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Beach Party: R&B 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: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me by Now," Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By," the Manhattans' "Kiss and Say Goodbye," and Brook Benton's "Baby You've Got What It Takes."

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