The late 1950s were tough on Judy Garland, but this live recording, cut on April 23, 1961, at Carnegie Hall, would (rightfully) bring the legendary icon back into the spotlight. Live would go on to win five Grammys, be Garland's bestselling record, and confirm that, yes, on certain levels, she still had it. Her vocals are as strong as ever on these tunes, and Garland has fun with an audience obviously enraptured by her charms. She's self-deprecating where necessary–on "You Go to My Head" she "forgets" the lyrics but pretends to improvise. Mostly she just shines, especially on tunes she made famous, such as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," and "Over the Rainbow." This is easily one of pop music's greatest live recordings and a fine testament to Garland's recorded legacy. This two-CD set has been remastered for EMI's 40th-anniversary reissue to coincide with the ABC film based on daughter Lorna Luft's memoir Me and My Shadows.
British import CD, now out-of-print, 16 tracks, digitally transferred from the original masters. Includes: For Me and My Gal/Trolley Song, Swanee, I'm Nobody's Baby, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Over the Rainbow, I Feel a Song Coming On, Rock-a-bye Your Baby, Almost Like Being in Love/This Can't Be Love, Fly Me to the Moon, That's Entertainment, Chicago, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Come Rain or Come Shine, Smile, I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Hey Look Me Over.
Omnivore Recordings is proud to reintroduce Farewell Aldebaran nearly fifty years after its first release. This is the first authorized and licensed reissue of this oft-bootlegged psych-folk classic—originally issued on Frank Zappa’s inventive Straight Records label—now remastered from the original masters. From baroque pop to guitar-driven rockers, Farewell Aldebaran employs the use of instruments as unconventional as bowed banjos and hammered dulcimers to vocal samples on a Chamberlin tape organ to an early use of the Moog synthesizer on the title track. Farewell Aldebaran still defies classification, but has more than stood the test of time. This long out of print album has now found a home, please say hello to Farewell Aldebaran!
Judy Collins found herself in the Top 40 with her adaptation of "Amazing Grace."
Except for the three new tracks, this is not an album on which Collins is discovering or introducing otherwise unfamiliar material, as she typically does; instead, she is applying her lovely voice to good songs often known in renditions by others, such as Bette Midler's "The Rose" or Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken." Thus, she comes off more as a conventional interpretive pop singer than usual.