It's a Guitar World

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It's a Guitar World
Studio album by Chet Atkins
Released 1967
Recorded RCA 'Nashville Sound' Studios, Nashville, TN
Genre Country, pop
Length 31:15
Label RCA Victor LSP-3728 (Stereo), LPM-3728 (Mono)
Producer Chet Atkins, Bob Ferguson, Felton Jarvis
Chet Atkins chronology
Music From Nashville, My Home Town
'It's a Guitar World'

It's a Guitar World is the title of a recording by guitarist Chet Atkins, released in 1966.

Atkins serves up a mixture of late 60s pop and world music. Harihar Rao adds sitar to "January in Bombay" and "Ranjana" with some interesting and also somewhat mystifying results. Recent hits by The Tijuana Brass - "A Taste of Honey" and "What Now My Love" also get covered here. It reached #19 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 148 on the Pop Albums chart.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Richard S. Ginell wrote of the reissue "This attractive LP from Chester Burton Atkins purports to leap international boundaries, but for the most part, he stays right home in Nashville."[1]


  • It's a Guitar World was reissued on CD along with My Favorite Guitars in 1995 on One Way Records.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "What'd I Say" (Ray Charles) – 2:13
  2. "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" (Vince Guaraldi) – 2:23
  3. "Lara's Theme (from Doctor Zhivago)" (Maurice Jarre) – 3:10
  4. "A Taste of Honey" (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott) – 2:41
  5. "For No One" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:07

Side two[edit]

  1. "Pickin' Nashville" (Joe Layne, Jimmy Wilkerson) – 2:21
  2. "January in Bombay" (Atkins) – 3:05
  3. "Ranjana" (Karihar Rao) – 2:20
  4. "Et Maintenant (What Now My Love)" (Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Carl Sigman) – 3:15
  5. "'Na voce, 'na chitarra e'o poco 'e luna" (Ugo Calise, C. A. Rosa) – 2:22
  6. "Star-Time" (Leon Payne) – 2:15
  7. "Sempre" (Sonny Osborne) – 2:52


  • Chet Atkins – guitar
  • Harihar Rao - sitar