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Bethlehem Sampler, Vol. 1

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This well-rounded sampler has two songs apiece taken from a dozen CD reissues put out by Evidence in their admirable Bethlehem reissue program. All of the performances feature vocalists, two each from Nina Simone (taken from her first recording), Chris Connor, Betty Roché, Carmen McRae, Joe Derise, Helen Carr and Pat Moran, four from Johnny Hartman and Mel Tormé and one apiece from Paula Castle and Audrey Morris. Unfortunately, the exact dates and personnel are not included, but the music covers many moods with the emphasis on superior standards. Bethlehem Sampler, Vol. 1 does what all samplers should, giving listeners a strong overview of what is available on the label.

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