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Creations - Songs She Introduced
Title:
CREATIONS 1929-1962
SONG SHE INTRODUCED
Category:
Vocal
Label:
JSP Records
Catalog Number:
JSP 973
Release Date:
April 1, 2013 (U.K.)
April 9, 2013 (U.S.)
Type:
CD
Discs:
4
Length:
5hrs 18mins 10secs
Availability:
Available

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ABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:


Now here is a wonderful 4CD set, the lastest from our friends at JSP Records.  The following is a reprint of my review of the set as first published in the June 2013 edition of the Garlands For Judy webzine.

JSP’s newest Judy Garland compilation, titled “Judy Garland - Creations: 1929-1962 Songs She Introduced” is a surprisingly enjoyable listening experience. I say “surprisingly” because when the set was first announced, many fans questioned “why?” The main reasoning behind the query was the fact that most of the tracks have previously been released in digital format. So, the reasoning went, why shell out money for tracks one already has? That’s a valid question, in some respects. I waited to buy the set after the release date party for this reason. Normally I would pre-order a new Garland compilation and hopefully have it in my hands on the actual release date. After I had received this new JSP set, and then listened to it, a few things came to mind.

First, have we become so spoiled in this all-access digital age that we deride a new Judy Garland set just because it “only has a few” new tracks? I’m sure many of us can remember the days of buying, even searching for, every and any Garland record regardless of what it had on it. Many, many of these records had only one or two “new” tracks, but we still bought them. Sometimes even paying a hefty price for them. Remastered from the original “source materials”??? That wasn’t even an issue. Here we get two newly (and expertly) remastered tracks that have not been available, in remastered format, before.

Second, as noted above, this set provides us expert remastering. This is key. Sure, most of us could compile a similar set in an iTunes playlist. However, the sound quality of that playlist would greatly vary from track to track. Noticeably so. That is, unless one has the time, talent, and tools to remaster everything on their own. How many out there can do this? Not many! JSP’s 2011 presentaion of Judy’s Decca catalog (“Smilin’ Through”) also presents us with a comprehensive and cohesive set that sounds perfect all the way through. In fact, the sound quality of that set is better than any previous compilation of Judy’s Decca work.

For “Creations” we get the same quality of remastering and presentation. The remastering is excellent. For me, this is one of the major factors that makes the set so much more enjoyable that I thought it would be. It’s a cohesive aural experience from beginning to end. Part of its cohesiveness must be the fact that it’s not your average Garland compilation. Some of her biggest hits are here, but because the focus is on songs she introduced, many songs ignored my most compilations are included. The variety of songs Judy introduced is pretty astounding. Listening to them in chronological order is a real treat. Without some of the “Garland standards” that she didn’t introduce (but still made her own), the listening experience is unique, and thoroughly enjoyable. The compilation WORKS. It works as a compilation, it works as an example of Judy’s versatility, it works as an example of her immense output, and it works as an effective listening experience. How many times can I say that the listening experience is great? Obviously several! Get the drift?

There are a few new-to-CD (outside of some terrible bootlegs) tracks here: “The Balboa” from Pigskin Parade and “Laugh? I Thought I’d Split My Sides” from Ziegfeld Girl. “The Balboa” is presented with Judy’s two other numbers from Pigskin Parade: “The Texas Tornado” and “It’s Love I’m After.” All three together at last, remastered to perfection. “Laugh” is a fun novelty number that includes some clever editing at the end. The editing is akin to what one would expect from MGM Records if they were in the soundtrack album business in 1940 when the song was recorded.

