Classic Judy Garland: The Capitol Years 1955-1965

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Judy Garland, one of the world’s best-loved singers, was at a career peak during her legendary tenure with Capitol Records during the 1950s and ‘60s. Combining her in-prime pipes with her actor's ability to squeeze the maximum drama out of a great song, Garland gave brilliant performances of all manner of classic material. In addition to signature songs from her films -- “Over the Rainbow,” “The Man Who Got Away,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” -- this collection includes a host of Grade-A American Songbook tunes, such as “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “When the Sun Comes Out,” and ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Judy Garland, one of the world’s best-loved singers, was at a career peak during her legendary tenure with Capitol Records during the 1950s and ‘60s. Combining her in-prime pipes with her actor's ability to squeeze the maximum drama out of a great song, Garland gave brilliant performances of all manner of classic material. In addition to signature songs from her films -- “Over the Rainbow,” “The Man Who Got Away,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” -- this collection includes a host of Grade-A American Songbook tunes, such as “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “When the Sun Comes Out,” and “Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe.” This is Garland the recording artist at her very best, and as her legion of fans will attest, popular singing rarely got any better.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In his book Judy Garland: The Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Legend, Scott Schechter wrote for August 1955: "Judy signed a...recording contract with Capitol Records, where she would make her finest recordings." As annotator, co-producer, and co-compiler of Classic Judy Garland: The Capitol Years 1955-1965, Schechter is able to give substance to his assertion, as he and co-producer/co-compiler Cheryl Pawelski construct a double-disc chronicle of Garland's Capitol recordings. The strictly chronological collection begins with the sessions for her first Capitol album, Miss Show Business, and concludes over nine years later with songs from her duo show with her daughter, Liza Minnelli, at the London Palladium in November 1964. In between, the compilers are careful to balance well-known staples of Garland's concerts and re-recordings of her early signature songs with rarities, including two previously unreleased songs, another previously unreleased performance, and four songs new to CD. Although Garland's tenure at Capitol was commercially successful, capped by the number one 1961 album Judy at Carnegie Hall, the label rarely released singles on her, so she did not score hits in the conventional sense. The compilers make a point of selecting at least a couple of tracks from every album project, whether it was finished and released or not, and they have dug up such rare British releases as the single "Comes Once in a Lifetime" from the musical Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off and an EP of songs from the musical Maggie May. But they don't forget Garland favorites like "Over the Rainbow" and "The Man That Got Away," although, of course, the Capitol versions are remakes. Some people still may feel that Garland made her finest recordings for Decca and MGM in the 1930s and '40s, but this album makes a strong case for her Capitol years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353928124
  • Catalog Number: 39281
  • Sales rank: 34,558

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bob Norberg Remastering
Cheryl Pawelski Producer, Compilation Coordinator
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Jeffery Fey Art Direction
Devin Franchino Producer
George Mimnaugh Art Direction
Scott Schechter Producer, Liner Notes, Compilation Coordinator
Audrey Bilger Producer
Robert Wright Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Songs of an Uncomparable Artist and Legend

    Judy Garland to this day, still remains one of the best Female Singers that there ever was... And these remastered recordings from her Capital Recordings are pure quality from Garland's selected performances from 1955 through 1965. And the audio from almost 50 years ago on some of the recordings in this album, sound so surprisingly modern in Technical Quality- it is truly amazing and a pure treat to behold!! Some of the recordings are in Stereo and some are in Mono. But even on the Recordings that aren't in Stereo, the sound is still Fantastic!!! The reason being is because Capital Records knew back then that Judy Garland had an extraodinary unique voice, and wanted to capture it in all it's glory!! So her Mono Recordings were done in True High Fidelity Sound which allowed the listener to hear the full richness and very musical high pitch sounds of her bird like voice. Other artists of Judy Garland's era had their albums done in less than True High Fidelity Sound. But with Garland they spared no Technical Expense because her voice was so exceptional in Quality. Even the bands that accompanied her in these Capital Recordings were the very best bands selected. So because of this Highest Quality in Band Accompaniment in these Judy Garland Capital Recordings, these bands still sound quite modern to the listener even by today's standards! This Album also features some of the very best rare Garland Songs that are truly top notch!!! Especially, "It's So Lovely To Be Back Again In London", "Then You've Never Been Blue","Comes Once In A Lifetime","Purple People Eater", and "I'm Old Fashioned". All of these less known Garland Songs are also Superb!!! This is a Great Album which I do own myself and play it over and over again- with pure joy and admiration for this Wonderfully Talented Artist!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the BEST of Judy!

    This album is essential for any fan of Judy. She was, and remains the most brilliant performer of all times. This album, especially after being remastered, gives the listener a Bumble-Bee-Flight of emotions. It is the CD I put in when I am sad, or flying on air. Judy's voice is at her best, and you won't be able to help yourself from getting goose bumps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Peformer Ever!!

    Judy Garland has to the most greatest,singer,actress,dancer who ever lived. She has been my inspiration to keep going when the going got rough. I've been a fan of hers,like many others of you,since I was 1 and I'm now 15. I think that for anybody who wants to hear of a true performer,then look nowhere else then Judy Garland! :o)

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