This revised edition of the 1965 Judy Garland/Liza Minnelli concert recording Live at the London Palladium (taken from shows performed in November 1964) was a long time in coming, first announced by its original label, Capitol Records, for a CD appearance in 2002 and then by Collectors' Choice Music in 2009, though both releases were canceled. That was frustrating for Garland and Minnelli fans, who should be pleased that at last DRG has succeeded in putting out a version with refurbished sound and two new tracks (Garland's "Once in a Lifetime" and "Just in Time"), while moving "The Man That Got Away," originally sequenced right after the overture, back to the place it was actually performed in the show, much later. Welcome as the belated release may be, however, neither singer is heard at her best here. Garland, at 42, was entering the last phase of her difficult life, and while she rouses herself now and then, her singing can be mannered and out-of-breath, her diction sometimes slurred. If she is noticeably past her peak, however, her 18-year-old daughter is nowhere near hers. Minnelli had recently released her debut LP, Liza! Liza!, when she appeared with her mother, but, though clearly talented, was far from a mature performer, tending to get a little out of control in her excitement (and, perhaps, nervousness). Still, the best moments of the concert are the ones when the two sing together; the mother tends to calm the daughter down, while the daughter inspires the mother to more spirited takes on her old warhorses. This album is no Judy at Carnegie Hall (reportedly, Capitol held it back from release for a while in the hopes of getting Garland to redo more of her vocals in a recording studio after she did do some overdubs), but the mother-daughter chemistry is its strong suit.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
Overture: Over The Rainbow/Never Will I Marry/What Now My Love (Et Maintenant)/Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)/The Travelin' Life/Smile/The Man That Got Away
Medley: Hooray For Love/After You've Gone/By Myself/'S Wonderful/How About You?/Lover, Come Back To Me!/You And The Night And The Music/It All Depends On You
Medley: Spoken Introduction/Take Me Along/If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)/Tea ForTwo/Who?/They Can't Take That Away From Me/I Love A Piano/My Mammy