Four albums from the breakout years of Jerry Reed – all collected here in a single CD set! First up is When You're Hot – the record that firmly catapulted Jerry Reed to the top – a set that draws on all his years of lyrical wit and razor-sharp guitar work – served up with some surprisingly funky touches too! That upbeat
chugging groove that Jerry began on "Guitar Man" is in place on many tracks here – although there's also a few ballads that balance things out nicely, and some instrumental moments too. Titles include the hit "When You're Hot You're Hot", "Thank You Girl", "Turned On", "My Kinda Love", "Big
Daddy", "Amos Moses", and "I'll Be Around". Ko Ko Joe is completely charming work from the great Jerry Reed – a set that often has him continuing that almost-swamp rock mode of his previous album – but also showing some deeper currents on the lyrical tip as well! There's a nice range of songs – maybe as Chet Atkins was trying to match the fuller range of expression that Jerry was capable of – and titles include the great "Another Puff" – plus "Early Morning Rain", "Framed", "You'll Never Walk Alone", and "Seasons Of My Mind". On Smell The Flowers, Jerry Reed steps up to the production helm, working alongside Chet Atkins – at a level that really pushes the singer/
guitarist on all his many musical fronts! The album's got some of those great catchy, groovy numbers that always set Reed apart from the rest – and his guitar work graces most numbers in a really great way – sometimes shading alongside the vocals, sometimes right out front in bolder solo moments. Titles include "Pave Your Way Into Tomorrow", "Endless Miles Of Highway", "Take It Easy", "Don't Get Heavy", "Smell The Flowers", "It Ain't Home But It Ain't Bad", and "Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By". Me & Chet is a really wonderful collaboration with the great Chet Atkins – the producer who first recognized Jerry's genius for RCA, and who shares the instrumental spotlight here in a flurry of great guitar numbers! Chet's in one channel, Jerry's in the other – and the guitar interplay is fantastic, and easily some of the best Atkins material from the time – with all the dynamic sound of his earlier work. Titles include "Jerry's Breakdown", "Mystery Train", "Serenade To Summertime", "Limehouse Blues", and "The Mad Russian".