When K.D. Lang emerged from the Canadian heartland, she reinvented western swing and traditional country with an astonishing voice as big as the wide open prairies she hailed from. Both challenging the country music establishment and delighting myriad country fans, her rich, iconoclastic fusion of influences-blending retro flourishes with post-modern sensibilities-also won over roots music and alt-rock lovers in legion numbers. Lang's now-historic pipes and spirited "cowboy-punk" interpretations have created a seamless signature sound that can only begin to be described by "alt-country." Mining her early western-flavored classics, the first-ever compilation from this vocal great explores the ascendance of a brilliant career.