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The Ultimate Kay Starr

  • 1. It Had to Be You
    2. Lover Man
    3. Crazy
    4. Around the World
    5. On the Street Where You Live
    6. Walk on By
    7. When a Man Loves a Woman
    8. Nevertheless (I'm in Love With You)
    9. Breezin Along With the Breeze
    10. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
    11. Whispering Grass
    12. Changing Partners
    13. Am I a Toy or a Treasure
    14. Ghost Riders in the Sky
    15. Singing the Blues
    16. Comes Along a Love
    17. Get Me to the Church on Time
    18. If You Love Me (Really Love Me)
    19. Side by Side
    20. On a Slow Boat to China
    21. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
    22. I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town
    23. Rock N Roll Waltz
    24. Wheel of Fortune
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5813502

  • Credits

    Pop vocalist Kay Starr rose to prominence in the late 1940s and early 1950s. THE ULTIMATE KAY STARR is a 24-track compilation that showcases Starr's memorable voice, including "Get Me To The Church On Time," "Walk On By," and "I've Grown Accustomed To His Face."
    British import.
    The Ultimate Kay Starr, British EMI's collection of Kay Starr material from her lengthy Capitol years, presents a solid track selection, though annotation errors abound and the compilers attempt to pass off Capitol versions of her biggest hits -- "The Rock & Roll Waltz," "Wheel of Fortune" -- as the real things. Starr's Capitol recordings were generally excellent, brassy sides, angling toward the pop audience but with plenty of power and swing to attract jazz fans. Although she usually charted with inoffensive pop covers like "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Changing Partners," and "Singing the Blues," Starr sang dozens of superior songs as well: "On the Street Where You Live," "Side By Side," "On a Slow Boat to China." She also showcases her Billie Holiday influence with versions of "Lover Man" and "When a Woman Loves a Man." (The latter is accidentally listed as the Percy Sledge chestnut "When a Man Loves a Woman," and Starr's version of the Leroy Van Dyke country hit "Walk on By" is mistakenly attributed to Bacharach/David.) As for the perennials, "Wheel of Fortune" is a faithful remake (though still a remake) and "The Rock & Roll Waltz" comes complete with a chintzy synthesizer. ~ John Bush

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