Essential Judy Garland [Capitol]

The Essential Judy Garland [Capitol]

by Judy Garland
     
 

The '50s were a good time for jazz singers, and although Judy Garland was hardly a jazz singer, she matched the work of the best -- Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé -- while she recorded for Capitol, from 1955 to 1964. Working with the best arrangers in the business…  See more details below

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The '50s were a good time for jazz singers, and although Judy Garland was hardly a jazz singer, she matched the work of the best -- Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé -- while she recorded for Capitol, from 1955 to 1964. Working with the best arrangers in the business (Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, André Previn), Garland crafted many of the best performances of her career, including "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," the latter a remake of an earlier hit that lost none of its joy and fervor for being recorded when the singer was closer to 40 than 20. The highlight of Garland's Capitol career, however, had nothing to do with studio arrangers; the 1961 double-LP Judy at Carnegie Hall wasn't just a live concert but a massive seismic event on the cultural radar, a critical and commercial smash quickly banishing any whispers that Garland was washed up after a quarter-century in the spotlight. The Essential Judy Garland compiles 20 tracks from her Capitol era, and it does a peerless job of distilling what made her music great during her middle age. "The Man That Got Away" and "Over the Rainbow" appear from her Carnegie Hall concert, while the legendary Riddle sessions at the Capitol Tower are represented with five songs. There's only one oddity about The Essential Judy Garland -- no less than six selections come from Garland's London sessions of August 1960 (some of which only appeared 12 years later). While the best of these, including a stunning "You Go to My Head," are gorgeous, the rest don't deserve pride of place to classic material from her early Capitol LPs like Judy or Judy in Love. Capitol also attempts to rope in collectors by including alternate performances of two songs, "It Never Was You" and "Why Was I Born," that were previously unreleased.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094635945126
catalogNumber:
59451
Rank:
94257

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Garland   Primary Artist
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
André Previn   Conductor
Jack Marshall   Conductor
Norrie Paramor   Conductor
Mort Lindsey   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
André Previn   Arranger
Jack Marshall   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Norrie Paramor   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Mort Lindsey   Arranger
Lorna Luft   Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Bill Miller   Producer

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