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GREY STAR - RUBY STARR

4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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MMM Records presents "Grey-Starr - Ruby Starr," two great albums on one CD.

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MMM
  • ASIN: B000OJMGF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ruby Starr , the powerhouse vocalist remembered most for her 3 albums on Capitol Records in the 70's and for her work with BLACK OAK ARKANSAS had a longer career into the 80's with the band GREY STAR. This CD has all the songs that Ruby and Grey Star released on 2 albums in the early 80's. They contain some great music, and illustrate what a fantastic singer that Ruby was. After her last Capitol album in 1977, Ruby continued to sing and tour, including a tour with BLACKFOOT backing Ruby as her band. GREY STAR toured & rehearsed for 3 years before releasing their first album " GREY STAR " in 1981. The band had 2 lead vocalists - RUBY STARR and MIKE FINDLING, also known as MIKE GREY. On the first album, Ruby has 5 songs as the lead singer, and all of them are stellar performances. She only got better as a singer, and these songs prove it. They rock hard. It may be hard to believe that anyone would dare sing PIECE OF MY HEART, Janis Joplin's signature song, but Ruby pulls it off , making it sound all her own. Really a fantastic performance. YOU NEVER LEARN and DON'T GO AND LEAVE ME have more textures that illustrate the band's diversity and Ruby's as well. GUARANTEED TO PLEASE is the most full-out rocker , a real non-stop freight train that shows that Ruby was one of the best female rock & roll singers ever. The most astounding song is SILHOUETTE, a song that opens with some keyboards and Ruby's soothing vocals, and it just builds and builds. This song had " hit single " all over it. It's a perfect record with singer, band, arrangement and lyrics all converging to make it a magic moment.

Mike Grey gets the lead on the 4 other songs, the best being the opener, the fittingly titled & sung, START UP A NEW DAY. He sounds a bit like Mickey Thomas of Starship.
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I have searched for years to find a good quality CD with this band. Ruby Starr was way ahead of her time. A fabulous vocalist in mold of Joplin. The band is phenomanal and the CD is GREAT. I highly recommend this CD and wish they would put ALL of the Ruby Starr music on CD.
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I love Ruby Starr and there are some great cuts. This CD does not do her talent complete justice.A good majority of songs are sung by her bandmate. I want to hear her not him. The CD Came in mint condition. As a collector, I am very please to own this CD. Sales transaction was top notch.
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