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Rockin With Kay: I Hear the Word
Rockin With Kay: I Hear the Word
Price: £23.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starr!, 14 Jun. 2015
Kay recorded 4 albums for RCA in the latter half of the 50's and these are the last two from 1958 & 1959 when Rock 'n' roll was dominant. The first 'Rockin' with Kay' could be a bit misleading with it's title because it was not a rock n roll album nor were all the tracks uptempo, it was Kay doing what she did well, whether pop, Jazz, standards or Country. But it's a really strong album and includes the best version of 'Til we meet again' I've ever heard, it really swings with great male back-up vocalists, something that many people didn't like - but I do! In fact the album is so strong that I would have to praise just about every track!

'I hear the word' is a real surprise and many reviewers over the years have quite rightly pointed out that this is one of the best gospel albums ever! She seams way ahead of the crowd with her style and phrasing and the raw emotion she puts into her singing. It's a strong set but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be 'Sometimes I feel like a motherless child', it's an amazing performance. It must be pointed out that you get 3 bonus tracks on this set and a highlight is the very camp nursary rhyme type of song 'Flim Flam floo' which was the flip to the single 'My heart reminds me' and I believe taken from a movie, it's a real joy and hard to come by other than on this set.


Cry By Night/Losers Weepers
Cry By Night/Losers Weepers
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £23.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Starr, 14 Jun. 2015
Two perfect albums by Kay Starr showcasing just how good a singer she was. Both albums were originally released in the early 60's after she returned to Capitol records after 4 years at RCA. 'I Cry by Night' was recorded with a small group of musicians and has a very intimate sound. Many regard this as the best album she ever recorded. Stand out tracks include 'Lover man', 'It had to be you' and 2 songs that really got me hooked on Kay Starr over 25 years ago, 'More than you know' and 'PS I love you'. The title track was a different version to the one she released as a single and which also appeared on the album 'All Starr hits' in 1961.

'Losers, weepers' from 1960 has a much bigger sound and includes 'I should care' and 'When a man loves a woman'. This is much more a jazz standard album and really should have been the first album on the set, it would have worked better that way. But we should be grateful that even today most of Kay's albums are still avaible to buy on CD or download, not many artists of the era can say that!


Guy Mitchell
Guy Mitchell
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Price: £13.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Guy re-recorded in stereo, 13 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Guy Mitchell (Audio CD)
This is a great budget collection of all of Guy Mitchell's hits from the 1950's, but here they are the re-recorded verisons from 1963 in stereo. The album has been remastered so the sound quality is really good. Mitchell was a rare performer for the 1950's, an American singer who was for a time more successful in the UK. He had 4 number one's here with covers of 'Singing the blues' & 'Rock-a-Billy' and 2 Bob Merrill songs: 'She wears red feathers' and 'Look at that girl'. Bob Merrill wrote some of the most ridious and irritating songs of the 1950's, 'How much is that doggie in the window' probably is the worst. But Guy Mitchell had a way of turning his nursary rhyme type songs into classics: 'Pittsburgh Pennsylvannia' & 'Sparrow in the tree top' are two good examples.

Guy really did have a much better voice than the 'sing-along' style he used to great effect on his hits, he was equally as good as Sinatra as a vocalist, he just didn't sing that way much after the success of 'The roving kind' and 'My heart cries for you' nearly a double million seller in the States in 1951. But at least he did record some very happy music with songs like: 'My truly truly fair', 'Feet up' (UK No.2), 'Chick-a-boom' (UK No.4) and 'Cloud lucky seven' (UK No.2). Also included is his huge hit 'Heartaches by the number'


Songs By Kay Starr
Songs By Kay Starr
Price: £12.17

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 complete albums plus bonus singles, 13 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Songs By Kay Starr (Audio CD)
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!


Season Will Never Grow Old, The (UK Import) [Audio CD] Anne Murray, Rick Wilkins
Season Will Never Grow Old, The (UK Import) [Audio CD] Anne Murray, Rick Wilkins
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £14.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Holiday album!, 13 Jun. 2015
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This really is a nice collection of christmas songs that Anne recorded or re-recorded for 'Hallmark' with the Ambrosian singers and the London symphony orchestra in 1993. Many of the tracks have been released over the years on other Christmas compilations by Anne so all is not lost if you can't get hold on this album as it's out of print now. But if you can find someone still selling it, snap it up as it's a lovely album. Infact Anne really did make some of the best holiday albums around (I'm not usually a fan of them!). She sings on 8 of the tracks: Joy to the world/ Away in a manger / Sweet little jesus boy / It came upon a midnight clear / Silent night / This season will never grow old / Winter wonderland & Have yourself a merry little christmas. The other 3 tracks are performed by the Ambrosian singers: Ding dong merrily on high / Jingle bells & Deck the halls. Highly recommended!


Songs Of the Heart
Songs Of the Heart
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Price: £13.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne at her best, 13 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Songs Of the Heart (Audio CD)
Beautiful collection of love songs by Anne Murray from between 1978 - 1984, so really her classic years. Included are the hits: 'You needed me', 'Broken hearted me', 'I just fall in love again' and the Beatles 'I'm happy just to dance with you'. But don't be fooled by thinking it's an album of ballads. Many of the tracks are taken from her early 80's 'pop' albums and border on disco. Including the original recording of 'Take good care of your heart' before Whitney Houston recorded it, Anne's is much better and should have been a single. Other choice cuts are the beautiful ballad 'The more we try' from 'A little good news' and the dance tracks 'Heart stealer' and 'Once you've had it'. Lovely collection!


