Chet Atkins & Les Paul

Chet Atkins & Les Paul


Chet Atkins and Les Paul (guitar), Randy Goodrum (piano), Bob Moore and Henri Strzelecki (bass), Larry Londin (drums)

RCA Nashville 44061

Exhibit Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - It's Been A Long Time
A2 - Medley : Moonglow / Picnic (Theme from "Picnic")
A3 - Caravan
A4 - It Had To Be You
A5 - Out of Nowhere
B1 - Avalon
B2 - Birth of the Blues
B3 - Someday Sweetheart
B4 - Deed I Do
B5 - Lover Come Back To Me

Recorded in 1976 at RCA Sound Studios in Nashville.

The jam session recording Chester & Lester was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 1976 awards ceremony and was probably the only jam session to win a Grammy : two virtuosos from different genres, country and pop, joining forces. Not so in 1976. Truth was Chet Atkins and Les Paul had way more in common than many realized. Each made groundbreaking records that put electric guitars on the map and influenced the sound of rock.

Both experimented with electronics. The electric guitar  named for both men over half a century ago are considered classics, still produced today by the same companies. Three decades can't diminish Chester & Lester's wonderfully free musical and personal interplay. On record, their divergent personalities were reflected in their verbal bantering, Chet's taciturn personality and dry humor a terrific foil for Les's ornery schoolkid exuberance. It was something both admired about the record.

"Chester & Lester is a beautiful and fun album by two masters. It was recorded in the mid-'70s when Chet Atkins was in his fifties and Les Paul was in his sixties. The latter had been in retirement for a decade before the recording of this album. Nashville studio musicians, including Randy Goodrum on piano and Larrie Londin on drums, back up the master guitarists, but this is by no means a country album. In fact, this album swings on classics such as "Birth of the Blues," "Avalon," and "Caravan." Other classic songs, including "It's Been a Long Time" and "It Had to Be You," are beautifully rendered, featuring Les Paul's instantly recognizable ringing bell tone and Chet Atkins' fluid, slightly twangy sound. The recording has an informal feel, with between-song banter (and even some joking in the middle of songs) included on the record, which adds to the enjoyment and warmth of this album. The listener knows that the musicians are having a great time. According to the liner notes, only two songs have any overdubs, so, "You hear the music just as it came down." And it all "came down" beautifully." - Tim Griggs,

This Exhibit Records LP was remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.