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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time!,
This review is from: Live At The Grove (Audio CD)Thank goodness that finally this album has made it to cd.
I love this concert as it was the very first garland album i purchased many years ago.
Garland is not at her best vocally but with her excellent voice and stage performance it really doesn't matter. Her live show recorded many years ago still translates into a great concert. This album has loads to offer. I love purple People Eater and When The Sun Comes Out.
What a talent.... the best voice and performer in the history of show biz.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow And Legend,
The vast collection of songs include up-beat, jazzy numbers (Maybe I'll Come Back, Puttin' On the Ritz), gentle romantic ballads (That's all, Do It Again) as well as Judy's biggest hits (Over The Rainbow, Come Rain or Come Shine) and many others.
Garland's rich, timber voice with her almost overdone vibrato makes all her material a pleasure to listen to.
The booklet included contains extensive sleeve notes with rare photos from Miss Garland's personal library.
The best collection out to date of her Capitol years!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money,
Judy's emotional singing, with its wide vibrato, suits many of the tracks splendidly and there are some hair-raising, almost suicidally sad recordings that probably no one but Judy could have put across in the same manner ("A Happy New Year" being a point in case). Another splendid recording (but rather more joyful) is "It's So Lovely to Be Back in London". The absolute sincerity with which La Garland sings the phrase "and should the Queen ride by me, I'd holler out "cor blimey"" is sure to bring a lump to your throat.
Stand outs are the Nelson Riddle collaborations (with many of his delightful trademarks such as the bass-trombone belches, the frenzied Latin percussion and the Ellington-voiced saxes), and the tracks with Gordon Jenkins, although some of his arrangements are overbearingly grandiose and do not always come off as well as we have come to expect from his Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole and Harry Nilsson collaborations.
The booklet gives some useful background info on Judy. A pity that the backing orchestras of the singles and live recordings are left unmentioned as are the recording dates, but let that not detract from the artistry, sincerity and emotion that Garland brings to most of these recordings.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive overview of a great soul singer,
This review is from: The Very Best of Garland Green (Audio CD)Garland Green is one of those soul singers who never quite made it to wider public acclaim on a sustained basis but was still a fine soul singer with many quality songs.
He had a clean, appealing vocal style broadly similar with early Marvin Gaye but lacked the career management and label support to break through. This career overview from Kent covers his music from the mid 1960s through to the late 1970s. So his sound moves from slick Chicago styled soul through the late sixties crossover sound merging soul, funk, rock and country through to the sophisticated philly influenced disco soul of the mid to late 1970s. The album isn't presented chronologically so we get a mix of all these styles which makes for a varied and impressive listen.
Many fans will buy the set for his Northern Soul plays such as 'It Rained 40 Days and Nights' (also recorded by Little Joe Cook) and 'Girl I Love You' which are uptempo, orchestrated dance soul of the finest quality. However the mid-to-late 1970s songs though less known by most are a great example of how the soul could infuse the shallow dance music of that era.
Completists will find his other 1970s soul hits on the 'Soul of Spring' and 'The Spring Story' collections by Kent which include his novelty disco pop hit 'Bumpin' and Stompin''.
As always Kent have gone back to the master tapes and offer a lush, rich sound with an excellent career overview in the sleevenotes.
This set draws from six different labels to offer us a proper appreciation of a fine artist for the first time. It must have taken many months to put together but the listener gains from one of the best soul CDs in recent years. A must for all soul fans.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Garland Release to Date with Stunning Audio,
5.0 out of 5 stars definetley the best of judy,
This review is from: The Very Best Of Judy Garland (Audio CD)i love this cd because it is the very best of judy garland the backing is superb on all the tracks the capitol recordings werw her best between 1955 1964 a must for all garland fans ive never stopped playing it xxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Judy concert.,
This review is from: Live At The Grove (Audio CD)This is an excellent recording of the first Judy Garland concert ever recorded. Although I'm not sure if this would be considered 'a concert' because it was performed on a night club, but the Coconut Grive no doubt. This was a few years before Judy;s great Carnegie Hall concert-before 'the greatest comeback in 'show business history. Not that Judy was ever really away anyway. I seen Judy do this performance here in Chicago at our orchestra Hall and she bought the house down. But of course this concert was longer. And of course I loved the "Purple People Eater" number which she performed on the Grove concert too. A dated number, but it was 'in' in 1958. Any collector should have this CD in their collection. "Ziggy"
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