Various Artists

Beach Party: Cruise Ship Beach Hits

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Bellevue's extensive Beach Party series, like its other multi-volume series, is littered with poor studio re-recordings and inferior live versions. While the label notes on the back of each disc which tracks are live, it does no such thing with the re-recordings, making each volume impossible to recommend -- whether it sells for a basement-bottom price or not. Even though each disc has a theme, the selections are often arbitrary. Among the selections on this particular volume: Dinah Washington's "Mad About the Boy," Mildred Bailey's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and Nina Simone's "My Baby Just Cares for Me."

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