What About Me
What About Me
Price: £16.04

4.0 out of 5 stars A decent beginning, 13 Jun. 2015
This review is from: What About Me (Audio CD)
Anne Murray's debut album was released in Canada only back in 1968 but it has been reissued numerous times over the years with nearly every song as the album title. This though is the original and the one that all fan's should own. Reissued and remastered in 1997 it now sounds really good (some of the other versions are terrible for sound quality). This the original version has all 10 tracks, not 11 as some reviewers state, 'Some birds/For baby' is a medley and is one track!

When Anne started out her label were steering her into a more folk direction and this album does sound different even compared to her Capitol debut a year later. Her voice is rawer and she is pitched a little higher. The album was produced by Brian Ahern and includes 2 songs by him as well as covers of Tom Paxton's 'The last thing on my mind', Joni Mitchell's 'Both sides now' and Mel Tillis' 'All the time'. The title track was released as her first single and was a radio hit in Canada. Album highlights are 'It's all over' and 'Paths of victory'. This was a decent start to Anne's long career but don't expect to hear that beautiful deep flawless voice here as she was young and just starting out!


Sings Queen With Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Sings Queen With Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie would have loved it!, 13 Jun. 2015
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Rajaton set themselves a very ambious task when they asked to do a second tribute album, this time to Queen. The first album of cover material was doing an ABBA tribute in 2008. Rajaton are a Finnish vocal group who mainly sing their own material a cappella style. But here they sing with a full symphony orchestra (Lahti) and practically cover 14 Queen songs note for note.

You would think that noone could cover Queen well with their huge recordings and complicated vocal harmonies, but you would be wrong, Rajaton nail every song. 2 songs, 'Don't stop me now' and 'Under pressure are done a cappella style and work very well. But it's the big numbers like 'Killer Queen', 'Somebody to love', 'We are the Champions' & 'The show must go on' that really work, with really tight harmonies and a big sound from the orchestra. They haven't failed anywhere on the album and 'Bohemian rhapsody' has to be hear to be believed, they got it right note for note, if there's a fault it could be that most songs are covered too perfectly, but here and there they inject some of their camp humour into the songs. Brilliant!

Oh I forgot, have to mention that 'Bicyle Race' is wonderful!


Somethin' 'Bout You Baby I Like
Somethin' 'Bout You Baby I Like
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some highlights but some lows, 2 Jun. 2015
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Glen's career had dipped to an all time low around the release of this album back in 1980, only a few years after his huge hits: 'Rhinestone cowboy' and 'Southern nights'. The albums lead single, the title tracks sung with Rita Coolidge' was only a minor hit in America and a complete flop on the country charts which was more worrying! And the follow up single 'Hollywood smiles' did even worse. The trouble was people weren't writing the classics that Glen was used to singing 10 years prior.

Gary Klein (Producer) was over-producing Glen who needed a smaller band of musicians around him and a simpler sound. He also needed stronger songs, the only stand-outs were David Gates 'Part time love' which sounds perfect for Glen, and a cover of Neil Diamond's 'That Kind'. 'Hooked on love' is probably the worst thing I have heard from Glen, a rock and roll song done 80's style which even he can't save. What was he thinking! The songs with Rita Coolidge 'Something bout you baby I like' and 'Show me you love me' really do neither of these greats singers any favours. But at least the two ballards that finish the album are both decent enough and more typical of Glen Campbell recordings: 'Late night confession' and 'It goes like it goes'. By the way Tanya Tucker is singing back up vocals on the album as this is the time she was having an affair with Glen, something that didn't do his image any favours as he was 44 and she was 21.


Bloodline
Bloodline
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of his later 70's period, 2 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Bloodline (MP3 Download)
Bloodline was released back in 1976, sandwiched between the two gold albums 'Rhinestone cowboy' and 'Southern Nights', both of those albums had huge number one hits to promote them, the title tracks of each album. 'Bloodline' sold well, but didn't go 'gold', probably because even though the lead single 'Don't pull your love/Then you can tell me goodbye' was a hit, it wasn't a classic like 'Rhinestone' or 'Southern nights'.

Glen was back on top (but only briefly) around the late 70's and this album is in my opinion the strongest of pack. Starting with 'Baby don't be giving up on me' which probably shoud have been a single and followed by the albums second single 'See you on Sunday'. The album has a strong set with songs like 'San Francisco is a lonely town', Jimmy Webb's 'Christian No' and 'Lay me down (and roll me out to sea)'. There is also the huge American epic 'Bloodline' and a beautiful ballard in 'The Bottom line'.

But the 4 not 5 stars are because Glen wasn't making the same albums as he was in the late 60's and early 70's. The sound on those albums was more stripped back or had a simpler sound (even with those lush strings!), the same problem happened with the Carpenters. Once recording studios got bigger in the mid 70's with more tracks, artists like Glen Campbell sounded over-produced. Anne Murray was one of the few artists not to fall into this trap and kept her albums sounding more 'intimate'. Just look at the huge list of musicians playing on 'Bloodline', Glen always used a smaller group of top-notch musicians on his albums before 1975, but big productions were all the rage back then and things only got worse in the 80's and Glen's career was about to dip again after his next album, his last top 30 album for over another 30 years!


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