Various Artists

Old Time Country: Kings of Country Western

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This is a curious little compilation by the grandaddies of country and western music. True cowboy country: No, Michael Martin Murphey isn't here, but Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the original Sons of the Pioneers all get a couple of cuts. But the true treasures on this set are by Stuart Hamblen, with his haunting, forlorn "Lola Lee"; Eddie Dean's slippery, romantic steel guitar instrumental, "One You Must Choose," and Al Dexter's early country fiddle and accordion classic "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." Given the budget price, and that everything here is consistent, this is a hip little package with three outrageously great and uncommon tunes thrown into an offbeat hits mix.

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