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Capitol Collector's Series

Kay StarrAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I'm The Lonesomest Gal In TownKay Starr 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mamma At All)Kay Starr 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)Kay Starr 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. So TiredKay Starr 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hoop-Dee-DooKay Starr 2:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bonaparte's RetreatKay Starr 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. MississippiKay Starr 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'll Never Be FreeKay Starr/Tennessee Ernie Ford 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wheel of FortuneKay Starr 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Waited a Little Too LongKay Starr 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Kay's LamentKay Starr 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Fool, Fool, FoolKay Starr 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Comes A-Long A-LoveKay Starr 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Side By Side (1991 Digital Remaster)Kay Starr 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Half a PhotographKay Starr 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Allez-Vous-EnKay Starr 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. When My Dreamboat Comes HomeKay Starr 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Changing PartnersKay Starr 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Man UpstairsKay Starr 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. If You Love Me (Really Love Me)Kay Starr 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Toy Or Treasure (Digitally Remastered 91)Kay Starr 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Lazy RiverKay Starr 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Foolin' AroundKay Starr 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Crazy (Digitally Remastered 91)Kay Starr 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. The Rock and Roll WaltzKay Starr 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DRB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Mix country, jazz and blues together with one potent personality and you've got Kay Starr! And that combo paid hit-making dividends, as this 25-track CD attests! Everything from Wheel of Fortune to Bonaparte's Retreat to her duet with Tennessee Ernie Ford, I'll Never Be Free .

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Starr! December 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Kay Starr's voice is unique, you can pick it out of a thousand singers. Her voice is so clear, so strong, it must have sounded fabulous over those old car radios of the 40's and 50's! I particularly enjoyed her duet with Ernie Ford, and her recording of 'Side by Side'. However, there's not a clunker in the bunch on here. As with the other Capitol Collectors Series, I found the restoration of these old recordings to be superb, a task performed with meticulous care.
An excellent start for a collector of pre-rock pop music.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Starr's commercial recordings for Capital... June 6, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Since Kay Starr's roots were in jazz, her commercial recordings as middle of the road as they are, are still very enjoyable. If you listen to Patti Page's greatest hits they sound dated and she sounds awful, yet you listen to Starr's hits and they are still classy and are of interest to jazz collectors, Starr had(and still does to this day) a bluesy Jimmy Rushing/Connee Boswell influenced voice(Starr replaced Boswell in Bob Crosby's orchestra in the 40's, hence the influencial New Olreans drawl). Starr was unique and jazzy even in the most middle of the road tunes like "Bonaparte's Retreat." But before buying this CD try these three essential recordings by Kay Starr "I Cry By Night" with Ben Webster, "Movin'" and "I Hear The Word"(the only one not yet on CD)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! August 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I found this combination of vaudeville-pop-high camp and jazz music abslutely irresistable! Miss Starr voice has just enough country timbre to makes all this pop songs interesting and she could also sing very good blues (look for her "Cry by night" album!).After hearing this album I started fanaticly searching for anything by Kay Starr and she is now one of my all time favourite singers!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Kay Starr was one of the very few women in the 20th century who truly had the capacity to sing--and sing well. Her voice was rich, vibrant and full of energy. She gave every song her all; and this CD proves it.

The CD has a wonderful 25 (yes, 25) songs on it; and once you listen it will be difficult to pick your favorite! The CD has her classic hit "Wheel of Fortune" which took forever to produce because they needed just the right sound of the dice at the very beginning of the song. The effect is incredible; and the musical arrangement is also very well done. Other great songs on this CD include the polka "Hoop De Doo," "Bonaparte's Retreat," "Comes A-Long A-Love," "Side By Side," "Allez-Vous-En," "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)," "Lazy River" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz." Incredible!

The quality of the sound is excellent and the musical arrangements are all very well done. A nice plus is Kay's duet with Tennessee Ernie Ford on "I'll Never Be Free" and Kay sings with The Lancers on "Kay's Lament" and "Fool, Fool, Fool."

