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Saturday Night Party: Soul Party

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Bellevue's Saturday Night Party 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 Saturday Night Party: Soul Party are substandard versions of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood," Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff," Carla Thomas' "B-A-B-Y," Young-Holt Unlimited's "Soulful Strut," the Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk," and the Four Tops' "It's the Same Old Song."

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