Various Artists

Beach Party: Lounge on the Beach

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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: Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," Gene Autry's "You Are My Sunshine," Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl from Ipanema," and Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This."

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