Anita O'Day

You Betcha

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You Betcha, a compilation of Anita O'Day's big-band years released on Sounds of Yesteryear, reprises most of her early career's best-known features -- "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine," "Let Me Off Uptown," and "Honeysuckle Rose" -- whether they were for the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Gene Krupa, or (briefly) Benny Goodman. Although a few more of her solid early sides appear, the rest of the compilation is filled out with an odd assortment of '40s and '50s material, all of it passable but none of it adding up to the type of Anita O'Day compilation that belongs in the first rank. The sound is average, too, which makes this a substandard compilation that is only worth hearing at a low price.

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