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The Letter [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471910223
  • Catalog Number: 19102
  • Sales rank: 103,197

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, Remastering
Scott Schechter Producer, Liner Notes, Artwork, Audio Production
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