What the…? A 45-song, triple-CD blowout devoted to a band only savvy rock fans have even heard of? Well, when it is for a group as good for as long as Seattle's Posies were, that sort of off-the-charts devotion draws admiration. This is what we call love, pure and simple. Not only from a small Pennsylvania label that must have spent more time planning, nursing, and executing this than Pickett and Lee did that state's Gettysburg charge, but also from 43 no-name, surprisingly crisp bands from over a dozen other countries that pulled off this jaw-dropper. Drop the laser down anywhere on this three-hour-plus blockbuster (the Gandhi of tribute LPs?) and you find a hungry group in thrall of the Hollies-meet-Big Star hooks of ace songwriters Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, from 1988's Failure right through to 2005's comeback Every Kind of Light. Thus, all are able to bring fresh energy to songs that, Rasputin-like, won't die. That the overall quality control would be comparable to that of the two tunesmiths' own work was far from given, considering that a cameo-ing Stringfellow (a devastating piano reduction of "Everybody Is a Fucking Liar") and Auer (a finger-picked "Daily Mutilation") are the only artists this writer knew already. (Two other '90s ex-members, bassist Joe Skyward and drummer Brian Young, also pop up, as do old producer Don Fleming, Skyward's daughter, and Stringfellow's wife.) But from the Nick Lowe-ish Smith Bros. to the Swervedriver-like Sugarrush, to piano ditties, light C&W, and meaty power-pop galore (Wellingtons), Beautiful Escape is the kind of "tribute" worthy of its underrated subject.