It's fitting that Rickie Lee Jones, one of the most mercurial figures in the rock pantheon, would choose to anthologize herself with a collection that's every bit as charmingly capricious. Two of the discs that make up Duchess of Coolsville take on the cast of a "greatest hits" compilation, but rather than presenting the tunes chronologically, Jones offers them up in alphabetical order. That leads to some fascinating juxtapositions, such as nestling her cover of the Victrola-era standard "Bye Bye Blackbird" between the recent jazz foray "Bitchenostrophy" and her best-known tune, "Chuck E's in Love." Ultimately, Jones offers an evenhanded view of her entire career, peppering the set with both sparse piano pieces like the ethereal "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" and finger-snapping bohemian forays like "Weasel and the White Boys Cool." Another plus is her eagerness to spotlight her more expansive work, notably the winding, eight-minute "Traces of the Western Slopes." Diehard fans will be particularly drawn to the collection's third disc, which brings together 15 rarities -- the vast majority of which are genuinely obscure rather than merely somewhat off the beaten path. That translates into a smattering of live tracks -- highlighted by a lovely cover of "My Funny Valentine" -- as well as plenty of demo material, including a radically revamped version of "Satellites" and a jittery jaunt through the off-kilter "Rondo for the Three Apartments on 34th Street." Jones may be claiming the title of duchess only for this aural biography, but the evidence presented here proves she's clearly the queen of this particular sonic universe.