THE DISC & RECORDINGS: This
is the last "new album" of Garland recordings that
Capitol would ever release. The bulk of the CD is comprised
of the previously unreleased live recordings Judy made at
the Manhattan Center in New York on April 25, 1962. The idea
was to make a follow-up to the enourmously popular "Judy
At Carnegie Hall" with a new live album entitled "Judy
Takes Broadway". Capitol invited fans and celebrities
to make up the late-night audience.
Unfortunately, Judy was suffering from laryngitis and although she soldiered
on, she could not complete the "concert". She wasn't able to get to "Seventy-Six
Trombones" and "Tonight."
Later that night, after the audience left, she completed
"Why Can't I?" and attempted "Do What You
Do", but halted it after singing just the verse. Judy
was incredibly hoarse by this point (who wouldn't be?) and
her keen musical sense told her that she couldn't go on.
Capitol decided that Judy would re-record some songs and/or
overdub exisiting tracks in the studio. This never happened,
and most of the existing recordings only saw the light of
day due to author Steve Sanders (the wonderful "Rainbow's
persuading Capitol to give them an official release. Thank
you Steve! ("Why Can't I" was subsequently released
on the 2002 compilation
Judy Garland - The Capitol Years 1955 - 1965")
Filling out the this CD are several tracks from the Capitol album
"Just For Openers",
a compilation of songs from Judy's television series.
On a side note, the unedited versions of these Manhattan Center recordings were
included in a 1970's bootleg
3-LP set that also included the 1960 Holland concert. When the Holland concert
was released on CD in 1996,
these unedited recordings were also included, even though Capitol had already
released this official CD years before.
All images on this page from the collection of Scott Brogan.
Tracks 1 - 9 recorded
April 25, 1962, Manhattan Center, New York City
Tracks 10 - 14 from the Capitol album "Just