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Hillbilly Fever!: Vol. I: Legends of Western Swing [Rhino, 1995]
The strangest style in all American popular music--urban and rural, Eastern and Western, virtuosic and simplistic, hip and corny, swinging and square. Bob Wills was its king, but its minor masters ruled the plains, and despite a stupid, unrepresentative, disruptive Stan Kenton cover, this is the best sampler ever compiled. Not only that, it features a 1937 release with the word fuck on it. A