Various Artists

Love Songs: Romantic Songs from the Past

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Bellevue's Love Songs 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 this volume: substandard versions of Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody," Rosemary Clooney's "Be My Life's Companion," and Louis Prima's "Angelina." It features more original recordings than most other Bellevue releases, but the sound quality tends to be poor.

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