This beloved double LP-a #1 album and Grammy winner for 1961 Album of the Year-has reached its 40th anniversary! Her irresistible versions of Over the Rainbow; Puttin' on the Ritz; Swanee; Chicago; You Go to My Head; Alone Together; Come Rain or Come Shine , and the rest of the original release.
The late 1950s were tough on Judy Garland
, but this live recording, cut on April 23, 1961, at Carnegie Hall, would (rightfully) bring the legendary icon back into the spotlight. Live
would go on to win five Grammys, be Garland's bestselling record, and confirm that, yes, on certain levels, she still had it. Her vocals are as strong as ever on these tunes, and Garland has fun with an audience obviously enraptured by her charms. She's self-deprecating where necessary--on "You Go to My Head" she "forgets" the lyrics but pretends to improvise. Mostly she just shines, especially on tunes she made famous, such as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," and "Over the Rainbow." This is easily one of pop music's greatest live recordings and a fine testament to Garland's recorded legacy. This two-CD set has been remastered for EMI's 40th-anniversary reissue to coincide with the ABC film based on daughter Lorna Luft's memoir Me and My Shadows
(and is also available in a 24-karat-gold audiophile format
released in 2000). --Jason Verlinde