CD1 + CD2 tracks 1-6 from "Judy At Carnegie Hall", April 23, 1961, a legendary night for Judy and show business. The two-record set was as big a hit as the concert and spent 95 weeks on the charts, 13 at number 1. CD2 tracks 7-10 from "Alone" (May 6th, 1957) orchestrated and conducted by Gordon Jenkins, "Alone" was Judy's first and best "conceptual" album. All of the songs reflect the album's title of being "alone". CD2 tracks 11-14 from Judy in Love (November 3rd, 1958), "Judy In Love" is the opposite in theme from her previous album, "Alone" in that it focuses on more upbeat songs about, simply, being in love. CD2 tracks 15-20 from "That's Entertainment!" (October 31st, 1960), This is the first Garland album on which most of the songs Judy had not previously recorded or performed. This was the last original album of Judy's recording career. Judy would perform most of these songs in concert during her enormously successful 1960-61 tour.
The total running time for this set is approx 133 minutes and the sound transfers are very good quality. As with the Performance label releases there is a liner note and this one gives plenty of background. The mix of recordings and the inclusion of bonus tracks from 3 other albums on the run up to the live concert make for an interesting comparison. As already noted the earliest album saw Judy with the very experienced arranger and conductor Gordon Jenkins, next up is Nelson Riddle then Jack Marshall and finally Mort Lindsey who was also the musical director of her TV shows. Each of these arranger/conductors had a style of their own and each brought out the best from Judy Garland but there can be no doubting that the peak of the Carnegie Hall concert was the best it was ever going to be. This new compilation provides a musical insight into the Capitol years and for a modest price a great selection of songs too.