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Back to my own home town

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I'm Afraid The Maskerade Is Over
Duty Free
I Can't Get Started With You
Back To My Own Home Town
My Little Suede Shoes
There Will Never Be Another You
Simone's Blues
Streamline Stanley
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 41:54

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