Raven presents two original, essential albums on one cd by country legends chet atkins and jerry reed: the grammy award-winning me and jerry (1970) and me and chet (1972). When two of the greatest guitar players in the history of country music teamed up for these classic instrumental albums (originally released on rca victor), the results were refined, joyous and highly entertaining. A true country legend, atkins had made an indelible impression as a session guitarist and record producer for over 20 years and by the early 1970s was intent on expanding his range. Reed was coming off the success of hits like 'georgia sunshine', 'amos moses' and 'when you're hot' and these good-natured sessions allowed the duo to let loose in the studio. On me and jerry atkins' playing is precise and tasteful while reed is typically brash and rollicking, with covers of pop hits 'bridge over troubled water' and 'macarthur park', plus merle travis' 'cannonball rag' and reed compositions 'nut sundae' and 'stump water'. Second time around, me and chet is another brilliant session of instrumental guitar interplay. All country tunes, with reed's 'jerry's breakdown' highlighting the pickers displays of speed while 'good stuff' is slow and swampy. The highlight is a spirited take on 'mystery train'. With eight bonus tracks (six never before on cd), superb quality audio, detailed notes, colour booklet.