This 37-track, triple-LP budget compilation surveys Judy Garland's tenure at Capitol Records from the mid-1950s to the mid-'60s. Of course, the pinnacle of that period was Judy at Carnegie Hall, which topped the charts and won the 1961 Album of the Year Grammy. A dozen of that double album's tracks are excerpted on the first two sides of this set. The third, fourth, and fifth sides feature Garland's studio recordings for Capitol when she worked with conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle, among others. The final side contains more live work, probably soundtrack excerpts from the television series The Judy Garland Show. Garland's familiar repertoire is featured, including songs she performed in her movies -- "The Man That Got Away," "Over the Rainbow," "I Could Go on Singing," and a medley combining "You Made Me Love You," "For Me and My Gal," "The Boy Next Door," and "The Trolley Song" -- as well as the evergreens she borrowed from Al Jolson -- "Swanee," "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody," "After You've Gone," "April Showers" -- and various pop songs. Garland often sang specially written lyrics that personalize the songs, and the arrangements here update material from decades earlier to a '50s/'60s feel. "Digitally remastered from the original analog recordings," the sound is good, and though the three LPs are crowded together in a single sleeve with scant annotation, this is good value for money. Capitol's three-CD set The One & Only superseded this album in 1991, but at a higher price.
The Legendary Judy Garland: I Could Go On Singing! Review
by William Ruhlmann