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Songs by Kay Starr

2 Sept. 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 2 Sept. 2012
  • Release Date: 2 Sept. 2012
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2007 Jasmine Records
  • Total Length: 2:28:47
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  • ASIN: B0096CTI6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,125 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
This double set from Jasmine takes three of Kay Starr's Capitol albums

'Songs By' 'The Kay Starr Style' and 'Kay Starr In A Blue Mood' and includes them in their entireity for the first time on CD. The first CD contains the first 2 albums plus four rare singles. Disc 2 Opens with

her 'Kay Starr In A Blue Mood' and carries on to her early singles recordings for RCA Victor. Making their CD debut from that period are favourites like 'Where What Or When' 'Touch And Go' and 'The Brass Ring'.

Of course the orignal 'Rock And Roll Waltz Is Here', but also stunning versions of standards like 'Without A Song' and believe it or not a really jazzy 'Home Sweet Home On The Range' .

How so much talent exudes from such a tiny lady has always been a marvel.

This must be the best year for Kay Starr releases in a long time.

Another collection you can't afford to be without.

Andrew Blackburn
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With Jasmine's fantastic bargain double CD set, all Kay Starr's Capitol albums are now available complete on CD, and not before time. Shame on you, EMI and Capitol!

The tracks on the three albums in question were recorded between 1947 and 1954, the duration of Kay's first Capitol contract. With the exception of 8 tracks for "In a blue Mood" from Kay's final sessions with Capitol in November 1564 they were originally issued as singles. The original albums "Songs by Kay Starr" (1950), "The Kay Starr Style" (1953) and "In a blue mood" (1955) were released in 10" format, then 4 tracks were later added to each and the albums reissued in 12" albums.

"Songs by Kay Starr" is an attractive and wide-ranging collection of blues and ballads, reminding the listener that Kay was perhaps the only vocalist who could, indeed sing anything, from dreamy, lovelorn ballads like "A faded summer love" to out-and-out blues like "Mercy, mercy, mercy" (also known as "Inflation blues") and "Steady, daddy" - a surprisingly racy, innuendo-laden number for 1947. Billie Holiday said that Kay was the only white girl singer who knew how to sing the blues, and these tracks prove her right.

"The Kay Starr Style" is a more up-beat album, although Kay's powerful, torchy ballad style is in evidence in "It's the talk of the town" and "I just couldn't take it baby". How easily she can lighten those potent, burnished tones to encompass bouncy numbers like her famous version of "Side by side" with its innovative and catchy multi-tracking and "Too busy". This album contrives to be remarkably undated yet very much of its time - those glory years when Kay was never out of the charts.

The tone is sombre for "In a blue mood", a sort of album-noir if you like.
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Great collection by Jasmine records bringing together 3 of Kay's early Capitol albums: 'Songs by Kay Starr', 'The Kay Starr style' & 'In a blue mood' in their 1955/1956 12 inch reissue forms, the first two had previously been released in the early 50's on the 10 inch format and expanded with another 4 songs on each album. 'In a blue mood' is by far the best album, as it was really her first 'real' album and not just a collection of hits and tracks. It was a themed album, something that Capitol were known for in the 1950's and is pretty similar to Judy Garland's 'Alone', so bascially sad or break-up ballads.

It's a two disc set with over 50 tracks, so well worth the money. The sound quality is excellent too. Disc one incorporates the first 2 albums plus several bonus tracks from early in her Capitol recordings. After 'In a blue mood' on disc two for some reason we then get half of her RCA singles, A & B sides, but only up to 'The brass ring' from 1956 so no 'My heart reminds me'. There are several RCA cuts that haved never been released on CD and it's a shame they are not included. But there are other tracks that appear here for the first time on CD. Mixing her two successful label's recordings (Capitol & RCA) is a bit odd as she had a slightly different sound on RCA but it's all Kay Starr at her very best, and she is one of the best singers ever!
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