Offered for sale is an original German stereo pressing of The Best of Chet Atkins by Chet Atkins.
About this copy: This copy of The Best of Chet Atkins is an original German stereo copy, with tracks in both stereo and mono. The cover is VG+, with some ring wear on the back cover and a very small tear on the front cover in the upper right hand corner.
The disc is VG++ and very close to M-. It has a few scuffs caused by removal from the inner sleeve, but clearly has had little play.
A nice copy of a terrific record, and in true stereo, too.
Background: Chet Atkins was a popular guitarist and record producer who enjoyed his greatest commercial success in the 1950s and 1960s.
In 1963, RCA records released a compilation LP, The Best of Chet Atkins, in both mono and stereo. As Atkins’ first 8 albums had been recorded in mono, RCA elected to release the stereo version of the album in reprocessed stereo. Original pressings said “stereo effect reprocessed from monophonic” on the cover.
RCA was one of many labels that attempted to lure in stereo record buyers with mono material that had been “enhanced” for stereo, either by panning the material from side to side, adding a slight delay from one channel to the other, or by adding reverb and echo. The results were usually horrible, and for albums released this way, collectors and audiophiles generally prefer the mono pressings over the fake “stereo” versions.
The German pressings of The Best of Chet Atkins are different, as the mono tracks are in mono and the stereo tracks are in true stereo, making this record a good choice for a Chet Atkins fan.