Letter [Bonus Tracks]

Letter [Bonus Tracks]

by Judy Garland
     
 

Conceived by arranger Gordon Jenkins as a relationship concept album (with one side each from the man and the woman), The Letter turned into something quite different when Capitol requested it be turned into Judy Garland's next LP. Garland and her narrator co-star, past Academy Award nominee John Ireland, look back at their relationship -- trading dialogue,See more details below

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Conceived by arranger Gordon Jenkins as a relationship concept album (with one side each from the man and the woman), The Letter turned into something quite different when Capitol requested it be turned into Judy Garland's next LP. Garland and her narrator co-star, past Academy Award nominee John Ireland, look back at their relationship -- trading dialogue, singing reflective songs, and reading excerpts from "the letter," which he has written to her as one last plea before the end of their love affair. Jenkins' ambitious concept was written well and executed perfectly, and no one was better than Garland for a dramatic romantic role encompassing hope and humor. And yet, The Letter suffers, as all but the best concept albums do. Ireland is no match for Garland (fortunately his role is much smaller), and the few audio concepts on display tend toward gimmicks -- occasional sound effects, a humorous conversation between Garland and Ireland while a bluesman is singing at a Greenwich Village dive, and the Ralph Brewster Singers, who intrude very seldom but are stuck harmonizing at least one line that should never have been harmonized quite so reverently -- "It was just another saloon, with pretty good food." None of these songs were performed much afterwards, but they are very good; "The Worst Kind of Man," "That's All There Is, There Isn't Any More," and "The Red Balloon" would do well in anyone's repertoire. In all, The Letter is a fair concept album, its interruptions annoying but its overall power raised by the twin talents of Judy Garland and Gordon Jenkins. Capitol certainly pulled out all the stops in its recording and release; the original three-track stereo recording is exquisite, and upon its initial release, special copies of "the letter" were placed in envelopes and taped to the front of each record jacket.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471910223
catalogNumber:
19102
Rank:
100997

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Garland   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Matty Matlock   Woodwind
Dick Cathcart   Trumpet
Norma Zimmer   Vocals
Victor Arno   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
John Cave   French Horn
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Nick Fatool   Percussion
David Frisina   Violin
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Louis Kievman   Viola
Ray Kramer   Celli
Dan Lube   Violin
Ernie Newton   Vocals
Loulie Jean Norman   Vocals
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Lou Raderman   Violin
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Paul Robyn   Viola
Mike Rubin   Bass
Mischa Russell   Violin
Moe Schneider   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
Paul Shure   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
David Sterkin   Viola
Betty Wand   Vocals
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Bert Gassman   Oboe
Charles Griffard   Trumpet
Murray Kellner   Violin
Kurt Reher   Celli
Sally Sweetland   Vocals
Donald Williams   Vocals
Arnold Koblentz   Oboe
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Wayne E. Songer   Woodwind
Robert Stevens   Vocals
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra   Track Performer
William Baffa   Viola
Jack Chaney   Woodwind
Lee Gotch   Vocals
Kathryn Tompson   Harp
Betty Noyes   Vocals
Armand Kaproff   Celli
Bill Schaefer   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gordon Jenkins   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Hugh Fordin   Executive Producer,Artwork
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
David McEowen   Remixing
Scott Schechter   Producer,Liner Notes,Artwork,Audio Production

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