Judy Garland – Lost Tracks 1929 – 1959 – 4 CD
This set of 103 tracks includes no less than 53 previously unreleased recordings. This is a major event.
The set commences with the 2 legendary 1935 test pressings which many people didn't believe actually existed!
The set continues with a mass of ultra rare and previously unreleased tracks. Judy Garland remains an iconic figure with a mass following.
Here they are: The long lost Decca test recordings! The first two tracks in this set are two of the three test recordings made by the then 12-year-old Judy Garland for Decca Records on March 29, 1935. Her first time in a recording studio. Luckily, her two solos survive. The third recording of "Moonglow" she made with her sisters (as "The Garland Sisters") has not. The two recordings here, with mom Ethel Gumm on the piano, are the only recordings (excepting the sister's brief appearance in the 1935 short La Fiesta De Santa Barbara) of Judy Garland's raw talent. The film shorts from 1929/1930 are the earliest recordings of Judy, but those were recorded live on the film set, not in a studio, and they feature a loud 7-year-old Judy who, while obviously photogenic and exhibiting some vocal prowess, had not fully matured as a vocalist. But within a few short years she would, and these Decca tests are the only record of her voice as audiences thrilled to it before her tutelage with Roger Edens at the MGM Studios. These are the real proof that Judy Garland was born with a one-of-a-kind, and rare, natural talent.
These tests were thought to be lost until they were found in 1960 in a garbage heap outside of Judy's recently vacated home in the Hombly Hills of Los Angeles, California. The family who found them had no idea what they had, until 2004 when an internet search by their now grown-up daughter Cynthia led her here to The Judy Room, where she found the information she was looking for and was pleasantly surprised to find out just how rare these discs are! Read the full story from the liner notes here (opens a pop-up window).
But this set isn't just two tracks, it's a 100 track compilation, 55 on CD for the first time! Included are many rare, previously unreleased radio and live performances, plus some previously released that are newly remastered for this release. A stellar set, a "must have", and to date the best overall CD compilation of Judy's rare, radio, and live performances.
The package artwork is fantastic, managing to be both vintage and contemporary at the same time. You'll love these CDs while marveling at the talent of Judy Garland.
All images on this page from the collection of Scott Brogan.
CD1: The Decca Tests (1935) and Early Radio (1935-1939):
1. Bill - 3:26 2. On the Good Ship Lollipop / The Object of My Affection / Dinah - 2:55 3. Broadway Rhythm - 5:20 4. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - 4:20 5. Smiles - 2:33 6. They Can't Take That Away from Me - 6:34 7. College Swing - 2:43 8. Cryin' for the Carolines - 3:38 9. God's Country - 3:06 10. How Deep Is the Ocean? - 3:50 11. Franz Schubert's Serenade - 3:31 12. My Old Kentucky Home - 3:05 13. Are You Having Any Fun? - 2:48 14. Dardenella - 2:58 15. Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! - 2:20 16. Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me) - 1:58 17. Sweet or Swing? - 2:02 18. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jones - 2:53 19. Sweet Sixteen - 4:17 20. Comes Love - 2:45 21. Silent Night - 2:29
CD2: Young Judy On The Radio (1940-1944):
1. Alice Blue Gown - 2:40 2. Too Romantic - 2:45 3. It's a Hap, Hap, Happy Day - 2:09 4. All the Things You Are - 3:01 5. My Wonderful One, Let's Dance - 2:18 6. I Ain't Got Nobody - 2:02 7. Drummer Boy - 1:26 8. Auld Lang Syne - 2:16 9. I Hear a Rhapsody - 2:50 10. (America) My Country 'Tis of Thee - 1:14 11. Chin Up, Cheerio, Carry On - 2:03 12. Strike Up the Band - 1:24 13. How About You? - 2:54 14. The Peanut Vendor - 2:43 15. Abe Lincoln Had Just One Country - 2:31 16. Minnie from Trinidad - 3:59 17. Over the Rainbow - 3:12 18. It's a Great Day for the Irish - 2:33 19. On the Sunny Side of the Street - 2:29 20. I'll Remember April - 1:54 21. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - 3:32 22. How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? - 1:14 23. I Never Knew - 2:13 24. This Is the Army, Mr. Jones - 1:15 25. People Will Say We're in Love - 2:27 26. The Boy Next Door - 2:27 27. Speak Low - 3:04 28. Embraceable You - 2:57 29. Can Do, Will Do (The Song of the Seabees) - 2:04
CD3: The Radio Years (1944-1953):
1. The Trolley Song - 3:06 2. Dixieland Band - 2:46 3. Something to Remember You By - 2:42 4. Long Ago (And Far Away) - 3:33 5. I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful) - 2:18 6. Love - 3:22 7. We're Off to See Herr Hitler / I've Got Sixpence / When We Go Rolling Home / Bless Them All - 1:36 8. Gotta Be This or That - 2:08 9. My Romance - 2:56 10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - 1:16 11. I've Got the Sun in the Morning - 2:07 12. Liza - 3:17 13. Connecticut - 3:15 14. I've Got You Under My Skin - 3:16 15. Blue Skies/How Deep Is the Ocean? - 2:09 16. It Only Happens When I Dance with You - 1:24 17. Pretty Baby - 0:46 18. (I'm in Love With) A Wonderful Guy - 1:53 19. Get Happy - 3:18 20. Mean to Me - 2:58 21. I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm) - 2:33 22. Easter Parade - 2:45 23. You Made Me Love You / For Me and My Gal / The Boy Next Door / The Trolley Song - 6:33 24. A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow - 3:01 25. Alexander's Ragtime Band - 2:07 26. This Is New - 1:14 27. My Ship (Has Sails That Are Made of Silk) - 2:00
CD4: On Stage(1940-1959):
1. Over the Rainbow - 3:07 2. It's a Great Day for the Irish - 2:36 3. The Trolley Song - 2:21 4. Look for the Silver Lining - 3:20 5. Look for the Silver Lining - 3:26 6. Who? - 2:48 7. The Right Romance - 1:59 8. All Through the Day - 2:00 9. At Long Last Here I Am - 1:40 10. Just One of Those Things - 4:42 11. Love Is Sweeping the Country - 2:05 12. The Man That Got Away - 3:31 13. Carolina in the Morning - 2:36 14. A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow - 2:42 15. After You've Gone - 2:21 16. Over the Rainbow - 3:20 17. Liza - 2:26 18. Swanee - 2:40 19. Me and My Shadow - 3:23 20. Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody - 3:58 21. That's the Good Old Sunny South - 2:29 22. Where the Butterflies Kiss the Buttercups Goodnight - 1:17 23. The Land of Let's Pretend - 1:09
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