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An anti-depressant experience of huge proportions.,
This review is from: Judy At Carnegie Hall (Audio CD)
Bear with me as I get flowery and overdramatic about this album. When I bought it on vinyl back in the eighteenth century it seemed a terrifying amount of money to spend on a bit of plastic but it was worth every penny and still is now it's on CD at last. It's probably the most uplifting recording I have, hideously tasteless in parts and seeping copius amounts of over-the-top emotion guaranteed to make most reserved Brits cringe but at the same time quite wondrous and life affirming. It's an album of monumental mood swings, "Chicago" knocks you over energy and va-voom, "How Long Has This Been Going On" has you sobbing melodramatically into your coffee and then suddenly "If Love Were All", breaking your heart; the most exquisite ballad sung with uncharacteristic Garland understatement that gives it huge emotional impact. Her voice is by turns wobbly and strident but manages to heave and twang your heartstrings so disconcertingly that you have to do a little displacement coughing to hide it...
It still makes me laugh out with happiness and the ironing goes by in a flash whilst in the company of such effervescence. Those afternoons I would put it on when my parents were out and sing along Very Loudly are amongst my fondest memories of adolescence - Judy and me against the world and determined to sing it into submission. Fabulous stuff.