Original “Judy at Carnegie Hall” album to be released on CD

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JSP RecordsLONDON, February 2, 2011 – JSP Records will release in early 2012 a double-CD of the original double-LP of Judy at Carnegie Hall, the best-selling and multi-Grammy award winning album of Judy Garland’s historic performance at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961. The set will be produced by John Stedman, head of JSP Records, remastered by Peter Rynston, of Tall Order Remastering, and annotated by Lawrence Schulman. Andrew Aitken will sign the artwork.

[JUDY ROOM NOTE] This will be the first time the original double album, as released in 1961, will be available on CD.  All previous editions (aside from the notoriously abridged 1986 single CD), have been extended versions notably adding Judy’s wonderful anecdotes.  Now listeners and fans who have only known the CD version (and those of us who grew up with the thrill of the double LP) will be able to experience the legendary original multi-Grammy-winning album as it thrilled the public from 1961 through 1989 (the year of the first “complete” CD release).

For details on the various Carnegie Hall releases, go to: The Judy Garland Online Discography Carnegie Hall pages.




  1. To my way of thinking this is going backwards. Dont fans want to hear the complete concert? The 1961 album for whatever reason trimmed applause, and Judy’s audience patter. Now we’ve been gifted with the complete concert, and they are going to trot out the abridged version? I dont get it, nor will I buy it. Thank you just the same. Why not have them put their efforts in getting a complete Capital Judy box set? Thats whats needed!

    1. I see your point. But to completeists like myself, this is a nice addition to one’s CD library. I don’t see it as a replacement to the previous CDs at all.

      The original double LP is what won all the Grammy’s, thrilled record buyers for 28 years, and turned people on to Garland who might not have been. The flow of that album was what helped make it special. Having the complete concert is great, but finally having the original album remastered on CD is, again, a welcome addition.

      Good luck getting Capitol interesting in a complete Garland boxed set. They have zero interest in her catalog. With the CD business in the sad shape it is today, it’s a wonder any of these CDs are being made at all. Digital downloads are the way most people go. That’s part of Capitol’s lack of interest. When things don’t sell, whether on CD or digital purchasing like iTunes (which do count towards the sales figures), it effect projects in the pipeline that then don’t get the green light.

      I always urge people to support the CD releases, whether buying the CDs or going the digital route, because that sends the message to the labels that there really is a market for vintage Garland, which would only help to get future projects off the ground.


  2. Okay, so I’m confused as to what the difference is from the 40th anniversary CD is. I have the 40th anniversary one and I thought it was the complete concert. Is it?

  3. The 40th anniversary is the extended version of the concert. This upcoming release is the original double album version. Which is, again, what won the Grammy’s and the multitude of fans. It should be on CD so people who only know the extended version will have an idea just why the original double LP became so legendary. It’s a completely different listening experience than the extended version.

    The 40th anniversary adds in Judy’s banter, which was not on the original LP. All the songs were on the original double LP, just not the chatter. So, this is (again) a nice addition and shouldn’t be looked at as a replacement, but merely bringing the album full circle on CD. The original album has never been available on CD, only the extended version.

    Hope that makes sense.

    1. It makes sense. Thank you. 🙂 I’m definitely getting it when it’s released.

  4. I loved the lp version because it is one hit after another! The ending of “Alone Together” seems more thunderous on the lp version. It’s just the excitement of the music without the talking, which is good but the songs can be palyed over and over again.
    Hearing the stories over and over may get monotonous. The music…never! it’s exciting!!!!
    You can hear what won Judy all those grammies!!!!

  5. I will probably pick this one up too. I’ll never forget the roar of the crowd at the end of the fourth side of the disc. (We know now that Capitol tinkered with the mix….but the sound was SO exciting!) Aside from her appearance in “Oz” this legendary recording is the LP for which Garland is remembered best. I do love the “complete” edition because of the banter…but the LP is so rapidly paced that it makes the listener wonder HOW she could have kept that pace and been SO brilliant.

  6. Anyone know if the studio recording of “Alone Together” from THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT will remain erroneously on this album? Does anyone know WHY a studio performance was slipped onto the album anyway? There’s nothing wrong with the live performance as heard on the 40th Anniversary edition. But I am glad that so many people have heard the phenomenal “Alone Together” all those years who may not have had any of her studio albums. I feel it’s one of the greatest recordings of her career!