MGM Records versions of Judy’s soundtrack performances are presented here along with pre-recordings and outtakes. As most might know, MGM Records began producing soundtrack albums in 1947. Confined by the limited time restraints of the 78rpm albums of the day, serious editing was needed. Happily, we get a nice dose of these versions. In some instances there are bits that were NOT included in subsequent “official” releases of the expanded soundtracks or even in the films themselves. “Better Luck Next Time” from Easter Parade (1948) is a good example. The MGM Records version features an instrumental introduction and bridge not heard in the film or the Rhino soundtrack. Also from Easter Parade is the little-heard MGM Records version of “A Couple of Swells.” It’s highly truncated and doesn’t feature any of the dance break, but completists will love having it remastered. Even though it’s truncated, the sound is infinitely better than the mid-1990s Rhino CD. One instance that I wish the producers had used the film version instead of the MGM Records version of a track is “Happy Harvest” from Summer Stock (1950). Only the film version gives us Judy’s final vocals without the chorus. Both the Rhino version and this version are taken from the MGM Records version. That one puts the MGM chorus behind Judy. It would be nice to have a great sounding version from the film soundtrack. The source, aside from recording it directly from the DVD, is the long out of print Sony/CBS Special Products release of songs recorded directly from the soundtrack. And that has a very annoying echo-y sound.

Soundtrack record versions of most of Judy’s songs from A Star Is Born (1954) are also presented: “Gotta Have Me Go With You,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Someone At Last,” “Here’s What I’m Here For,” and “Lose That Long Face.” Sure, they’re the original mono LP release versions, but again completists will love them. As with the MGM Records releases, there are noticeable differences between these and their film counterparts. “It’s A New World” is the stereo film soundtrack version.

Judy’s studio work is also expertly presented. Who knew she introduced “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” to name just one? The lovely “Oceans Apart” is another highlight. As are all four of her 1953 Columbia tracks, which appear to be the late Robert Parker’s remastered versions.

The physical presentation of the set is fabulous. Each CD gets its own jewel case, Those cases are housed in a nice outer box. The format is the same as “Smilin’ Through” which makes the two sets look good together. Add in their amazing 2010 “Lost Tracks” boxed set, and you have a great trilogy. The cover art for the CD inserts and the box feature nicely stylized portraits of Judy at her most lovely.

Finally, an certainly not least, are the essays. Each disc has a separate essay from a separate author: Christopher Finch (author of the much-loved biography “Rainbow: The Stormy Life of Judy Garland); Will Friedwald (author and music critic); John Meyer (author, composer, and friend of Judy Garland); and Lawrence Schulman (author and mastermind behind this new set). Each essay is, as would be expected, excellent.

In closing, this CD set is a definite “must have.” It’s much more than it appears to be at first glance, and a welcome addition to anyone’s Judy Garland CD collection.

I give it 5 out of 5 rainbows.

© 2013 The Judy Room

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

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TRACK LISTING

Disc 1     Disc 2

* Garland's Decca Records recording of this song can be found on Judy Garland - Smilin' Through: The Singles Collection 1936-1947



Date
Recorded/Aired
TITLE
Time
CD A: It's Love I'm After  1929-1940
November 1929
BLUE BUTTERFLY
A Holiday In Storyland, soundtrack disc, Vitaphone 3824

Ray Miller and His Orchestra recorded this song on November 11, 1929. Without Garland's precise recording date, it is open to question who performed this first.
2:01
December 1929
HANG ON TO A RAINBOW
The Wedding Of Jack And Jill, soundtrack disc, Vitaphone 3826

In Showgirl In Hollywood, filmed in late 1929 and released on April 20, 1930, Alice White performed this song, but her voice was dubbed by Belle Mann. Without Garland's precise recording date, it is open to question who performed this first.
1:08
06-12-1936
STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY
78-rpm single, Decca 848 A, Master #61165-A

with Bob Crosby and his Orchestra
2:26
06-30-1936
WALTZ WITH A SWING
Every Sunday, soundtrack
2:30
August 1936
THE BALBOA
Pigskin Parade, soundtrack
2:27
August 1936
THE TEXAS TORNADO
Pigskin Parade, 12-inch 78-rpm playback disc (track 2)
1:33
August 1936
IT'S LOVE I'M AFTER
Pigskin Parade, 12-inch 78-rpm playback disc (track 1)
2:14
03-05-1937 &
06-12-1937
* EVERYBODY SING
Broadway Melody Of 1938, soundtrack

with Sophie Tucker, Bernett Parker, J.D. Jewkes
4:51
03-14-1937
YOUR BROADWAY AND MY BROADWAY
Broadway Melody Of 1938, outtake
3:38
04-16-1937
YOURS AND MINE
Broadway Melody Of 1938, soundtrack
2:26
08-26-1937
SWING MR. MENDELSSOHN
Everybody Sing, soundtrack

