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* live recording *

Recorded: April 23, 1961

Released: July 10, 1961


Genre: traditional pop


Quotable: “one of pop music’s greatest live recordings” – Jason Verlinde, Amazon.com


Album Tracks, Disc 1:

  1. Overture
    a. The Trolley Song
    b. Over the Rainbow
    c. The Man That Got Away
  2. When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
  3. Medley: Almost Like Being in Love/ This Can’t Be Love
  4. Do It Again
  5. You Go to My Head
  6. Alone Together
  7. Who Cares? So Long As You Care for Me
  8. Puttin’ on the Ritz
  9. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  10. Just You, Just Me
  11. The Man That Got Away
  12. San Francisco
  13. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Album Tracks, Disc 2:

  1. That’s Entertainment
  2. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  3. Come Rain or Shine
  4. Your Nearer
  5. A Foggy Day
  6. If Love Were All
  7. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
  8. Stormy Weather
  9. You Made Me Love You/ For Me and My Gal/ The Trolley Song
  10. Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody
  11. Over the Rainbow
  12. Swanee
  13. After You’ve Gone
  14. Chicago


Rating: 4.566 (average of 9 ratings)


Sales:

sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 13
peak on U.K. album chart 13


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Over the Rainbow (9/9/39) #5 US
  • For Me and My Gal (1/24/42) #3 US
  • Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (7/17/43) #22 US
  • The Trolley Song (11/18/44) #4 US
  • The Man That Got Away (8/21/54) #22 US, #18 UK
* Chart information is for the original studio releases.


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page. Grammy Hall of Fame. Click to go to Grammy.com HOF page. In the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Click to go to Website.


Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland
Review:
“Judy Garland’s singing and acting career spanned vaudeville to movies, radio, and television. She was revered for her musical strengths and personal vulnerabilities” (NRR). “The late ‘50s were tough on Judy Garland, but this live recording…would (rightfully) bring the legendary icon back into the spotlight” (Verlinde) as she “exemplifies her ability to form an intimate relationship with the audience” (NRR). “With relentless verve, Garland takes on her entire musical catalogue with astonishing aplomb. There is little sign of the decades of self-abuse which had left her frail by the early ‘60s” (Planer). “This is easily one of pop music’s greatest live recordings and a fine testament to Garland’s recorded legacy” (Verlinde).

The album “would go on to win five Grammys, be Garland’s bestselling record, and confirm that, yes, on certain levels, she still had it. Her vocals are as strong as ever on these tunes, and Garland has fun with an audience obviously enraptured by her charms. She’s self-deprecating where necessary – on You Go to My Head she forgets the lyrics but keeps improvising. But mostly she just shines, especially on tunes she made famous, such as Come Rain or Come Shine, Stormy Weather, and Over the Rainbow” (Verlinde). The latter is “a moving performance of [her famous song originally] from The Wizard of Oz” (NRR).

The “40th anniversary edition…is a completely fresh experience even for those intimately familiar with previous versions. By accessing tapes which have not been used on any other release…many sonic foibles which plagued the original have now been repaired. The overwhelming success of this album…makes it a prime candidate for a sonic overhaul. By reclaiming tapes that were once considered MIA, the sound is now notably more balanced. In addition, much of the fake applause has been thoughtfully removed, unveiling previously masked dramatic pacing and audience interplay between songs” (Planer).

“But the highlight of the entire package is the return of Alone Together from the actual Carnegie Hall performance. The song had been replaced by a studio version on the 1989 CD reissue due to missing master tapes. Since then, those tapes have been put back into commission and provide the jaw-dropping sound on this delightful set” (Planer).


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Last updated November 20, 2008.