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2007 two CD set. On June 14, 2006, Rufus Wainwright took to the stage to recreate the Greatest Show of All Time in honor of the Greatest Show of All Time: Judy Garland's legendary 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall. He recreated the entire show song-for-song in the very same venue it was recorded at. Garland fanatics feared a fiasco, but the show was a triumph. His sophisticated act of homage to his hero was both a loving tribute and an arch commentary on the original, featuring classics like 'Over The Rainbow', 'Come Rain Or Come Shine' and 'Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart'. Backed by a 36-piece orchestra and arranged by Broadway's famed Stephen Oremus (Wicked, Avenue Q), Rufus's vocal talent soars over those classic melodies.

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  1. Overture: The Trolley Song/Over The Rainbow/The Main That Got Away (Live At Carnegie Hall) 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (Live At Carnegie Hall) 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Medley: Almost Like Being In Love/This Can't Be Love (Live At Carnegie Hall) 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Do It Again (Live At Carnegie Hall) 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. You Go To My Head (Live At Carnegie Hall) 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Alone Together (Live At Carnegie Hall) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Who Cares? (So Long As You Care For Me) (Live At Carnegie Hall) 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Puttin On The Ritz (Live At Carnegie Hall) 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. How Long Has This Been Going On (Live At Carnegie Hall) 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Just You, Just Me (Live At Carnegie Hall) 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. The Man That Got Away (Live At Carnegie Hall) 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. San Francisco (Live At Carnegie Hall) 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. That's Entertainment (Live At Carnegie Hall) 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Live At Carnegie Hall) 8:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Live At Carnegie Hall) 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. You're Nearer (Live At Carnegie Hall) 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. A Foggy Day (Live At Carnegie Hall) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. If Love Were All (Live At Carnegie Hall) 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (Live At Carnegie Hall) 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Stormy Weather (Live At Carnegie Hall) [feat. Martha Wainwright] 6:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Medley: You Made Me Love You/For Me And My Gal/The Trolley Song (Live At Carnegie Hall) 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Live At Carnegie Hall) 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Over The Rainbow (Live At Carnegie Hall) [feat. Kate McGarrigle] 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Swanee (Live At Carnegie Hall) 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. After You're Gone (Live At Carnegie Hall) [feat. Lorna Luft] 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Chicago (Live At Carnegie Hall) 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000XMZJX8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Why did Rufus Wainwright decide to perform his version of the classic songlist from Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall concert? At first, I thought it was a joke. How could he take on such a risky and frankly bizarre endeavor? Then, as I thought about it and heard about it and tried to understand it, I began to see. Wainwright has a two-fold purpose. First, he wanted to push his talent to a place where it had never been. Be plunging into this material, he was forced to go placed that he doesn't need to visit. This project pushed his ability to look into the truth of a song that is not a perfect fit for him. Second, I think he decided to redefine the limits of what it means to be "out." He decided to do something that is so audaciously gay, so bordering on camp with setting up a tent, that he basically became the "outest" gay man on the planet, and that in itself is a political statement. Finally (I guess there are three reasons), he wanted to pay tribute to the talent of the great Judy Garland. I think that this CD set succeeds on all of those counts. He strives for a new depth in his communication of lyric, he stands out as a gay icon, and he pays homage to Garland. Admittedly, this is not a clean and perfect album. There are retakes and vocal problems to be found. But, he goes on and tries again to push himself into the material...not an easy tast, but I feel that he chooses to do it "not because it is easy, but because it is hard."
I found the album moving on several levels, and a uniquely devouring experience.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Pyotr Rusakova on December 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD has made me so happy I may not be able to stop smiling for a good year or more. What cracks me up most of all, however, is some of the negative comments customers have written here. I am sure that Rufus is laughing his head off over "physiological inability to form an `e' vowel"! Of course, Rufus' voice is unique and I would not expect all of God's creatures to love or understand it, just as many don't get the "Judy Garland obsession" of many people. Some couldn't stand Jimi Hendrix, some didn't like Jimmy Durante. People have different tastes.

But for some of us, this Judy Garland concert by Rufus is enough to make us get down on our knees, reach to the sky, and shout to the heavens "Thank you God!" I bought the CD having some wee little doubts about whether I would like it or not, but I enjoy Rufus' music so much that I just had to try it. From the very beginning of the CD I was totally hooked. It was the most fun I have ever had listening to a music CD. I listened to it as I rode the bus to and from work, and as I walked home from the bus stop.

I was walking down R Street here in Washington DC as I listened to Martha Wainwright singing "Stormy Weather" and having never heard her before I initially thought "Oh gosh, I really wish I could hear RUFUS sing this song instead of his sister!" But it didn't take long for me to say "Wait a minute. This gal is fantastic!" Oh yes, she is amazing, with a totally unique voice, much like Rufus, which some might not like, but which I could listen to for the next 50 years. Her rendition of "Stormy Weather" is the best rendition of that song I ever heard in my life. I fell to my knees right on the sidewalk of R Street and screamed "I love you Lena Horne, but this Martha gal has made this song HER baby now!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PSBChris on December 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
While I agree that the cd of Rufus doing Judy Live does not include the encores (but the dvd does), I must say that this is still a fantastic and brilliant Rufus release. His voice is in top condition. He delivers beatiful versions of classics made famous by Judy Garland. His versions of "That's Entertainment" and "Over The Rainbow" alone make this set worth getting. I also find it interesting to hear Rufus perform songs that were not written by him, and are from a whole other genre of music... He pull is off wonderfully!! A must buy for any Rufus fan!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Pileggi on December 6, 2007
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So wonderful to hear a contemporary singer breathe some new life into the old standards. I love it when performers don't allow themselves to be bound by one genre. This recording has brought all the joy back into my heart that I felt on June 14th up in the balcony of Carnegie Hall. This was no vanity piece - it was performed with heart, soul, love, and just a little wink of the eye. The reviewer who referred to Mr. W.'s vocals as "painful" sounds like a member of the hard-line old school friends of Judy club. Listen to the music, folks. Sure, Rufus has some vocal challenges, but Judy's voice alone was not so stellar all the time either. She warbled, went off pitch sometimes, missed words, messed rhythms. But sang with emotion and meaning and grit and honestly. And Rufus did pretty much the same. I've waited for this cd since the concert ended. My only disappointment is that Rufus' rendition of Every Time We Say Goodbye was left off the cd. This was one of the most glorious and poignant moments of the concert, and frankly the song I was most looking forward to on cd. But, hey, it will likely turn up on a bootleg or maybe even an official release. As for the cd - buy it. It is a loving tribute to one of the great ones. While you're at it, buy hers as well.
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