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** 1/2 VARIOUS ARTISTS, "Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack," Warner Bros. You'd think Madonna could almost play the part of Eva Peron without acting--and in fact there's not much evidence of her acting to be found here. On record anyway, this is one flat Evita.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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