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Fifty Years of Country Music

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Fifty Years of Country Music

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We gave it a B

Various Artists Fifty Years of Country Music from Mercury (Mercury) They may have passed on Elvis and sent a young Dolly Parton packing, but Mercury Nashville played some hunches that have paid off big, including the Kentucky Headhunters and Billy Ray Cyrus. This nearly comprehensive three-CD set (no Reba McEntire, due to contractual snafus) has its moments—candid liner notes, hits (Kathy Mattea’s ”Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”), and obscure cuts (Johnny Cash’s ”Goin’ By the Book”). Disc one, featuring post-war country and bluegrass, should be mandatory listening for the line-dancing generation. B