Various Artists

Saturday Night Party: Swing Party Hits

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Bellevue's Saturday Night Party 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 Saturday Night Party: Swing Party Hits are substandard versions of Louis Armstrong's "Mack the Knife," Art Tatum's "Tea for Two," Glenn Miller's "Pennsylvania 6-5000," Louis Jordan's "Choo Ch' Boogie," and Fred Astaire's "Puttin' on the Ritz."

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