A must see for all guitar enthusiasts
dr_willard | Buffalo, WV United States | 03/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video is a masterful compellation of the master's greatest songs. Now, those who have only heard Chet Atkins can see his lightning fast fingers in action. Even if you are not a Chet Atkins fan in particular, but enjoy good fingerstyle guitar music, this recording is for you. The quality of recording and quality of playing make it a recommended buy for anyone."
Chet is Master, Chet is King
Jaime B. Cortez | Mesa, AZ United States | 05/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So many reviews of Chet Atkins music are filled with comments of how bad the video quality is or how cheesy the musical programs were.
With Chet Atkins, the proof is in the pudding.
You just have to see him play and that eliminates all the talk.
This compilation is right in the middle of the time of early video and
embarrasing wardrobe of the late 70's and early 80's; However, Chet Atkins is an inspirational guitar player and when he starts playing it's
a treat to the eyes and ears.
The Soundstage performance of Stars and Stripes Forever alone is worth the price of this video. That is one amazing execution!
Guitar players will appreciate how difficult that first chord of Cascade is, yet Chet Atkins makes it look like a walk in the park.
You need to view Yankee Doodle Dixie more than once to appreciate the guitar arrangement and realize that Chet plays Yankee Doodle and Dixie
at the same time!
Those who play the guitar seriously, those who know how much practice and dedication it takes to get to this level, will enjoy this DVD the most.
Chet Atkins always made it look like butter. It is no exception in this disc.
So, get the video, stop complaining and get to practice.
Chet Atkins Rare Performances should inspire you until your fingers fall off.
Great to see Chet again
Paul J. Llewellyn | Boulder Creek, CA USA | 06/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chet Atkins is my guitar hero. He is able to cover many great songs from other artists in his own unique way as any fan of his would know and appreciate. His virtuosic skills are very evident on this DVD and enhance his stature as a great guitarist in my mind. He is a delight just as a one man show and you can experience some of that on this DVD too. I saw Chet Atkins in concert many years ago and had almost forgotten what he looked like on stage performing. I didn't forget though his great personality and humor on stage. This DVD has some great performances and it's great also to see Chet's personality and humor here again too. "Stars & Stripes Forever" is one of the most impressive performances. The DVD covers a large period of time. In some cases the footage and audio isn't up to today's standard's but that is understandable. Obviously the later performances are better filmed and have better audio quality. I like the section on Soundstage in 1978 best, which included Stars & Stripes and also at his home studio in 1995. The performances from the Merle Watson Festival in 1992 has a very entertaining performance of "There'll be some changes made". Anyway... long live Chet Atkins."