Judy Garland – Classic Duets – 4CD

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The perfect blendship.
A consummate singer and actress, Judy Garland was also a fine musician capable of blending her voice with the finest vocalists of her era. Her duets are that perfect dose of “blendship” that makes you respect her immense talents even more. All in new state-of-the-art remastering!

Track Listing:

CD1:
Deanna Durbin: 1. Opera Vs. Jazz -   Sophie Tucker: 2. Everybody Sing – Fanny Brice: 3. Why? Because! –   Ray Bolger: 4. If I Only Had A Brain -   5. We’re Off To See The Wizard -   6. Hayride –   Betty Jaynes: 7. Opera Vs. Jazz -   8. Opera Vs. Jazz -   Mickey Rooney: 9. Good Morning   - 10. Good Morning -   11. Our Love Affair -   12. Our Love Affair -   13. Do The La Conga -   14. How About You? -   15. How About You? -   16. Hoe Down -   17. God’s Country -   18. Could You Use Me? -   19. Could You Use Me? -   20. I Wish I Were In Love Again –   Johnny Mercer: 21. Friendship -   22. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore -   23. I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City (Salt Lake City Blues) -   24. Takin’ A Chance On Love

CD2:
Doug McPhail: 1. It’s A Great Day For The Irish –   Tony Martin: 2. We Must Have Music –   Charles Winninger: 3. Laugh? I Thought I’d Split My Side   – Gene Kelly: 4. Ballin’ The Jack -   5. For Me And My Gal -   6. For Me And My Gal -   7. For Me And My Gal -   8. When You Wore A Tulip (And I Wore A Big Red Rose) -   9. All Through the Day -   10. Be A Clown -   11. (Howdy, Neighbor) Happy Harvest -   12. All For You -   13. You, Wonderful You – The King’s Men:   14. Where Do We Go from Here? -   15. Bidin’ My Time -   16. Play That Barbershop Chord – Mary Kent: 17. Every Little Movement Has A Meaning Of Its Own –   John Charles Thomas: 18. There’ll Always Be An England –   Bing Crosby: 19. People Will Say We’re In Love -   20. People Will Say We’re In Love -   21. You Tell Me Your Dream (And I’ll Tell You Mine) -   22. Something To Remember You By -   23. The Way You Look Tonight -   24. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / De Camptown Races / Beyond The Blue Horizon / The Music Stopped / My Old Kentucky Home / Alabamy Bound / Goodnight, Wherever You Are -   25. You’ve Got Me Where You Want Me -   26. Mine -   27. Connecticut -   28. Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk) -

CD3:
Bing Crosby: 1. Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie -   2. Connecticut -   3. For Me and My Gal -   4. Who? -   5. Embraceable You -   6. Confess -   7. Ma, He’s Makin’ Eyes At Me -   8. Maybe It’s Because (I Love You Too Much) -   9. Sam’s Song (The Happy Tune) -   10. Tzena, Tzena, Tzena -   11. Boise, Idaho -   12. These Lush Moments -   13. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer -   14. Just The Way You Are -   15. Hello Ma Baby / In My Merry Oldsmobile / Walkin’ My Baby Back Home / In My Merry Oldsmobile -   16. Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon -   17. You’re Just In Love -   18. How Could You Believe Me (When I Said I Loved You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life)? -   19. Limehouse Blues -   20. April in Paris -   21. Isle Of Capri -   22. When You Wore A Tulip (And I Wore A Big Red Rose) -   23. For Me And My Gal -   24. You’re Just in Love -   25. April In Paris –   The Leo Diamond Harmonica Quintet: 26. Bidin’ My Time –   Lucille Bremer: 27. Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis –   Margaret O’Brien: 28. Under The Bamboo Tree –   Dick Haymes: 29. You Made Me Love You / I Remember You/You Were Always Chasing Rainbows / Over The Rainbow / I Get A Kick Out Of You / I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl That Sued My Poor Old Dad) / I Ain’t Got Nobody / It’s A Great Day For The Irish / A Word From Autolite -   30. The Day After Forever -   31. Aren’t You Kind Of Glad We Did? -   32. For You, For Me, For Evermore

CD4:
Frank Sinatra: 1. Embraceable You -   2. Embraceable You -   3. Gotta Be This Or That -   4. My Romance –   John Hodiak: 5. My Intuition –   Kay Thompson: 6. In The Valley (Where The Evening Sun Goes Down) –   Bob Hope: 7. I’m Gonna Go For You –   The Merry Macs: 8. On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe -   9. If I Had You –   Fred Astaire: 10. A Couple of Swells -   11. I Love A Piano / Snooky Ookums / When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam’ -   12. Easter Parade -   13. It Only Happens When I Dance With You -   14. Snooky Ookums -   15. Easter Parade –   Peter Lawford: 16. A Fella With An Umbrella –   Perry Como: 17. Easter Parade –   Al Jolson: 18. Pretty Baby –   Howard Keel: 19. They Say It’s Wonderful -   20. Anything You Can Do –   Vic Damone: 21. You’re Just In Love –   The Rhythmaires: 22. Alexander’s Ragtime Band -   23. You Belong To Me –   Robert Goulet: 24. Mewsette Finale –   Murray Scheck’s Children’s Chorus: 25. One More Lamb -

Long Synopsis:
Judy Garland, always celebrated as a singer and actress, has rarely been called a musician. Her instrument, of course, was her voice. Even though she studied piano and attended a dance school in the late 1920s, she learned her art and craft not formally but on the job. Hers was the most powerful voice of the Gumm Sisters and with them she learned melody and harmony, all delivered with a sense of rhythm and timing rare for youngsters. Her signing to M-G-M in 1935 gave her the chance to work with some of the great talents on the studio’s roster. Her first mentor at M-G-M was Roger Edens, who took the young Judy under his wing and refined her singing talent. He helped make the strong-voiced Garland more sophisticated - she no longer had to be heard to the vaudeville rafters, but could sing more intimately into the microphone. In short, he tamed that powerful, natural voice. During her time at M-G-M (1935-1950), she worked with some of Hollywood’s most distinguished musicians and the same could be said for her stay (1936-1947) at Decca Records. She even married a musician, David Rose, with whom she worked while at Decca. But her musical education evolved most during her years on stage after her departure from M-G-M. These concert years (1950-1969) allowed her to project her voice as she had done in vaudeville, now with the maturity accrued from professional and personal experience. These years brought her into contact with important arrangers and conductors of the calibre of Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Mort Lindsey. They taught her that her voice needed to blend with the orchestra, like an instrument in a concerto: a soloist among musicians.
One aspect of her musical education that is rarely discussed is her frequent duetting with some of the greatest artists of her era. Often she sang melody, but more frequently she deferred to her opposite and sang harmony. The art of duet is in fact the art of three if one includes the orchestra. Like two dancers gliding over a waltz, Garland developed the uncanny ability to be one of two on these duets - that is becoming a part of the whole. This marriage of voices - ‘a perfect blendship,’ as Cole Porter wrote in his lyric to Friendship - was like two instruments in dialogue with each other with orchestral accompaniment. All is in the balance and elegance of the mix.
On these duets, Garland displays balance and elegance, and often great humour. To many couplings she lends a warmth and playfulness that goes beyond the longing heard on many of her solo sides. Her subdued power reflects a humility not previously heard. She is a ‘non-star’ when in duet, giving these sides a beguiling charm.
The jovial interaction between her and her singing partners makes listeners more sensitive to the musical exchange between singers. We can smile as we listen to these incredible duets, knowing that only a warm and giving soul could have produced such heartfelt camaraderie and joy.

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