Standard Brands (album)

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Standard Brands
Standard Brands Atkins Breau.jpg
Studio album by Chet Atkins and Lenny Breau
Released 1981
Genre Jazz
Length 33:41
Label RCA
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Standard Brands

Standard Brands is an album by Chet Atkins and Canadian guitarist Lenny Breau, released in 1981.


Due to Breau's drug problems, the album took nearly two years to complete.[1]

Atkins was instrumental in getting Lenny his first recording contract after hearing one of his (Lenny's) studio tapes. Atkins stated in an interview for Frets magazine: "Paul Yandell first brought Lenny to my attention around 1966. I immediately knew that here was one of the great players of this world. He had taken some of my fragmentary ideas, and gone on and on into musical areas I had never dreamed of."[2]

Atkins also produced and recorded two other releases by Breau. Chet said of his longtime friend: "He was a great fingerstylist with fathomless knowledge. His legend will continue to inspire future generations."[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [4]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Robert Taylor wrote of Standard Brands: "The pairing of these two guitar legends for a series of guitar duets was long overdue, but thankfully was well preserved and finally reissued... The interplay between the duo is a fascinating lesson in the old teaching the new and vice versa... A wonderful piece of guitar history."[4]


  • The original LP was reissued on CD by One Way Records in 1994. It is now out of print.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Batucada" (Luiz Bonfá) – 3:19
  2. "Tenderly" (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) – 3:12
  3. "Cattle Call" (Tex Owens) – 2:08
  4. "Taking a Chance on Love" (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche) – 4:35
  5. "Somebody's Knockin'" (Jerry Gillespie, Ed Penney) – 4:21

Side two[edit]

  1. "This Can't Be Love" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:07
  2. "This Nearly Was Mine" (Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers) – 2:39
  3. "Going Home" (Antonín Dvořák) – 4:35
  4. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 5:45


  • Chet Atkins – guitar
  • Lenny Breau – guitar


  1. ^ Atkins, Chet and Cochran, Russ. (2003). "Me and My Guitars". Milwaukee. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-05565-8.
  2. ^ Atkins, Chet. "The Genius of Lenny Breau". Frets Magazine. July 1986.
  3. ^ Lenny Breau Remembered by Jim Ferguson. Accessed on March 28, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Robert. "Standard Brands > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 

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