Kansas City Star

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Singer and pianist Julia Lee 1902-1958 is the heroine of Bear Family's five-CD set Kansas City Star, a 109-track anthology of classic jazz, small band swing, and jump blues recordings that map this woman's professional activities over a 25-year period with a thoroughness that is unparalleled anywhere else in her entire discography. Lee made her first records for the Merritt and Brunswick labels with her big brother George E. Lee & His Novelty Singing Orchestra in 1927 and 1929. Although consistently active as a performer in the famously wide-open Kansas City music scene, she did not record again until signing on with Capitol in 1944. By this time Lee was a seasoned ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Singer and pianist Julia Lee 1902-1958 is the heroine of Bear Family's five-CD set Kansas City Star, a 109-track anthology of classic jazz, small band swing, and jump blues recordings that map this woman's professional activities over a 25-year period with a thoroughness that is unparalleled anywhere else in her entire discography. Lee made her first records for the Merritt and Brunswick labels with her big brother George E. Lee & His Novelty Singing Orchestra in 1927 and 1929. Although consistently active as a performer in the famously wide-open Kansas City music scene, she did not record again until signing on with Capitol in 1944. By this time Lee was a seasoned performer who specialized in jump blues and swingy rhythm numbers, often cheerfully peppered with hedonistic lyrics. Winners in this category include "Snatch and Grab It," "I've Got a Crush on the Fuller Brush Man," "The Spinach Song I Didn't Like It the First Time," "Sit Down and Drink It Over," "All This Beef and Big Ripe Tomatoes," and the attractively titled "Oh Chuck It In a Bucket." Her "Won't You Come Over to My House?," forged in 1929 and revamped at her first Capitol recording date in 1944, reappeared as Nellie Lutcher's hit record of 1947, "Hurry On Down." Noteworthy instrumentalists who are audible on Kansas City Star include Jay McShann, Walter Page, Baby Lovett, and xylophonist Red Norvo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/1995
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127157706
  • Catalog Number: 15770
  • Sales rank: 212,672

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down Home Syncopated Blues (2:40)
  2. 2 Meritt Stomp (3:22)
  3. 3 If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) (3:24)
  4. 4 Paseo Street (2:43)
  5. 5 Ruff Scufflin' (3:02)
  6. 6 St. James Infirmary (3:16)
  7. 7 He's Tall, Dark and Handsome (3:32)
  8. 8 Won't You Come over to My House? (2:57)
  9. 9 Come on over to My House (2:54)
  10. 10 Trouble in Mind (2:57)
  11. 11 If It's Good (2:56)
  12. 12 Show Me Missouri Blues (3:03)
  13. 13 Lotus Blossom (3:21)
  14. 14 Dream Lucky Blues (3:08)
  15. 15 Wee Baby Blues (2:04)
  16. 16 If It's Good (2:03)
  17. 17 I've Got a Crush on the Fuller Brush Man (2:23)
  18. 18 Two Loves I Have (2:22)
  19. 19 Some of These Days (2:01)
  20. 20 St. Louis Blues (3:10)
  21. 21 Shake That Thing (2:28)
  22. 22 Shake It and Break It (1:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Julia's Blues (2:39)
  2. 2 Lies (2:58)
  3. 3 Gotta Gimme What'cha Got (2:49)
  4. 4 When a Woman Loves a Man (2:45)
  5. 5 Oh Marie (2:56)
  6. 6 I'll Get Along Somehow (3:13)
  7. 7 A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid (2:54)
  8. 8 Have You Ever Been Lonely? (2:57)
  9. 9 Since I've Been with You (2:48)
  10. 10 Out in the Cold Again (3:03)
  11. 11 Young Girl's Blues (2:50)
