Chester & Lester/Guitar Monsters by Chet Atkins/Les Paul (CD, Oct-1998, One Way Records)

2 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

There are no wrong notes!

Feb 11, 2002
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Les Paul at his most recent.

Cons:The sessions were relatively spontaneous, and it shows the good & bad of such.

The Bottom Line: This is the only place you are going to hear two guitar pioneers trading hot licks and fast runs, and creating some pretty special music.


This is a double CD (Chester and Lester (1976) and C&L Guitar Monsters (1978) that was recorded almost 25 years ago....right after Les Paul came out of a long retirement. The recording is basically a jam session featuring two of guitars greatest players.

Each guitarist trades leads on 21 standards, while his peer accompanies.... The set features some great tunes such as.. It had to be you, Caravan, It's been a long long time, Birth of the blues, Over the rainbow, Brazil and Lazy River. An admittedly odd group of songs that really doesn't include either greats signature songs.

As with any Jam session, the songs are not perfect, as each player tries to find his voice.... Biographers have indicated that the songs were chosen pretty much on the spot, and to some degree it shows.

If you know your guitar players, you will have no trouble identifying each of them.... Their styles and sounds are unmistakable. In this respect- Chester (Chet Atkins) who had been playing and recording continually for decades has the edge- technically... But Lesters (Les Paul) sweet sounds speak for themselves.

This certainly isn't either guitarist at his best, but that isn't always as important as the music... There is a wonderful charm in hearing legends trading riffs and licks and quips as well.

If your intent is to hear either of these giants at their very best..... Get one of their 'Greatest Hits' CD's... but if you want to hear what 'Playing the guitar' sounds like, find this one...


Recommend this product? Yes


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Chet Atkins & Les Paul - Rare Sealed Cassette

Chet Atkins & Les Paul - Rare Sealed Cassette

Personnel includes: Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Paul Yandell (guitar); Randy Goodrum (piano); Henry Strzelecki, Bob Moore (bass); Larrie London (drums).Rec...
eBay

$24.50

+$3.00 shipping
Chester Creek Color Coded Keyboard With Big Keys Lowercase Letters Myboard-lc

Chester Creek Color Coded Keyboard With Big Keys Lowercase Letters Myboard-lc

1.888.209.5772 About me Contact Us Shipping Payments FAQ Chester Creek Technologies Color Coded Computer Keyboard with Big Keys Lowercase Letters SKU:...
eBay

$24.99

+$10.49 shipping
Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (White) - Women's Sandals

Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (White) - Women's Sandals

Give your feet the comfort they deserve in the stylish Lester sandals from Walking Cradles.Leather upper in a slide sandal style with a round open to...
Shoes.com

$59.99

FREE Shipping
Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (New Gold) - Women's Sandals

Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (New Gold) - Women's Sandals

Sizes Available: 6.0 W. Give your feet the comfort they deserve in the stylish Lester sandals from Walking Cradles.Leather upper in a slide sandal sty...
Shoes.com

$59.99

FREE Shipping
Gretsch Guitars G6119 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Electric Guitar

Gretsch Guitars G6119 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Electric Guitar

A rose by any other name . . . The classic Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose guitar model features a 16 laminated maple body, rock maple neck, Neo-Classic fi...
eBay

$2175.00

FREE Shipping
Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (White) - Women's Sandals

Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (White) - Women's Sandals

Sizes Available: 6.5 2W. Give your feet the comfort they deserve in the stylish Lester sandals from Walking Cradles.Leather upper in a slide sandal st...
Shoes.com

$59.99

FREE Shipping
Gretsch Guitars G6119 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Electric Guitar

Gretsch Guitars G6119 Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose Electric Guitar

A rose by any other name . . . The classic Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose guitar model features a 16 laminated maple body, rock maple neck, Neo-Classic fi...
eBay

$2175.00

FREE Shipping
Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (New Gold) - Women's Sandals

Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (New Gold) - Women's Sandals

Sizes Available: 10.0 M. Give your feet the comfort they deserve in the stylish Lester sandals from Walking Cradles.Leather upper in a slide sandal st...
Shoes.com

$59.99

FREE Shipping
Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (New Gold) - Women's Sandals

Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (New Gold) - Women's Sandals

Sizes Available: 8.5 2W. Give your feet the comfort they deserve in the stylish Lester sandals from Walking Cradles.Leather upper in a slide sandal st...
Shoes.com

$59.99

FREE Shipping
Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (White) - Women's Sandals

Walking Cradles Lester Sandals (White) - Women's Sandals

Sizes Available: 10.0 M. Give your feet the comfort they deserve in the stylish Lester sandals from Walking Cradles.Leather upper in a slide sandal st...
Shoes.com

$59.99

FREE Shipping