Judy Garland's First Studio Recordings Released By JSP Records 8/2

JSP RECORDS is proud to announce that Judy Garland's first studio recordings from 1935 will be released in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2010 in the 4CD box set, Judy Garland - Lost Tracks. Produced by John Stedman, and compiled and annotated by Lawrence Schulman, the entirely remastered collection of rare and never-released tracks from private collections includes one hundred performances by Judy Garland on radio, stage and in film between 1929 and 1959. Fifty-five have never before been released.

Making their world première début and never heard in seventy-five years are the then 12-year-old Judy Garland's very first studio sides. The long-lost 1935 Decca tests were made on March 29, 1935 in Los Angeles, with Garland's mother, Ethel Gumm, at the piano. "Moonglow," "Bill," and a medley of "On the Good Ship Lollipop/The Object of My Affection/Dinah" were all, however, rejected at the time by Decca, which kept no copy of them in their vaults, and gave them back to the Gumms. The records' whereabouts were unknown until 1960. At that time, "Bill" and the medley were found by Dorothy Kapano on the street in a trash heap in front of Garland's recently sold and vacated house, then in renovation. On these recordings, Judy Garland, already in vaudeville a good decade before they were made, shows far more polish than her tender age belies. Judy's mask of sophistication conceals her raw talent well before Hollywood made her a star.

Judy Garland - Lost Tracks heralds the first time Judy Garland's radio performances from 1935 to 1953 have ever been brought together in one comprehensive set. CD A, entitled The Decca Tests & Early Radio, opens with the two Deccas, but the rest is devoted to early radio dates between 1935 and 1939. Included among the twenty-one tracks are not only Judy's very first radio appearances on The Shell Chateau Hour, with for the first time Wallace Beery's full introductions, but also numerous new finds from The Pepsodent Show with Bob Hope, including a recently unearthed acetate of "Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)." CD B, Young Judy on the Radio, comprising twenty-nine tracks recorded between 1940 and 1944, contains more new-to-CD discoveries, such as a newly surfaced 1941 "Strike Up the Band," as well as many fresh transfers based on transcription discs. The CD also includes duets with Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. CD C, The Radio Years, made up of twenty-seven tracks, covers broadcasts Judy participated in between 1944 and 1953, and includes a newly turned up 1948 broadcast in honor of Irving Berlin, in which Judy solos on a medley of "Blue Skies/How Deep is the Ocean?" and duets with Fred Astaire on "It Only Happens When I Dance with You." Also included is Judy's moving 1953 farewell to radio, it too never issued, on which she vocalizes on Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill's "This is New" and "My Ship (Has Sails That Are Made of Silk)." CD D, On Stage & The Gumm Sisters, composed of twenty-three tracks, traces Garland performances on stage from 1940 until 1959, many released here for the first time. Among the new-to-CD items are a 1946 "All Through the Day" in which Judy duets with Gene Kelly, along with rare performances at the London Palladium in 1951 and Long Beach in 1955. The disc concludes by turning time back to 1929 and vaudeville, when Judy, as one of The Gumm Sisters, shot several short-subjects in the period when silent films were transitioning to talkies. The three songs included here are the earliest surviving tracks of them performing together. These examples of sound recording for film are a reminder of the span of Judy Garland's illustrious career.

The credits on the new set are as stellar as the star it spotlights. John Stedman, who founded JSP Records in 1978 and produced Judy Garland - Lost Tracks, is renowned for his label's extensive catalogue and stunning audio restorations. Lawrence Schulman, who compiled, annotated and supplied recording details on all the tracks, previously produced and provided notes for Judy Garland: Child of Hollywood (1993) (RPCD/Nimbus), Judy Garland à l'Olympia, 1960 (1994) (Europe 1/RTE/Laserlight), and Judy Garland: Classiques et Inédits 1929-1956 (2008) (Frémeaux & Associés). Scott Brogan, who co-authored the notes on the Decca tests, is the founder and webmaster of The Judy Room (thejudyroom.com). Kim Lundgreen, Eric Hemphill, Jerry Waters, Fred Mc Fadden, and Lawrence Schulman contributed sound recordings, and Christian Matzanke photos, from their private collections. Peter Rynston of Tall Order Studios and audio engineer Gary Galo remastered all the tracks. Last but not least, Andrew Aitken designed the disc brochures and box covers.

Product Details

Audio CD
Street Date (U.K.): August 2, 2010
Number of Discs: 4CD Set
Label: JSP Records
Catalog #: JSP965
Total Time: 04:32:31
MSRP: £20 or $30

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