Usually when an artist releases a multiple-CD collection, it is a boxed set of greatest hits with maybe a few previously unreleased tunes thrown in.

Usually when an artist releases a multiple-CD collection, it is a boxed set of greatest hits with maybe a few previously unreleased tunes thrown in. In a possibly unprecedented move, Vince Gill's new MCA project, "These Days," is a 43-song, four-CD set of new material that will hit the shelves this week.

"I'll always write a whole bunch of songs and then try to pick what I like best out of that batch of songs," Gill says. "I found that some pretty good songs just kind of get put in a desk drawer somewhere and you kind of lose sight of them."

This time, Gill decided no song should be left behind, so he went to Universal Music Group Nashville co-chairman Luke Lewis with the idea to release multiple CDs during the course of a year. Instead, Lewis encouraged him to record another CD of acoustic music and said the label would release all four simultaneously.

The four discs are subtitled "Some Things Never Get Old" (country), "Little Brother" (bluegrass/acoustic), "Workin' On a Big Chill" (which has more of a rock sound) and "The Reason Why" (more of a soul/jazz flavor). Guests include Diana Krall, Bonnie Raitt, Gretchen Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Phil Everly, the Del McCoury Band and Emmylou Harris, Gill's daughter Jenny and his wife, Amy Grant.

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