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The Letter
Title:
THE LETTER
Category:
Vocal
Label:
DRG Records/EMI
The Broadway Collector Series
Catalog Number:
DRG-CD-19102
Release Date:
March 13, 2007
Type:
CD
Discs:
1
Length:
47:20
Availability:
Available

The
The Letter



CDABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:

The long awaited CD debut release of this album is a wonderful joy for the ear (and heart) to behold.

When originally released in 1959, and re-released through the 1980's, "The Letter" always had a distinct sound that was superior to most albums of the day. This was due to the fact that the recordings were made in 3-track stereo. Something new at the time. Now that lush sound can be heard in remastered 24-bit digital - sounding better than imagined. Gordon Jenkins' amazing orchestrations and Judy's one-of-a-kind voice blend to create a unique and totally satisfying listening experience.

The CD packaging stays as true to the original album's intent as possible. The original had an envelope pasted to the front, with a copy of "the letter" inside, and that letter is reprinted here, as are all of the original album's liner notes and artwork. The new CD booklet opens up to reveal the original album's artwork and text, from left to right. These two panels then open from the center to read the remaining original text, again from left-to-right (see below), as well as new notes about Garland and Jenkins and the production of the album, excellently written by Scott Schechter, author of "Judy Garland: The Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Legend" and "The Liza Minnelli Scrapbook".

Astute listeners might notice a few slight differences between the previously released LP versions and this one. In some of the previous versions (such as the 1980's French LP release), the "cute" dialogue during the first verse of "Charley's Blues" isn't included, and the LP ends with a slightly different and more abrupt ending to "Come Back" (Judy seems to run out of steam). For this CD release, the producers used Capitol's stereo 3-track masters, except for the last note on the word "Sun" in "Come Back", which is from the mono master.

This is as perfect a realization of "The Letter" on CD as can be imagined. A true testament to Judy's artistry, and to DRG Records' continuing excellence in producing the best possible transfers of classic recordings.

All images
on this page from the collections of Scott Brogan & Eric Hemphill.

Booklet 1
Booklet 2
Booklet 3Back of CD



Original LP

45 EP Version  Letter "Pink"  45 "Green"  Our Love Letter


TRACK LISTING

Composed and conducted by Gordon Jenkins
with John Ireland
and the Ralph Brewster Singers
and the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra

Tracks 1-15 recorded January 15, 1959
Tracks 6 -10 recorded January 16, 1959
Single versions derived from the same sessions and have a "proof reference" date


Title
Time
Beautiful Trouble
4:18
Love In The Village
4:32
Charley's Blues
(Vocal solo by Charley LaVere)
3:27
The Worst Kind Of Man
3:59
That's All there Is, There Isn't Any More
2:50
Love In Central Park
4:34
The Red Balloon
2:24
The Fight
3:34
At The Stroke Of Midnight
4:30
Come Back
4:36
Bonus Tracks (Single Versions)
Beautiful Trouble
(alternate vocal take and musical ending)
1:48
That's All There Is, There Isn't Any More
2:26
The Worst Kind of Man
(alternate musical ending)
2:19
The Red Balloon
(alternate vocal take and musical ending)
2:03



DISC CREDITS

Executive Producer: Hugh Fordin

Producer: Scott Schechter

Production Associate: Jim Kelly

Production Coordinator: Jane Minovskaya

Reissue Art Direction: Paul Grosso

Art Supplied by: Hugh Fordin, Eric Hemphill, Scott Schechter

Capitol Records A&R: Rob Christie

All tracks digitally remixed and remastered in 24-bit, directly from the original multitrack (3-track) session tapes (Tracks 11-14 are from the single masters, only made in mono sound), December 19 - 21, 2006, by David McEowen at Capitol Mastering, Hollywood.

Original Album Produced by: Voyle Gilmore and Bill Miller

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