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Classic Country: Sweet Country Ballads

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A 20-track set of melodic ballads musing on the worries of love, this Time-Life compilation shows how uptown country can actually be. With elegant strings and lush, sweeping arrangements, songs like Eddy Arnold's "Make the World Go Away," Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," Don Gibson's timeless "I Can't Stop Loving You," Glen Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and Skeeter Davis's gloriously maudlin "The End of the World" are all countrypolitan classics. Toss in a few beers and you'll be weeping over the travails of love before the night is done.

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