5 Albums from Country's Classiest Acts

Put a spring in your step this fall with new releases from some twangy greats

THESE DAYS VINCE GILL For three decades, Gill has been country's Gary Cooper--a heroically modest pro's pro, with a range that extends from earnest ballads to really earnest ballads. This four-disc set of 43 original tracks, all of which Gill wrote or co-wrote, is downright Garthian in its ambition--and it changes everything. Each disc covers different musical terrain--bluegrass, jazz, Southern rock, country--has well-cast guests (Bonnie Raitt shines) and reveals Gill as an astonishingly dexterous guitar player and singer. A few songs miss, but more than enough hit to make this collection, priced with characteristic humility at $29.95, one of the best of...

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