The JSP Records 4-CD deluxe boxed set “Judy Garland – Smilin’ Through – The Singles Collection 1936-1947” is available this week in the U.S. from Worlds Records (it will be available in the U.K. on September 5th).
As noted before, this is the first comprehensive anthology of Judy’s Decca catalog in almost 20 years. All of Judy’s Decca singles are here, including seven never before released on CD. ALL have been restored and remastered and they sound better than ever!
NEWS: After this set went into production, the International Bing Crosby Club came out with the revelation that there is a C take of “Mine” plus a “B” take of “Yah-Ta-Ta,” both duets with Bing Crosby. This new JSP set already includes the extra T take of “Yah-Ta-Ta” but the fact that there are two more alternate takes is wonderful news! It’s also puzzling that none of the Garland “experts” out there was aware of these alternates – until now.
These alternate tracks can be found on the Jonzo Records series The Chronological Bing Crosby. The three takes of “Yah-Ta-Ta” can are on Volume 38, and the two takes of “Mine” are on Volume 37. All Jonzo/Crosby CDs can be ordered for $20 by calling Wig Wiggins, who heads the International Bing Crosby Club, at (703) 241-5608.
Per the CD set’s compiler and annotator, Lawrence Schulman: “I have just today [August 6, 2011] discovered the existence of an additional alternate of “Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk) and one of “Mine.” Since these discoveries were made after the preparation of Judy Garland: Smilin’ Through – The Singles Collection 1936-1947, they are obviously not included in the new JSP set. As much as it is regrettable that the new release is thus not a complete Garland at Decca, I think it is best to rejoice in the discovery of two hidden tracks. I think as much as I am disappointed that I was not able to include these newly discovered tracks (at least to me), I am also happy that new discoveries continue to be made. I hope there will be many more.”
It’s pretty amazing that after all these years, previously unreleased Garland performances are still being discovered and shared with the public. Let’s hope this continues to be the case!