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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DRB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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 reissue...in 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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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. If you were a fan of hers, you won't go wrong with this CD. If you're curious about who she was, this CD would be a great introduction to her art.
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