JUDY GARLAND AND FRIENDS: DUETS
SET FOR RELEASE ON SAVOY JAZZ AUGUST
Nine Unforgettable Musical Sequences Hand-Picked From The Judy Garland Show
-- Six Previously Unreleased On CD
Stellar Lineup Includes Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, Vic Damone,
Count Basie, Martha Raye, and More.
(For Immediate Release:) Legendary music label Savoy Jazz is proud
to announce the release of "Judy Garland and Friends: Duets, the second
in a series of high quality, hand-picked compact disc performances taken from
the soundtrack of the 1963 CBS-TV series, The Judy Garland Show. Compiled
by Emmy-winning producer/writer John Fricke, the stellar set features nine
unforgettable sequences (six of which are previously unavailable on CD),
showcasing the talent of such entertainers as Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne,
Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Count Basie, Vic Damone and others, largely accompanied
by the acclaimed Mort Lindsey Orchestra.
Also included in the packaging are rare black and white photographs taken
from rehearsals and tapings of the Garland series.
Duets arrives hot on the heels of Savoy's earlier collection this year,
"That Old Feeling: Classic Ballads From The Judy Garland Show" -- a collection
of twenty songs also hand-picked from the soundtracks of Garland's CBS-TV
series. The Judy Garland Show was a much-deserved star vehicle for an
artist now considered to be one of the greatest, entertainers if not the greatest
-- to hit the stage and screen. The series is much revered for its
fascinating showcasing of Garland's talent and the many, many stars that
appeared and indeed, paid homage to the legendary performer. This new
compilation provides an even greater look at Judy's joy in music and the
heightened level of enthusiasm she achieved in her teamings with both friends
and with some of the most timeless vocalists of the twentieth century.
Says John Fricke: "Savoy Jazz is genuinely dedicated to the preservation
and presentation of the best of the great popular songbook and singers, and
there could be no better exemplification of their credo than this release.
There are thirty-five different songs heard during these nine tracks, written
by the finest composers and lyricists of the mid-twentieth century. To hear
them sung 'live' and with amazing energy, musicality, and humor by this parade
of artists -- led by Judy herself -- is the very best kind of rare aural and
Complete track listing is as follows: Yes, Indeed w/Tony Bennett &
Dick Shawn; *Judy Sings Lena Sings Judy w/Lena Horne; *Porgy and
Bess Medley w/Vic Damone; *Let Me Entertain You"/"Two Lost Souls w/Liza
Minnelli; *Consider Yourself w/Lorna Luft, Joe Luft and Liza
Minnelli; You're So Right For Me w/Mickey Rooney; *Glenn Miller Medley
w/Martha Raye; I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Judy w/The Count Basie Orchestra,
*Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me w/Mel Torme and The Count Basie Orchestra,
*April In Paris w/Torme and Basie, Hooray For Love Medley w/Barbra
* Previously unreleased on compact disc.
To read more visit the Savoy Jazz Website.
For Immediate Release:
Legendary music label Savoy Jazz is proud
to announce its premier association with
perhaps the most legendary entertainer
of them all in a special musical
celebration, “That Old Feeling”:
Classic Ballads From The Judy Garland
Show. The 20 songs featured
in this June 14th compact disc release
have been hand-picked from the soundtracks
of Garland's 1963-64 CBS-TV
series, during which she sang more
than 150 solos -- many of them new
to her repertoire.
CLASSIC BALLADS FROM “THE JUDY
SAVOY JAZZ DEBUTS NEW COMPACT
DISC COLLECTION ON JUNE 14
Rather than compile again the
standard numbers she introduced
or popularized, this Savoy Jazz
collection provides instead a prime
sampler of Garland's command over the fresh
and unfamiliar. It pairs the woman Tony
Bennett has long since defined as "the
greatest singer of the twentieth century"
with music and lyrics that encompass
six decades of the great popular songbook,
from the 'teens through the 'sixties.
Whether originating in Broadway shows
or Hollywood films, whether drawn
from Tin Pan Alley or American folk
heritage, these numbers provide
a composite new view of the musical
artistry of Judy Garland.
The songs featured on "That
Old Feeling": Classic Ballads From
"The Judy Garland Show" have
been selected by Emmy Award-winning producer
and Garland biographer, John Fricke, who
also wrote the liner notes and
programmed the running order of
the material. Says Fricke, "Judy
did several concept albums during
her tenure with Capitol Records,
but that was nearly 50 years ago. This CD
gives us a chance to revisit that kind of
concept in an innovative way -- by using
songs that had never before been assembled
in a single package. It was a genuine
pleasure, because Judy's own inherent
ability to pace her repertoire gave
us such a variety of ballads from
which to choose."
As a result, the spectrum of
material and Garland performance
featured on the new compact disc is
almost unfathomable...yet totally
typical of her timelessness and versatility.
The selections range from the autobiographical
("Once In A Lifetime" and "Through
the Years") to the dramatic ("By
Myself"), philosophical ("Lost in
the Stars"), gentle ("Here's That
Rainy Day"), wistful ("I'm Always
Chasing Rainbows"), romantic ("The
Last Dance"), to quintessential torch
songs ("As Long As He Needs Me," "When
Your Lover Has Gone"). Adding to the
range of the program, Garland is accompanied
on the different numbers by musical
backgrounds that alternate full
orchestra, piano and rhythm section,
vocal chorus, or solo instrumentation.
“That Old Feeling”
is also highlighted by Judy's spoken
introductions to a couple of numbers,
photographs in the accompanying booklet,
and -- supremely -- by her duets with two
of the best balladeers in the business,
Barbra Streisand and the aforementioned
Complete track listing is as follows: “Once
in a Lifetime,” “I'm Always
Chasing Rainbows," "Too Late Now,"
“Ol’ Man River," “Shenandoah,"
"When Your Lover Has Gone," “A
Foggy Day," “As Long As He Needs
Me," “What'll I Do?,"
“All Alone," “Lost In The Stars,"
“A Cottage For Sale," “That Old Feeling,"
“By Myself," “Here's That Rainy
Day," “The Last Dance,"
“Battle Hymn of the Republic,“
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco”
(with Tony Bennett), “Medley: Get
Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again” (with
Barbra Streisand), and “Through
To read more visit the Savoy Jazz Website.
"...For anyone that hasn't yet
purchased the wonderful "That Old Feeling" CD, I must recommend it without
reservation... The production was all John Fricke, and he did his usual
superb job... "That Old Feeling" is truly a fresh experience to even
the seasoned listener. It is a perfect mix of material, just the right
running order, the sound is vibrant, full, crisp and without distortion,
hiss or imbalance. And, it's so lovingly and thoughtfully produced...
John's liner notes are informative, perceptive and packed with rich detail..."
Steve Sanders, author of Rainbow's
End: The Judy Garland Show
(excerpted, used without permission)
Lorna Luft News!
I'm so happy to announce that Colin and I just returned from London
where we finally recorded the album of Songs My Mother Taught Me! It was
an exhausting and thrilling week of sessions with a twenty piece orchestra
including almost all the talented musicians who played the show during
its run at the Savoy last summer. We're just about to begin mastering
the CD here in Los Angeles and I can't wait to share it with you when it's
released this fall. Your support and encouragement have meant more
to me than I can say; it's truly been an amazing journey getting to this
point. I'll have more news soon but until then as always, thank you!