with the St. Brendan's Boys Choir
4:23
09-20-1937
GOT A PAIR OF NEW SHOES
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, soundtrack
2:33
10-04-1937
DOWN ON MELODY FARM
Everybody Sing, soundtrack
4:43
12-13-1937
EVER SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN/SHALL I SING A MELODY?
Everybody Sing, soundtrack
4:18
12-21-1937
WHY? BECAUSE!
Everybody Sing, recorded live on the set, soundtrack
with Fanny Brice
2:18
06-21-1938
* IT NEVER RAINS BUT WHAT IT POURS
Love Finds Andy Hardy, soundtrack
2:27
06-24-1938
* IN BETWEEN
Love Finds Andy Hardy, soundtrack
4:35
06-24-1938
MEET THE BEAT OF MY HEART
Love Finds Andy Hardy, soundtrack
2:58
07-28-1938
* TEN PINS IN THE SKY
Listen, Darling, soundtrack
3:40
09-26-1938
ON THE BUMPY ROAD TO LOVE
Listen, Darling, soundtrack
2:11
10-06-1938 &
12-22-1938
* THE JITTERBUG
The Wizard Of Oz, outtake
with Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Buddy Ebsen, Bert Lahr
3:27
10-07-1938
OVER THE RAINBOW
The Wizard Of Oz, soundtrack
2:48
05-15-1939
* GOOD MORNING
Babes In Arms, soundtrack

with Mickey Rooney
2:04
07-28-1939
SWEET SIXTEEN
78-rpm single, Decca DLA 15045 A, Master #DLA 1843-A
4:21
10-16-1939
OCEANS APART
78-rpm single, Decca 2873 A, Master #DLA 1868-A
3:08
10-16-1939
FIGARO
78-rpm single, Decca 2873 B, Master #DLA 1871-A
2:16
Disc B:   When I Look At You  1941 - 1943
04-10-1940
(CAN THIS BE) THE END OF THE RAINBOW
78-rpm single, Decca 3231 A, Master #DLA 1971-A
3:05
04-12-1940
NOBODY
Strike Up The Band, soundtrack
4:16
06-08-1940
DRUMMER BOY
Strike Up The Band, soundtrack

with Six Hits And A Miss, Mickey Rooney on drums and vibraphone
4:00
06-27-1940
DO THE LA CONGA
Strike Up The Band, soundtrack

with Mickey Rooney, Six Hits And A Miss, and the MGM Studio Chorus
5:41
08-09-1940
* IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH
Little Nellie Kelly, soundtrack
2:40
09-10-1940
* A PRETTY GIRL MILKING HER COW
Little Nellie Kelly, soundtrack
2:56
Unknown
LAUGH? I THOUGHT I'D SPLIT MY SIDE
Ziegfeld Girl, soundtrack

with Charles Winninger
1:58
12-18-1940 &
12-19-1940
OUR LOVE AFFAIR
78-rpm single, Decca 3593 A, Master #DLA 2283-A
2:58
12-22 1940
WE MUST HAVE MUSIC
We Must Have Music, soundtrack

with Tony Martin and the Six Hits And A Miss
2:20
01-14-1941 &
02-24-1941
MINNIE FROM TRINIDAD
Ziegfeld Girl, soundtrack
5:25
07-18-1941
* HOW ABOUT YOU?
Babes On Broadway, soundtrack

with Mickey Rooney
5:49
08-29-1941 &
10-28-1941
HOW DOWN
Babes On Broadway, soundtrack

Mickey Rooney, Six Hits And A Miss, The Five Music Maids, and the MGM Studio Chorus
7:59
09-10-1941
CHIN UP! CHEERIO! CARRY ON!
Babes On Broadway, soundtrack
with Saint Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers, and the MGM Studio Chorus
3:40
09-24-1941
BABES ON BROADWAY
Babes On Broadway, soundtrack

with Mickey Rooney, Ray McDonald, Virginia Weidler, Richard Quine, Annie Rooney, and the MGM Studio Chorus
0:52
05-27-1941
THREE CHEERS FOR THE YANKS
For Me And My Gal, outtake

with Six Hits And A Miss, and the MGM Studio Chorus
2:33
07-29-1942
TOM, TOM, THE PIPER'S SON
Presenting Lily Mars, soundtrack
2:44
07-28-1942
WHEN I LOOK AT YOU
Presenting Lily Mars, soundtrack
1:35
09-18-1942