    1. “Alone Together” on the original LP was, in fact, the concert version.

      When the abridged CD was released in 1986, it was left off along with “Do it Again” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”

      When the first “expanded” version was released on double CD by Capitol in 1989, they did not realize that “Alone Together” (concert version, on original LP) was from a back-up tape made from the second recorder used the night of the concert (the first recorder ran out). That’s what’s on the original LP master. So, because they were re-visiting the original recording (that first recorder) and not the LP master tapes, they didn’t know about the second recorder and thought the song was missing. The decision was made to use the studio version from the 1960 album “That’s Entertainment!” and add the applause and such.

      They added their own mystery in trying to hide the fact that it was the 1960 studio version by telling the story that Judy had to re-record the song in a special studio session for inclusion on the album because that tape ran out. That really didn’t happen. So blame Capitol for that rumor.

      Sound engineer Steve Hoffman convinced Capitol to let him re-master the concert for the complete issue released by DCC in 2000. He found that back up tape and was able to reinstate the concert version of “Alone Together.” This DCC version is still the only truly complete version, with every pause, start/stops, practically every breathe or sigh is included. The 2001 40th anniversary is slightly trimmed (of the extra empty spaces, not the songs or Judy’s banter).

      When Capitol released that 40th anniversary edition in 2001, they used Hoffman’s re-master and added their own reverb to make it sound closer to the original LP (with that echo type effect that makes it sound more like it’s in theconcert hall and not a line recording – if that makes sense).

      So that’s the story of “Alone Together.”

      To confuse things even more: For the original 1961 LP release, Capitol rearranged the song order due to the time constraints of each side of the LPs. The second act of the concert began with “That’s Entertainment!” followed by “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” then “Come Rain or Come Shine.” For that LP time constraint, Capitol moved “That’s Entertainment!” to the end of Side 2 (as if it were the end of the first act) and began Side 3 (the beginning of the second act) with “Come Rain or Come Shine” (a more exciting faux act 2 opening than “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”). This was done solely to be able to include all of Judy’s songs from the concert and not for any devious reason. Most people out there didn’t know the difference because they weren’t at the concert. This readjustment didn’t (obviously) hinder any enjoyment of Judy’s amazing performance for the 28 years that it was the only “Carnegie Hall” out there. If you believe everyone who claims to have been there that night, Carnegie Hall would have to be the size of the Astrodome! Ditto that for everyone who claims it was they who shouted “where?” to Judy during the opening of “Chicago.”

      I’m told that JSP is not going to change the album line-up and will keep “That’s Entertainment!” at the end of what was Side 2, and start act 2 with “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Keeping the LP in its original order will give listeners out there who have only know the expanded CD releases a chance to experience the original LP version (as Judy called it, “two hours of POW!”). Especially those who wouldn’t pick up the original LP because they don’t have record players nor do they collect vinyl. Nor does everyone have the ability or knowledge to take one of the complete CD releases and create their own version of the LP in iTunes or any other music editing software. This will be a nice alternative, and brings the recording back, full circle, to how it originally began.

      I’m also told that JSP will fix the speed. The original LP was a tad sped up, again due to LP time constraints. Again, most people out there didn’t realize that, either. Although now everyone claims they could always tell it was a bit sped up. I doubt that. Some people, sure, but less audio astute people wouldn’t know. And once again, none of that hinders any enjoyment of Judy’s “two hours of POW!”

      I hope that clears it up.

      1. Yes!!! Thanks so much for all the clarification and info. I’ve also always wondered if I should pay the extra money for that Gold DCC version. I didn’t purchase it before the 40th Anniversary set was released and assumed the same master was used since it had just been remastered. Thanks again for all the great info!

  7. Thanks to everyone for all the interesting clarification. I never realized all these slight differences on each release. I grew up with the record album, and I bought the DCC Gold CD set which is my favorite. But after hearing that the sound will be corrected ( I am one who never noticed it) and that it will be like the original album, I have changed my mind and will buy it. I learned a lot that I didnt previously know about that album. Thank you Scott and Lawrence.


    1. The original LP isn’t really worth a lot of money. There are so many out there. The album was never out of print, so it’s not “rare.” Even if you have an unopened original, it would probably go for about $20 on eBay.

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