Various Artists

Love Songs: Dad Rocks (Fathers Day)

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Bellevue's Love Songs series, like other releases from the label, features only a handful of original recordings per volume. Poorly recorded live versions and studio re-recordings are far more common. The label specifies which selections are live, but it does not bother to note which ones are inferior studio remakes. That alone is a case for ignoring the whole series. Among the many reasons to avoid this volume: substandard versions of Restless Heart's "Sharp Dressed Man," Stray Cats' "Rock This Town," the Outlaws' "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," Iggy Pop's "The Passenger," and (Happy Father's Day, Dad!) James Brown's "Sex Machine."

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