This 1966 album was a top 10 country album, and hit #112 on Billboard's album chart, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Recording in 1967, (it lost.) The album's main strong points are the country flavored songs like I'll Cry Instead, which Chet and harmonica player Charlie McCoy really stand out on. The Beatles original version was more country then any other song of theirs, with George Harrison's solo very Chet Atkins inspired. Yesterday is also a highlight...mostly Chet solo on acoustic guitar, and I'll Follow the Sun is also enjoyable. The only Muzak sounding track is the recent song Michelle. While still tasteful, it's fully orchestrated and doesn't really match much of the country sound of the album. The short 30 minutes running time might beg for more. It's too bad Chet didn't do a Pickin' on 2 follow-up. Overall, still an enjoyable album, with George's blessing and endorsement, ( he wrote the liner notes,) it's a must have for collector's of Beatles covers.
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