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The Best of Judy Garland
Title:
THE BEST OF JUDY GARLAND
Category:
Vocal
Label:
Decca/MCA
Catalog Number:
Decca DXB 172
Decca DXSB-7172
MCA2-4003
Release Date:
1963 (Decca)/1973 (MCA)
Type:
LP
Discs:
2
Length:
1hr 10min
Availability:
Out of print
The Best Of Judy Garland


The is the Best of Judy Garland - There's None Better!

ABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:

This two LP set was in release by Decca then MCA Records for quite a long time. It was the definitive "best of" album of Judy's Decca work until the compact disc era. Of note is that Decca mistakenly used the previously unreleased "B" take of "Dear Mr. Gable" and mistakenly listed it as the "A" take. This error would not be rectified until the 1990's.

This set was released in "simulated stereo", a process that was very popular at the time (MGM Records used the process in some of their soundtrack reissues). The "simulated stereo" was created by taking mono recordings and adding some echo, and upping the bass on the left channel and upping the treble on the right channel. For me this process was always a little discerning. I had a button on my old receiver that switched the sound to mono, so I would use that button to listen to the "stereo" records.

The records in this album are set up with "Record One" being sides 1 & 4, and "Record Two" being sides 2 & 3. This was done so people with the stackable record players could stack both records together and play the tracks in order by simply flipping both records at the same time after the first sides of "Record One" and "Record Two" had played. I've listed the tracks in order of "sides" rather than "records" as that is order the tracks were intended to be played.

The cover photograph is from a 1963 session with photographer Milton Greene.

CLICK HERE to see the rare Australian 7" 45rpm "Extended Play" version.

This two record gatefold was released in the United Kingdom under the MCA "Coral" label (#CDSP-803) with the same cover art but different photos on the inside; and was released in an abridged version (#CPS107) with the same cover art and titled "Greatest Performances - Judy Garland". The songs included on the abridged version were: "You Made Me Love You"; "Over The Rainbow"; "FDR Jones"; "In-Between"; "For Me & My Gal"; "Love"; " The Trolley Song"; " Meet Me In St Louis Louis"; " Poor Little Rich Girl'; " Sweet Sixteen"; "When You Wore A Tulip"; " You'll Never Walk Alone".

In 1977, MCA released a cassette version, with the same cover art as the 1973 album reissue, #MCAC2-4003.

The only known CD release of this album is the 1989 Japanese release.

All images on this page from the collection of Scott Brogan.

Inside the original gatefold:
The Best Of Judy GarlandThe Best Of Judy Garland
1973 Reissue:
The Best Of Judy Garland
Best of Insert
This is the insert that came with the 1973 repackaging of the album, inserted inside the sleeve with
the records, as the album was not in the "gatefold" format of the original edition.

Left Side Right Side


TRACK LISTING

Song Title
Performed with...
Date Recorded
Time
Side 1
(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You  
09-24-1937
3:08
Over The Rainbow  
07-28-1939
2:45
F.D.R. Jones  
10-24-1941
2:27
In-Between  
07-28-1939
4:02
For Me And My Gal Gene Kelly
07-26-1942
2:28
Love  
01-26-1945
3:22
Side 2
I Never Knew
(I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
 
07-26-1942
2:19
On The Sunny Side Of The Street  
04-03-1942
2:36
The Boy Next Door   04-20-1944 3:02
But Not For Me   11-02-1943 3:05
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows   12-18-1940 2:57
Our Love Affair   12-18-1940 2:54
Side 3
A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow   12-18-1940 2:35
That Old Black Magic   07-26-1942 2:37
On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe The Merry Macs 07-07-1945 3:06
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   04-20-1944 2:42
I'm Nobody's Baby   04-10-1940 2:51
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart   07-29-1939 2:54
Side 4
The Trolley Song   04-21-1944 2:49
Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis   04-21-1944 2:09
Poor Little Rich Girl   04-03-1942 3:05
Sweet Sixteen   07-28-1939 4:16
When You Wore A Tulip (And I Wore A Big Red Rose) Gene Kelly 07-26-1942 2:34
You'll Never Walk Alone  
07-10-1945
3:17



CREDITS

Original release liner notes by: Joel Coen

1973 re-release liner notes by:
Dave Dexter, Jr.

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