PAGING MR. GREENBACK
Presenting Lily Mars, outtake
with Bob Crosby and His Orchestra

4:55
12-22-1942
THE JOINT IS REALLY JUMPIN' DOWN AT CARNEGIE HALL
Thousands Cheer, soundtrack

with Jose Iturbi at the piano
3:44
11-03-1943
* BOYS AND GIRLS LIKE YOU AND ME
Meet Me In St. Louis, outtake
2:19
12-02-1943
* THE TROLLEY SONG
Meet Me In St. Louis, soundtrack

with the MGM Studio Chorus
4:06
12-04-1943
* THE BOY NEXT DOOR
Meet Me In St. Louis, soundtrack
3:31

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Disc 3     Disc 4

* Garland's Decce Records recording of this song can be found on Judy Garland - Smilin' Through: The Singles Collection 1936-1947

Date
Recorded/Aired
TITLE
Time
Disc C:  Better Luck Next Time  1943 - 1948
12-04-1943
* HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
Meet Me In St. Louis, soundtrack
2:42
07-17-1944
A GREAT LADY HAS AN INTERVIEW (AKA THE INTERVIEW: MADAME CREMATANTE)
Ziegfeld Follies Of 1946, soundtrack
with the MGM Studio Chorus
5:04
07-31-1944
YOU'VE GOT ME WHERE YOU WANT ME
78rpm single, Decca 23410B, Master #L 3485

with Bing Crosby
2:54
01-18-1945 &
06-30-1945
* ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND THE SANTA FE
The Harvey Girls, soundtrack

with the MGM Studio Chorus
Bing Crosby and Johnny Mercer were the first to record 78-rpm singles of the song before The Harvey Girls soundtrack was recorded by Garland, who was the first to perform it on screen.
3:30
02-16-1945
* IN THE VALLEY (WHERE THE EVENING SUN GOES DOWN)
The Harvey Girls, soundtrack
2:29
02-16-1945 &
06-30-1945
MY INTUITION
The Harvey Girls, outtake

with John Hodiak
3:30
02-17-1945
* MARCH OF THE DOAGIES
The Harvey Girls, outtake
with Joe Karnes, Frank Laine, Don Ellis, Eugene Dorian, Ralph Blane, Don Williams, and the MGM Studio Chorus
2:51
02-19-1945
HAYRIDE
The Harvey Girls, outtake

with Ray Bolger and the MGM Studio Chorus
5:17
03-09-1945
CONNECTICUT
78-rpm single, Decca 23804 A, Master #L 3750

with Bing Crosby
3:13
06-30-1945
* IT'S A GREAT BIG WORLD
The Harvey Girls, soundtrack

with Virginia O'Brien and Marion Doenges
6:21
10-01-1946
DON'T TELL ME THAT STORY
78-rpm single, Decca 23746 B, Master #L 4318-A
3:00
10-01-1946
THERE IS NO BREEZE (TO COOL THE FLAME OF LOVE)
78-rpm single, Decca 23746 A, Master #L 4319-A
3:13
12-27-1946
LOVE OF MY LIFE
The Pirate, soundtrack
2:15
02-06-1947
YOU CAN DO NO WRONG
The Pirate, soundtrack
2:22
04-10-1947
VOODOO
The Pirate, outtake
6:13
07-17-1947
BE A CLOWN
The Pirate, outtake

with Gene Kelly
2:54
11-12-1947
MR. MONOTONY
Easter Parade, outtake
3:15
11-13-1947
A COUPLE OF SWELLS
78-rpm single, M-G-M Records 40, Easter Parade, 30186-A

with Fred Astaire
2:40
12-15-1947
MACK THE BLACK
The Pirate, soundtrack

with the MGM Studio Chorus
3:49
01-07-19481
IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN I DANCE WITH YOU
Easter Parade, soundtrack

