Various Artists

The Hightone Records: The First 10 Years

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21 tracks, 74 minutes, rock, blues, country and Billy Wirtz -- what else can you ask for? Well, it comes with a low sticker price, so you get a low-cost taste of the range of material issued by this Oakland-based label. And, yes, it's definitely a various-artists collection that's worth getting your hands on. The album opens with Robert Cray and closes with Chris Gaffney, and in between you get cuts from Dave Alvin, Dick Dale, Otis Rush, Billy Wirtz, Joe Ely and lots more.

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