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The Best of Judy Garland
Title:
THE BEST OF JUDY GARLAND
Category:
Vocal
Label:
Decca/MCA
Catalog Number:
Decca DXB 172
Decca DXSB-7172
MCA2-4003
Release Date:
1963 (Decca)/1973 (MCA)
Type:
LP
Discs:
2
Length:
1hr 10min
Availability:
Out of print
The Best Of Judy Garland


ABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:

This two LP set was in release by Decca then MCA Records for quite a long time. It was the definitive "best of" album of Judy's Decca work until the compact disc era.

The cover photograph is from a 1963 session with photographer Milton Greene.

This set was released in "simulated stereo", a process that was very popular at the time (MGM Records used the process in some of their soundtrack reissues). The "simulated stereo" was created by taking mono recordings and adding some echo, and upping the bass on the left channel and upping the treble on the right channel. For me this process was always a little discerning. I had a button on my old receiver that switched the sound to mono, so I would use that button to listen to the "stereo" records.

The records in this album are set up with "Record One" being sides 1 & 4, and "Record Two" being sides 2 & 3. This was done so people with the stackable record players could stack both records together and play the tracks in order by simply flipping both records at the same time after the first sides of "Record One" and "Record Two" had played. I've listed the tracks in order of "sides" rather than "records" as that is order the tracks were intended to be played.

CLICK HERE to see the rare Australian 7" 45rpm "Extended Play" version.

All of these recordings have since been released on many CD compilations. The most notable being:
1989 MCA (Decca) "Judy Garland - The Best Of The Decca Years Volume One - Hits!" (MCAD-31345).
1992 MCA (Decca) "Judy Garland - Changing My Tune - The Best Of The Decca Years Vol Two" (MCAD-10504)
1994 MCA (Decca) boxed set "Judy Garland - The Complete Decca Masters (plus)" (MCAD4/C4-11059/D 207185).

This two record gatefold was released in the United Kingdom under the MCA "Coral" label (#CDSP-803) with the same cover art but different photos on the inside; and was released in an abridged version (#CPS107) with the same cover art and titled "Greatest Performances - Judy Garland". The songs included on the abridged version were: "You Made Me Love You"; "Over The Rainbow"; "FDR Jones"; "In-Between"; "For Me & My Gal"; "Love"; " The Trolley Song"; " Meet Me In St Louis Louis"; " Poor Little Rich Girl'; " Sweet Sixteen"; "When You Wore A Tulip"; " You'll Never Walk Alone".

In 1977, MCA released a cassette version, with the same cover art as seen above, #MCAC2-4003.

All images on this page from the collection of Scott Brogan.

Best of Insert
This is the insert that came with the 1973 repackaging of the album.
It was inserted inside with the records, as the album was not the "gatefold" type that opened up as previous releases did.
CLICK HERE to view the left side.
CLICK HERE to view the right side.



TRACK LISTING

Song Title
Performed with...
Date Recorded
Time
Master #
Side 1
(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You  
09-24-1937
3:08
DLA 967-A
Over The Rainbow  
07-28-1939
2:45
DLA 1840-A
F.D.R. Jones  
10-24-1941
2:27
DLA 2800-A
In-Between  
07-28-1939
4:02
DLA 1842-A
For Me And My Gal Gene Kelly
07-26-1942
2:28
DLA 3140-A
Love  
01-26-1945
3:22
DLA 3728-A
Side 2
I Never Knew
(I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
 
07-26-1942
2:19
DLA 3143-A
On The Sunny Side Of The Street  
04-03-1942
2:36
DLA 2970-A
The Boy Next Door   04-20-1944 3:02 L 3385-A
But Not For Me   11-02-1943 3:05 L 3250-A
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows   12-18-1940 2:57 DLA 2282-A
Our Love Affair   12-18-1940 2:54 DLA 2283-A
Side 3
A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow   12-18-1940 2:35 DLA 2284-A
That Old Black Magic   07-26-1942 2:37 DLA 3142-A
On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe The Merry Macs 07-07-1945 3:06 W 72967-A
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   04-20-1944 2:42 L 3387-A
I'm Nobody's Baby   04-10-1940 2:51 DLA 1972-A
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart   07-29-1939 2:54 DLA 1850-A
Side 4
The Trolley Song   04-21-1944 2:49 L 3388-A
Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis   04-21-1944 2:09 L 3390-A
Poor Little Rich Girl   04-03-1942 3:05 DLA 2971-A
Sweet Sixteen   07-28-1939 4:16 DLA 1843-A
When You Wore A Tulip
(And I Wore A Big Red Rose)
Gene Kelly 07-26-1942 2:34 DLA 3141-A
You'll Never Walk Alone   07-10-1945 3:17 W 72973-A



CREDITS

The only credits given are for the 1973 reissue insert notes, written by Dave Dexter, Jr.

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