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Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)

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Over 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release, this is still the best American roots music collection around! Musicologist Harry Smith assembled the anthology from 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. This 6-CD reissue was painstakingly researched, annotated and packaged to perfection. With 84 rare tracks, this one is a library all by itself! Includes Drunkard's Special Coley Jones; Peg and Awl Carolina Tar Heels; Frankie Mississippi John Hurt; Engine 143 Carter Family; Indian War Whoop Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers; Newport Blues Cincinnati Jug Band; John the Revelator Blind Willie Johnson; Fifty Miles of Elbow Room Rev. F.W. McGee; Sugar Baby Dock Boggs; See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Blind Lemon Jefferson; The Lone Star Trail Ken Maynard, and many more!

This impressive--and frankly, fun--musical document is still sending out shock waves almost 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release. The Smithsonian's six-CD reissue is painstakingly researched, annotated, and packaged (even boasting an enhanced disc for the techno-capable). Unlike field recorders, eccentric filmmaker/collector/musicologist Harry Smith assembled the Anthology from commercially released (though obscure) 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. Its broad scope--from country blues to Cajun social music to Appalachian murder ballads--was monumentally influential, setting musicians like Bob Dylan down the path to folk fandom. The White House started its own national music library with the Anthology; anyone with more than a passing interest in American roots music should do the same. --Michael Ruby

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Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles

Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles Lowest new price: $30.15
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1. Take It Easy - Travis Tritt 3:32 2. Peaceful Easy Feeling - Little Texas 4:19 3. Desperado - Clint Black 3:38 4. Heartache Tonight - John Anderson 4:23 5. Tequila Sunrise - Alan Jackson 2:53 6. Take It to the Limit - Suzy Bogguss 4:32 7. I Can't Tell You Why - Vince Gill 4:04 8. Lyin' Eyes - Diamond Rio 6:30 9. New Kid in Town - Trisha Yearwood 5:07 10. Saturday Night - Billy Dean 3:25 11. Already Gone - Tanya Tucker 5:00 12. Best of My Love - Brooks & Dunn 4:38 13. The Sad Café - Lorrie Morgan 4:45

In 1993, Nashville's biggest young stars--Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, and others--recorded an album of Eagles songs called Common Thread. When the disc went platinum, everyone hailed it as the rebirth of country-rock. If you listened closely, though, you heard neither the down-to-earth twang of country nor the metallic aggression of rock & roll. What you heard instead was the romantic sweetness of pop. More specifically, the Eagles represented the southern California pop tradition of harmony-drenched groups like the Beach Boys, the Mamas & the Papas, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. It's a wonderful tradition, but it's misleading to call it something else. Out there in the hinterlands you can still hear authentic country-rock, an exhilarating combination of blunt adult storytelling and blazing guitars as practiced by the likes of Joe Ely, Shaver, the Bottle Rockets, Mike Henderson, and Jason and the Scorchers. Real country-rock remains a marginal commercial force, however, and the real money is in the new Nashville version of southern California harmonies. Call it "suburban pop." --Geoffrey Himes

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Country's Greatest Gospel Songs of the Century - Gold Edition

Country's Greatest Gospel Songs of the Century - Gold Edition Lowest new price: $8.51
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You want the best music at an affordable price, and this is the collection for you. On it are 70 years of the best country gospel ever recorded. The tracks are all digitally remastered and sounding better than ever. Plus you will get extensive liner notes and photos from Country Music Hall of Fame historians who detail each song and artist!

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Old No. 1/Texas Cookin

Old No. 1/Texas Cookin Lowest new price: $3.78
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The Million Dollar Quartet: 50th Anniversary Special Edition

The Million Dollar Quartet: 50th Anniversary Special Edition Lowest new price: $7.32
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Blessed: Hymns And Songs Of Faith

Blessed: Hymns And Songs Of Faith Lowest new price: $8.84
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Known for his unequivocal baritone voice and inspiring story, this International Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year Award winner has recorded some of the songs that led him to become a gospel and country music performer. This Alabama native has come full circle, breathing new life into some of his favorite hymns and gospel tunes. Joined by musical icons Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and more, Walker's straightforward renditions remind us of the joys of the hymnal in that old country church.

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Tanya Tucker - 20 Greatest Hits

Tanya Tucker - 20 Greatest Hits Lowest new price: $4.99
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The best from Tanya's late-'80s/early-'90s recordings, including the unreleased Black Water Bayou plus her big country hits My Arms Stay Open All Night; Walking Shoes; It's a Little Too Late; Two Sparrows in a Hurricane; (Without You) What Do I Do with Me; Down to My Last Teardrop; Don't Go Out; It Won't Be Me; Oh What It Did to Me , and more-20 tracks!

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Live at The CMA Theater in The Country Music Hall of Fame

Live at The CMA Theater in The Country Music Hall of Fame Lowest new price: $15.98

This CD features two bonus tracks, 'Little Maggie' and 'I Don't Care Anymore.' The GRAMMY award-winning sextet, The Earls of Leicester, have returned with a triumphant live album. Taped over two nights at Nashville's historic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the robust 23-song set, features 14 new recordings, and fan favorites from their two previous studio albums. The all-star outfit of Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Barry Bales, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, and Jeff White bring the Foggy Mountain Boys to life, bearing a boundless vitality that makes songs from over a half-century ago feel irresistibly fresh. Live at The CMA Theater in The Country Music Hall of Fame is available in both CD and double-disc vinyl packages.

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Looking Back

Looking Back Lowest new price: $9.98
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Acoustic masters Todd PHillips (bass), David Grier (guitar) and Matt Flinner (mandolin) reunite on this beautifully performed collection instrumental classics.

On Looking Back, their second CD, this acoustic trio demonstrates its mastery of the three T's: taste, tone, and technique. Whether their fingers are dancing through a bluegrass standard like Bill Monroe's "Tennessee Blues" or caressing the meditative melody of jazz pianist McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace," the three musicians fuse elements of jazz, bluegrass, and rock into intriguing new shapes. Rather than charge their way through the tunes as musicians from the bluegrass tradition sometimes do, guitarist David Grier and mandolin player Matt Flinner concentrate on laying back and playing a single perfect note rather than a flurry of almost right ones. Bassist Todd Phillips lays down a solid rhythmic foundation while balancing the brighter-sounding instruments of his partners with a mellow low end. The sound is so full and rich it's hard to believe there are only three musicians here. Phillips, Grier, and Flinner called this CD Looking Back because they chose songs that they grew up playing. The tunes may be from the past, but their musical vision is decidedly facing the future. --Michael Simmons

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The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery

The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery Lowest new price: $7.00
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It's about time a career-spanning Montgomery compilation was released, especially considering that he has 15 #1 singles! The 20 tracks feature two brand-new tracks, Cool and One Day Less , and also includes I Swear; I Can Love You Like That; The Little Girl; I Love the Way You Love Me; Friends; Life's a Dance; Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident); 'Til Nothing Comes Between Us; Angel in My Eyes; Rope the Moon , and more.

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