- Liner Notes: Al Fichera
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: RCA 1149 (1956)
- Original Album #2: RCA 1549 (1957)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Kay Starr was one of the dominant voices in American pop music in the 1950s. Her first release on the RCA Victor label, 1955's "The One - The Only" was produced by RCA staff producer and occaisonal instrumental artist Henri Rene, and features backing by both Harold Mooney and Starr's ex-boss, Joe Venuti. "Blue Starr," from 1957, was produced by Hal Stanley and features the orchestra of Pete King. Includes three bonus tracks.
- 1.A Hundred Years From Today
- 2.Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
- 3.Glad Rag Doll
- 4.Fit As A Fiddle
- 5.My Buddy
- 6.You Can Dependon Me
- 7.I Want A Little Boy
- 8.I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again
- 9.The Prisoner's Song
- 10.Once More
- 11.Georgia On My Mind
- 12.Jump For Joy
- 13.It's A Lonesome Old Town (When You're Not Around)
- 14.You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)
- 15.The House Is Haunted (By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye)
- 16.We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)
- 17.I Really Don't Want To Know
- 18.Blue Starr
- 19.Wedding Bells
- 20.It's Funny To Everyone But Me
- 21.Little White Lies
- 22.Just Like A Butterfly (That's Caught In The Rain)
- 23.Blue And Sentimental
- 24.Turn Right
- 25.For Better Or Worse
- 26.I Couldn't Care Less
2 LPs on 1 CD: THE ONE-THE ONLY (1956)/BLUE STARR (1957).
Originally released on RCA.
Liner Note Author: Al Fichera.
Recording information: ??/??/1955-03/31/1959.
Kay Starr launched her solo career on Capitol Records in the mid-'40s and stayed with that label for a decade. Then, in 1955, she moved to RCA Victor. This discount-priced two-fer CD contains her first two long-players for her new label: The One and Only Kay Starr and Blue Starr. In those days, albums and singles were considered to be separate markets, and the songs featured on singles usually were not included on albums released around the same time. So, Starr hits like "Good and Lonesome" and "Rock and Roll Waltz" are not found here, though the compilers have added as bonus tracks Starr's first two RCA A-side singles, "Turn Right" and "For Better or Worse," and her final RCA single from 1959, "I Couldn't Care Less." The One and Only Kay Starr finds her in typical pre-rock form, using arrangements that call upon rhythm & blues and jump blues to support her emotive singing. The selections may include such standards as "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" and "My Buddy," songs associated with balladeers of the 1920s and '30s, but Starr's approach updates them to the torchy style of the mid-'50s, as she gives them the kind of melodramatic readings typical of her male counterpart, Johnnie Ray. Blue Starr is more of a concept album, the concept being songs of love gone wrong. But that doesn't keep the tempos down, nor does it prevent the singer from having a little fun here and there, her histrionics justified by the lyrics to songs like "You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)." As indicated by these two albums, Starr's basic style didn't change just because she spent five years with a different record company. (She would return to Capitol in 1959.) And that's all to the good. ~ William Ruhlmann