The Kitty Kallen Story: CD #1, #2
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There are three songs Kitty sang with Jimmy Dorsey and his band ("When They Ask About You," "They're Either Too Young Or Too Old," "Besame Mucho.") which prove that Kallen was a real trooper since the liner notes indicate that she didn't always like working with Dorsey. The two CD set has 23 top 40 hits--very impressive. It's truly unfortunate that her health problems sidelined her way too much of the time.
I recommend this two CD set for her fans as well as the newcomer who wants a superb introduction to her fine work. The liner notes are well written and include photographs as well. PLEASE! Get this set! It's an excellent addition to your CD collection! GRIN
Yet I could not give this CD set five stars, because I think it has one flaw. It could have been better done if it were chronologically arranged; in fact, the order goes back and forth from the 1940s to the 1950s, with her last hit (from the 1960s, as I said!) somewhere in the middle. Since there were periods when (for health reasons) she was not recording, a chronological arrangement would really give a much better picture of her career.
Since there is no better Kitty Kallen collection, get this one. But as I said, if I were doing it, I'd have put it together differently.
If fate hadn't done her in, she would have developed into a fantastic singer but the little available is good enough. Unfortunately half of the songs in this cd are outdated. Despite this there are enough gems to make one realize that Kitty had an unique sweet voice. My favorite "I'm beginning to see the light" is a classic. After hearing the song, it's an automatic reaction of mine to press rewind. Her version of "My Coloring Book" was before Streisand's and I know I'm being risky saying this but Kallen's version is better.
Amazon has released another cd with "Honky Tonk Angel/If I gave my heart to you", all I can say is keep them coming.
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“The Kitty Kallen Story”, a 2-CD set released by Sony (US) in 1992, contains 24 songs. Read more
It's a rare almost complete collection of Kitty Kallen's work...I am media producer for broadcast and the web. These CDs are about to disappear.Published 13 months ago by J. Alan Lambert
I have not recieved my order but have heard the previews on the internet. I was seven when this song came out and bought it with S&H green stamps back in those days. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Everett Butler
This is a wonderful collection by a terribly underrated singer from the big band era. My only complaints lie in Sony's compilation of the material. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by JDC
I have this cd.It is of all recording companies she worked for. The liner notes were a more than mean when she talks about Jimmy Dorsey. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Donald E. Caron
Kitty represented the 40's love song to the hilt. Can anyone ever forget her vocals to Harry James' version of "It's Been A Long Time"? Forget it! Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Jude Barnes
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