Judy Garland

The One & Only

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Judy Garland made her most commercially successful recordings for Capitol Records between 1955 and 1964, and that is the period covered in this three-disc box set. (Garland earlier recorded for Decca, MGM, and Columbia, and later for ABC; this material was not available for inclusion.) At Capitol, the former star of musical films was treated as a major traditional pop singer along the lines of labelmates Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and she was assigned the same conductor/arrangers, such as Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins. The result was a series of strong albums that combined songs for which she had been known previously with other appropriate material. Selections from five of her six studio albums are included on the first disc here, dubbed, "In the Studio," along with a couple of tracks from her final film soundtrack, I Could Go on Singing (1963). Garland also achieved a reputation as a powerful concert performer, and the second disc, "At the Footlights," samples live recordings, including selections from the chart-topping Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961) and five previously unreleased tracks, along with recordings from her television series The Judy Garland Show (1963-1964). The third disc contains a 20-track session Garland recorded in England in August 1960 that previously has been released only in special, limited-distribution versions. Oddly, Garland re-recorded many tracks from her earlier Capitol albums at the session (perhaps intending a Europe-only LP chronicling her current stage show), which accounts for the label's lack of enthusiasm in exploiting the material. But she is in good voice and in some cases bests the earlier renditions. One might quibble with some of the selections here and there, but The One & Only is an intelligently programmed box set that presents the highlights of Garland's mature recording career in a well-organized manner.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:31
2 2:18
3 3:06
4 3:06
5 3:05
6 3:28
7 3:17
8 4:47
9 3:37
10 2:36
11 3:42
12 3:41
13 3:13
14 3:49
15 3:35
16 3:22
17 2:30
18 2:16
19 2:55
20 3:30
21 4:05
22 5:02

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:00
2 3:19
3 3:11
4 4:41
5 2:50
6 3:22
7 2:46
8 4:10
9 1:28
10 2:52
11 3:13
12 3:36
13 4:06
14 4:16
15 2:49
16 4:35
17 1:46
18 1:55
19 2:54
20 3:08
21 3:51
22 2:11
23 2:54

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2 6:44
3 5:04
4 3:26
5 3:43
6 3:23
7 4:09
8 1:50
9 3:10
10 4:48
11 2:19
12 4:04
13 2:57
14 5:42
15 3:41
16 4:30
17 2:31
18 4:46
19 2:19
20 3:37
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