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 26,
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")
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.
LISTING Tracks 1 - 9 recorded
April 25, 1962, Manhattan Center, New York City
Tracks 10 - 14 from the Capitol album "Just