When Chet Atkins left RCA for Columbia in 1982, he seemed to leave country music behind as well. Many of his releases for his new label fell into the categories of new age or that evolution of easy listening that's known as smooth jazz. There's a quite a bit of smooth but precious little jazz (where's the improvisation, for example?) as far as I can tell, but I digress.
No matter what genre he plays in, Atkins always brings a touch of class and elegance. Such is the case with Sails, a 1987 release that falls squarely in the new age category. There are guest appearances by fellow guitarists Earl Klugh and Mark Knopfler, but you'd never know it unless you read the liner notes. It's not a bad album -- it's just that nothing on it really grabs your attention. Maybe that's the point.
In any case, from it comes Why Worry, a Knopfler composition. The MP3 is taken from the vinyl album.
Sails has been almost constantly available since its first release and the album can easily be bought as a CD or a download. Both are reasonably priced.
Here's Chet and Steve Wariner performing the title song from Sails on a TV show. What show and the date of the performance aren't specified. Sound and picture quality is good.