Even country purists should forgive Vince Gill his recent excesses, er, successes. Long before Gill signed on as a solo artist with MCA, after all, he was holding his own with the tastiest pickers working the hard-core bluegrass scene. Then came a rather anonymous stint with melody-heavy country-rockers Pure Prairie League. So he’s allowed Souvenirs, a collection of Gill’s biggest sellers from the past six years. Gill unapologetically flaunts his fluffy side, putting all the songs that made him rich and famous in one tidy package. Among them: “The Heart Don’t Lie,” a candied suite that finds Gill keeping up with Nashville’s generally peerless queen of excess, labelmate Reba McEntire; the equally pleasurable “I Will Always Love You,” one of the album’s two covers, presented here as an alliance with the song’s author, Dolly Parton; and the soaring tear-jerker “I Still Believe in You,” which will make anyone with open ears and mind a believer that Gill really is one of the great love balladeers of his time, a rustic Luther Vandross. Not that he needs to, but for those who tire quickly of the sap, Gill also sticks on a few up-tempo numbers like “Liza Jane” and “One More Last Chance.” The solo breaks on those cuts show Gill the guitarist still has unbelievable chops. Sure, saccharine is tart next to some of Souvenirs’ entrees, but so much of modern country’s charm is in its grandiloquence. Gill is a treasure. Souvenirs is a keeper. CP