Update: The new title of the set is “Judy Garland – The London Studio Recordings 1957 – 1964“
Here is a preview of the cover art:
“First Hand Records” has announced the release of a new Garland CD titled “It’s Lovely to be Back in London – The Studio Recordings 1957-1964.”
Per their website:
From 1955 through 1964, Judy Garland was one of the most celebrated, acclaimed, and best-selling album artists on the EMI/Capitol roster. On several occasions during those years, she had the opportunity of recording at the Abbey Road studios. This forthcoming multiple disc set assembles her work done there between October 1957 and August 1964, including supposedly previously unreleased alternate takes. It’s the very first composite compact disc celebration of its kind and a guaranteed collector’s item for anyone who appreciates the Great Popular Songbook — and “the world’s greatest entertainer.”
To avoid confusion, the photo on their website is actually Judy at the Sahara in 1962, not in London.
A complete track listing and cover art have not been released, although it’s being reported that the set will include all of Judy’s recordings made at the Abbey Road Studios (judging from the title that’s a no-brainer), which include the Capitol “London Sessions” from August 1960, the soundtrack pre-recordings from “I Could Go On Singing,” Judy’s “Maggie May” recordings, singles, and supposedly some previously “unreleased” alternate takes and more. It will be 2 CDs.
In this era of digital downloads and record labels being reluctant to release anything “old” on CD, this is great news and will surely be a welcome addition to everyone’s CD collection.
NOTE – Per the comment below by David at First Hand Records the set will include 13 (!) previously unreleased alternate takes. Plus the tracks from “Maggie May” and “I Could Go On Singing” have “all been remixed at Abbey Road from the original 4-track session tapes.” Thank you David for the clarification!
More info and details to come. This will surely be one of the highlights of the upcoming Garland related summer releases.
For more information about Judy’s discography, check out: www.JudyGarlandDiscography.com