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The Carnegie Hall Concert
Title:
LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL
Category:
Vocal
Label:
Delta Leisure Group
Catalog Number:
Performance 38352
Release Date:
February 27, 2012 (March 6, 2012)
Type:
CD
Discs:
2
Length:
2hrs; 59min
Availability:
February 2012
The Carnegie Hall Concert



ABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:

This has to be one of the worst CD releases in years.

The cover art is the first clue.  It misspells “You’re” as “Your” in the title of “When You’re Smiling.”  It features a photo not from Carnegie Hall but from the film Judy made one year later “I Could Go On Singing.”  The set splits the concert not at the intermission but after “Stormy Weather.”  The set added non-related tracks from Judy’s pre-Carnegie Hall studio albums.  As if that isn't enough, this two disc set sold for a bargain basement low price of around $15.00. 

The liner notes aren’t really notes at all, and they’re incorrect.  No authorship is provided.  Liner notes or booklets can be overlooked if the errors are minor, but these are simply wrong.

The real travesty is in the content.  The sound quality is tinny and the concert sounds a bit sped up.  Each song from the concert is split up as a separate track.  Each one fades out (usually very slowly), then a pause, then the next one fades in. Some start right off with the music only to fade out as the others do.  In other words, the concert is gone and in its place is what would seem (especially to anyone who’s never heard it before) to be a compilation of live performances.  It’s presented like a compilation or studio album.  To make matters worse, the fade-in to “Over the Rainbow” doesn’t finish until after Judy begins singing.  Her voice is low then gets louder with the fade-in.  Did that happen at the concert?  The same thing happens on a few of the other tracks such as “That’s Entertainment!” and “You’re Nearer.”  This Delta set is bad.  Just bad.

As if the above isn’t enough, the set completely omits what little chatter there was from the original LP.  The famous “Do you really want more? Aren’t you tired?”, “I know, I’ll sing ‘em all and we’ll stay all night!” and the rest of the spoken bits are gone.  The exception is Judy’s “One, two, one-two-three.  Ooh, it worked!” prior to “Who Cares?” and “I don’t know…” prior to “How Long Has This Been Going On?” both of which had to be included because they overlap the beginning of the numbers.  Inexplicably Judy’s additional “One, two, one-two-three” prior to “Just You, Just Me” is included.  After Judy’s last song, “Chicago,” the “concert” fades out.  No “Goodnight! God Bless” from Judy as on all previous releases, including the original LP.

Taking only the songs, and no talking, in order to avoid copyright issues, the label, I suspect, used the expanded 2001 version as their source.  It makes sense as it’s obvious the label and producers had no clue what was and wasn’t included in the original LP release, nor the expanded release.  They simply took each song and added the fades.  There are no production credits and no author credits, only the label information.  Talk about a “hack job.”

Bad, very bad.

OTHER RELEASES:

LP  7" EP  7" EP  Jukebox Version

45 Set  Black Box  Australian Version  UK 1966 Release

Abridged CD  1989 CD  Gold Edition  40th Anniversary Edition

The Carnegie Hall Concert

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TRACK LISTING


Song Title
Disc One - Carnegie Hall

Overture:
  The Trolley Song/Over The Rainbow/The Man That Got Away

When You're Smiling
Medley:
  It's Almost Like Being In Love/ This Can't Be Love
Do It Again
You Go To My Head
Alone Together
Who Cares? (As Long As You Care For Me)
Puttin' On The Ritz
How Long Has This Been Going On?
Just You, Just Me
The Man That Got Away
San Francisco
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
That's Entertainment
Come Rain Or Come Shine
You're Nearer
A Foggy Day
If Love Were All
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
Stormy Weather
Disc Two - Carnegie Hall continued
Medley:
  You Made Me Love You/ For Me And My Gal/ The Trolley Song
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
Over The Rainbow
Swanee
Over The Rainbow
Swanee
After You've Gone
Chicago
Bonus Tracks From:  Alone
Me And My Shadow
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Among My Souvenirs
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Bonus Tracks From:  Judy In Love
This Is It
More Than You Know
I Am Loved
I'm Confessin' That I Love You
Bonus Tracks From:  Judy - That's Entertainment!
Old Devil Moon
Down With Love
Yes
It Never Was You

I've Confessed To The Breeze



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