With her one-of-a-kind contralto, singer/ songwriter/guitarist Pheobe Snow revels in a mellifluous mix of R&B, jazz, pop, and folk.

With her one-of-a-kind contralto, singer/ songwriter/guitarist Pheobe Snow revels in a mellifluous mix of R&B, jazz, pop, and folk. This set is the artist's first—and long overdue—full-career retrospective. Unlike some best-ofs that leave listeners wondering why certain songs were or weren't included, this project is far more satisfying thanks to Snow herself, who helped select tracks from her stints with Leon Russell's Shelter label, Columbia, and Elektra. The collection opens with her top five initial claim to fame, the timeless "Poetry Man," and segues into such favorites as "Teach Me Tonight," "Never Letting Go," and a previously unissued live version of "Harpo's Blues." One quibble: Where's the 1976 gem "No Regrets"?—GM