Various Artists

The Heart of Country

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Fifteen tracks by various country singing women from the early 1960s forward, this little Hallmark sampler has some bona fide classic gems, including Patti Page's definitive and perfectly sung version of "Tennessee Waltz," Crystal Gayle's wonderful and signature "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," and Tanya Tucker's feisty "Delta Dawn," among others. It isn't a history of anything, and it doesn't make any kind of sweeping cultural statement, and nothing here is particularly rare or obscure, but the songs and performances are really good, and sometimes that's all one could ask for.

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