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This Is Country: 3 CDS of Classic and Contemporary Country

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It's hardly an exhaustive survey of country music, but this three-disc, 47-track set certainly covers a lot of ground, featuring 70 years of singles released between 1936 and 2006. Divided into three themed discs ("Contemporary Country," "Queens of Country," and "Kings of Country"), it includes such diverse material as Dolly Parton's "Jolene," Jean Shepherd's "Beautiful Lies," Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line," and George Jones' "White Lightning" to more left of center sides from the likes of Béla Fleck, Alison Krauss, Joe Ely, and the Cowboy Junkies. There really isn't a lame track here, making this a perfect companion for a long car drive.

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