Records
Catalog: LSP-2616
Genre: Jazz, Country, Folk

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Scare Crow
02 Alexander's Ragtime Band
03 Melissa
04 Goodnight Irene
05 The Old Double Shuffle
06 Down Home
07 Always On Saturday
08 Drown In My Own Tears
09 Spanish Harlem
10 Streamlined Cannon Ball
11 A House In New Orleans
12 A Little Bitty Tear

Our Man In Nashville
Chet Atkins

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Album Review

Richard S. Ginell []

If any of RCA Victor's extensive series of ''Our Man in So-and-So'' albums bore the ring of truth, it was this one, for Chet Atkins indeed was RCA's point man in Nashville, in charge of the operation. For all of that, Chester remains his usual unclassifiable self, dealing out the country picking, smooth easy listening guitar, jazz, and even some very mild rock & roll on this session, with some overdubbed strings discreetly decorating a few tracks. ''The Old Double Shuffle'' bears a slight resemblance to ''If I Had a Hammer,'' and ''A House in New Orleans'' is an Atkins paraphrase of ''St. James Infirmary,'' which converts to his finger-picking style, with help from trumpet and harmonica soloists. Setting an example for his A&R department, Atkins respectfully plays the tunes of Ben E. King's ''Spanish Harlem'' and the Burl Ives hit ''A Little Bitty Tear'' in perfectly straight fashion. However, the tune of ''Goodnight Irene'' is thoroughly dodged and embroidered in elegant style, with some nice harmonica (Charlie McCoy?). And, as on so many Atkins albums, there is at least one track that one can develop a guilty addiction to for no particular reason; here, it's the happy-go-lucky ''Always on Saturday.''