  12. 12 On My Way Out (2:38)
  13. 13 There Goes My Heart (2:47)
  14. 14 Snatch and Grab It (2:58)
  15. 15 If You Hadn't Gone Away (2:44)
  16. 16 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (3:08)
  17. 17 The Curse of an Aching Heart (3:08)
  18. 18 Bleeding Hearted Blues (2:51)
  19. 19 Living Backstreet for You (2:52)
  20. 20 Wise Guys (You're a Wise Guy) (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mama Don't Allow It (2:57)
  2. 2 Doubtful Blues (3:07)
  3. 3 Ain'T It a Crime (3:24)
  4. 4 Knock Me a Kiss (2:50)
  5. 5 Cold-Hearted Daddy (2:37)
  6. 6 My Sin (3:24)
  7. 7 My Sin (3:21)
  8. 8 My Sin (2:52)
  9. 9 My Sin (4:04)
  10. 10 When You're Smiling (3:24)
  11. 11 I Was Wrong (3:07)
  12. 12 Pagan Love Song (3:04)
  13. 13 All I Ever Do Is Worry (3:05)
  14. 14 Take It or Leave It (3:03)
  15. 15 That's What I Like (3:04)
  16. 16 King Size Papa (2:59)
  17. 17 Blues for Someone (3:02)
  18. 18 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (2:46)
  19. 19 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me) (2:49)
  20. 20 The Spinach Song (I Didn't Like It the First Time) (3:10)
  21. 21 Tell Me, Daddy (2:52)
  22. 22 Crazy World (3:11)
  23. 23 Christmas Spirit (3:01)
  24. 24 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (2:48)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Charmaine (3:04)
  2. 2 Lotus Blossom (3:13)
  3. 3 Lotus Blossom (3:14)
  4. 4 Sit Down and Drink It Over (3:27)
  5. 5 Away from You (2:54)
  6. 6 The Glory of Love (2:53)
  7. 7 Tonight's the Night (3:04)
  8. 8 My Man Stands Out (2:16)
  9. 9 Do You Want It? (2:34)
  10. 10 It Comes in Like a Lion (2:42)
  11. 11 Don't Come Too Soon (3:00)
  12. 12 Ugly Papa (2:56)
  13. 13 Don't Save It Too Long (The Money Song) (2:29)
  14. 14 After Hours Waltz (2:38)
  15. 15 You Ain't Got It No More (2:49)
  16. 16 When Your Lover Has Gone (2:47)
  17. 17 Oh Chuck It (In a Bucket) (2:57)
  18. 18 Decent Woman Blues (2:42)
  19. 19 Dragging My Heart Around (3:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 It Won't Be Long (2:31)
  2. 2 You're Gonna Miss It (2:32)
  3. 3 Can't Get Enough of That Stuff (3:04)
  4. 4 When a Man Has Two Women (3:03)
  5. 5 Scream in the Night (2:32)
  6. 6 I Know It's Wrong (The Diet Song) (2:49)
  7. 7 Music, Maestro, Please! (3:18)
  8. 8 Pipe Dreams (2:30)
  9. 9 When Jennie Does That Lowdown Dance (2:02)
  10. 10 If I Didn't Care (2:13)
  11. 11 Lazy River (2:26)
  12. 12 All This Beef and Big Ripe Tomatoes (2:08)
  13. 13 Can't Get It off My Mind (2:06)
  14. 14 I Got News for You (2:40)
  15. 15 Goin' to Chicago Blues (2:35)
  16. 16 Last Call for Alcohol (2:36)
  17. 17 Kansas City Boogie (2:18)
  18. 18 Love in Bloom (3:24)
  19. 19 Keep Em' Barefoot and Busy (2:10)
  20. 20 Baby I'm Though (2:13)
  21. 21 Scat You Cats (3:01)
  22. 22 I Can't See How (2:43)
  23. 23 King Size Papa (2:55)
  24. 24 Bop and Rock Lullaby (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julia Lee Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Count Basie Composer
Julia Lee Composer
Jimmy Rushing Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
James Cox Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Joe Hanley Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Charles Perry Composer
Adam Skeaping Mastering
George "Fathead" Thomas Composer
Paul Vance Composer
Johnny Gomez Composer
Francis Craig Composer
Morton Downey Composer
Jimmy Rule Composer
Red Burns Composer
Eduardo DeCapua Composer
Traditional Composer
Jean Kenbrovin Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
John Kellette Composer
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