with Roger Edens at the piano
1:57
01-17-1948 &
03-10-1938
A FELLA WITH AN UMBRELLA
Easter Parade, soundtrack

with Peter Lawford
2:34
01-17-1948
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
78-rpm single, M-G-M Records 40, Easter Parade, 30187-A
2:58
Disc D:   It's A New World  1948 - 1962 
11-16-1948
MERRY CHRISTMAS
In The Good Old Summertime, soundtrack
2:46
03-30-1949
LETS GO WEST AGAIN
Annie Get Your Gun, soundtrack

with male chorus
3:30
10-13-1949
IF YOU FEEL LIKE SINGING, SING
Summer Stock, soundtrack
2:26
10-13-1949 &
02-02-1950
(HOWDY, NEIGHBOR) HAPPY HARVEST
Summer Stock, soundtrack
with theMGM Studio Chorus
2:56
10-27-1949
FRIENDLY STAR
Summer Stock, soundtrack
3:10
02-02-1950
ALL FOR YOU
Summer Stock, soundtrack
with Gene Kelly and the MGM Studio Chorus
2:03
02-03-1950
YOU, WONDERFUL YOU
Summer Stock, soundtrack
with Gene Kelly
3:48
04-03-1953
SEND MY BABY BACK TO ME
78-rpm single, Columbia 40010, Master #RHC010466
2:13
04-03-1953
HEARTBROKEN
78-rpm single, Columbia 40023, Master #RHC010465

The flip side, "Go Home, Joe" recorded by Garland on April 3, 1953, was first recorded by Billy Williams circa October 1952 and released in 1954
2:43
04-03-1953
WITHOUT A MEMORY
78-rpm single, Columbia 40010, Master #RHC010466
2:50
08-21-1953
HERE'S WHAT I'M HERE FOR
LP, A Star Is Born, Columbia BL 1201
3:14
08-22-1953
GOTTA HAVE ME GO WITH YOU
LP, A Star Is Born, Columbia BL 1201

with Don McKabe and Jack Harmon
2:46
08-21-1953
THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY
LP, A Star Is Born, Columbia BL 1201
3:41
09-04-1953
IT'S A NEW WORLD
LP, A Star Is Born, Columbia BL 1201
2:29
09-04-1953
SOMEONE AT LAST
LP, A Star Is Born, Columbia BL 1201
6:47
03-01-1954
LOSE THAT LONG FACE
LP, A Star Is Born, Columbia BL 1201
4:00
03-19-1956
MAYBE I'LL COME BACK
LP, Judy, Capitol T-734
2:21
10-11-1957
IT'S LOVELY TO BE BACK IN LONDON
45-rpm single, EMI CL 14791
3:05
April 1960
THE FARAWAY PART OF TOWN
LP, Pepe, Colpix CP 507
4:52
10-13-1961
SWEET DANGER
45-rpm single, Capitol 4656, Session #8383, Master #23896
Alfred Drake introduced the song in the Broadway musical "Kean" and recorded it on November 12, 1961, but Garland was the first to record it. The flip side, "Comes Once In A Lifetime" was recorded by Garland on October 13, 1961, however it was first recorded by The McGuire Sisters on October 6, 1961.
2:20
November 1961
LITTLE DROPS OF RAIN
LP, Gay Purr-ee, Warner Bros. Records BS-1479
3:30
November 1961
TAKE MY HAND, PAREE
LP, Gay Purr-ee, Warner Bros. Records BS-1479
2:58
November 1961
PARIS IS A LONELY TOWN
LP, Gay Purr-ee, Warner Bros. Records BS-1479  
4:15
November 1961
ROSES RED, VIOLETS BLUE
LP, Gay Purr-ee, Warner Bros. Records BS-1479
2:01

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DISC CREDITS

Produced by John Stedman

Compiled, Annotated & Discography by: Lawrence Schulman

Essays by:
Christopher Finch, Will Friedwald, John Meyer, and Lawrence Schulman

Photos from the collection of Lawrence Schulman

Cover Art by:
aitkendesign@mac.com


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