With a mystical, semi-coherent rant by none other than Donovan on the back cover you knew this had to be a good session from Chet. Obviously the aim was to bring his style to a younger, more hip audience. He delves into the songbooks of Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bacharach-David and more. Chet's Gretsch can sing pop as well as country and is able to weave the two into something of his own. The back cover photo not only has a splendid guitar as a subject, but Chet is also using a Gretsch amplifier. Heck, I didn't even know Gretsch made amps. Just another brick in the monument that Chet built throughout his career.
Here's a few comments sent in by Phil:
had several amplifiers in their product line for many years.
Most of them (maybe ALL of them) were made by an outside company
called Valco. Valco made the amps for several companies.
George Van Eps also used a Gretsch amp - possibly the Chet Atkins model, possibly another - I don't know for sure. He also played a 7 string Gretsch guitar that was built for him by Gretsch. The guitar was available to the public but not very many were sold; called the "George Van Eps" model, I forget the model number. George can be seen with the guitar on the covers of his 90's recordings with Howard Alden, and also his 1969 record "Soliloquy".