The liner notes boast an extensive essay about Kay's life by Scott Shea. There are wonderful color photographs of Kay as well as some black and white pictures, too. There are even pictures of her record album covers in a type of collage that is very nicely done. You get the song credits and the release dates and chart dates of each song. Awesome!

This is a great CD for Kay's fans (obviously), as well as fans of classic pop vocals. My only disappointment (and it's a minor one) is that this is a collection of Kay's recordings for Capitol Records so it doesn't have her recordings from her years at RCA, for example. Nevertheless, it is such a quality CD with so much value (twenty five songs) that I still highly recommend it. A quality album--YES! Great job, Kay! ENJOY!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Starr,The brightest star in the firmament October 4, 2002
By Robin
Format:Audio CD
How can anyone put into words the magic of Kay Starr"s heavenly voice and the words of her material?I grew up listening to songs like "Down among the sheltering palms"and when I hear them again it takes me back to simpler times.She is still the best female vocalist in my book.Theresa Brewer And Dolly Parton are the only ones who come close.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction, her pre-RCA singles February 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I periodically get in the mood for this package. The woman's voice just hooks me, distinctive, sexy, playful, lots of attitude. My favorite pre-rock 'n' roll female singer (other fave: Keely Smith!). I bought this package, actually, to replace/supplement my hits Lp, a reissue of her 1954-55 T 415 12" Lp, which I have in bee-yoo-tee-ful shape on, oh h***, a 1962-press Capitol that d*** echo duophonic (think Capitol's version of tile bathroom echo fake "stereo") DT 415 album. I've been running down as much of her recorded output that I can find, and well worth it. Her return to Capitol in '59-ish marked her as a more mature album jazz singer (MOVIN' is one h*** of a package, right up there with Sinatra's swing-with-the-band Capitol period albums), and be sure to check out her 1962 C&W/Pop album, which is a beauty, too. Unlike most pop vocals doing "hillbilly" music as tongue-in-cheek (and making joke albums in the process--they being the joke, tee hee), Kay nails that style, even if the orchestra is imitating that easy listening backing behind Patsy Cline's best songs.

This package is a GREAT compilation of her period as a Capitol singles (78s to 45s) artist, a great introduction. And what can I say, but she has those incredibly interesting Evil eyebrows. Lots of 'tude!

(One aside: the version of "Rock & Roll Waltz" on this is the 1963-64 Capitol stereo re-recording of her 1955 RCA hit.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kay Starr was one of my favorite vocalists when I was in high school.
Published 13 days ago by PBX Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SINGER!
I loved Kay Starr when I was a kid listening to the radio. She was a big star back then, but almost completely forgotten now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Len Levinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Kay Starr!!
I absolutely love the CD. I have about worn it out playing it in
the car. Too bad we don't have more Kay Starr's amongst our
present day female singers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by xmasden
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Kay Starr
I really love Kay Starr. Saw her perform at Taylor's Supper Club on Denver ion the 1970s. Like all her tunes.
Published 7 months ago by Alan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Moms present
This was a present for my mom liked some of her songs she liked the the disc and loved her singing
Published 11 months ago by Lisa Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Music
My father requested this music. He enjoyed listening to this singer when he was younger. If you listen to music you enjoyed as a teen or 20 something, it helps to reverse aging I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by L. M. Keefer
5.0 out of 5 stars ALWAYS GREAT
I wanted this album specifically for 5 songs -- "Bonaparte's Retreat", "Wheel of Fortune", Side by Side", "The Man Upstairs" and "The Rock and Roll... Read more
Published 15 months ago by kalicokaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Kay Starr
Kay Starr remains one of the greatest jazz singers and this album is excellent. A wonderful listening experience for all who love jazz.
Published 17 months ago by Carolyn Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Starr ---fantastic!
This was just like listening to Kay Starr back in the 50's on our radio. Great voice, clear recording, and very enjoyable to listen to.
Published on October 16, 2010 by zossnia
5.0 out of 5 stars Starr Billing
Kay Starr was one of a rare breed who, after years of success with one major label, were able to move to another label and continue to rack up the hits. Read more
Published on August 23, 2007 by AvidOldiesCollector
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