Now available! “Judy Garland – Lost Tracks 2 – 1936-1967”

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The long-awaited sequel to 2010’s groundbreaking 4-CD set “Judy Garland Lost Tracks: 1929-1959,” JSP Records’ Judy Garland Lost Tracks 2 – 1936-1967 features a whopping 40 new-to-CD tracks.  In the years between the two releases many new, previously unreleased and/or thought-lost Garland recordings have been discovered.  Also during that time, audio restoration software has advanced to the point that, as in the capable hands of audio engineer John H. Haley, “old” recordings can now sound better than ever thought possible.

Produced, as was the first edition, by John Stedman, and compiled by Lawrence Schulman, this set features many previously unreleased and new-to-CD radio performances that just a little over a year ago were thought lost.  Thanks to the generosity of John Newton (his collection is the source of most of the radio tracks) we’re able to enjoy these performances.  And amazing they are!  Rounding out the collection are several live performances, outtakes, alternate takes, and rehearsals. They all make for a great listening experience.

There is something here for everyone.   Fans of Judy’s early years will enjoy the many rare radio recordings.  Fans of Judy’s films will enjoy the outtakes, alternates, and extended takes of some of her most popular movie songs.  Fans of Judy’s later years will enjoy the concert, studio, and television performances most of which are also making their CD debuts on this set.

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Every track here is a treasure (I’m biased, of course, because I think all of Garland’s recordings are treasures), but here are details on some of the highlights:

The transcription disc labels above are from The John Newton Collection.  Thanks, John!

Hold That Bulldog & Pennies From Heaven
Judy barks!  Both performances are from Judy’s appearance on Jack Oakie’s College radio show on January 5, 1937.  Judy prerecorded “Hold That Bulldog” for 20th Century-Fox in the summer of 1936 for her feature film debut in Pigskin Parade (1936).  The number was cut and the footage (if it was filmed) and prerecording are lost.  This radio performance is the only extant recording of Garland singing this novelty song and gives us an idea of how it might have been performed in the film.  At 14 years old, she handles it like a seasoned professional while putting her unique mark on it.  As if that wasn’t enough, Judy encored with a flawless rendition of “Pennies From Heaven” in which she’s given some special material (probably provided by her mentor Roger Edens) that showcases her range of styles including a fun jazzy ending.

The transcription disc labels above are from The John Newton Collection.  Thanks, John!

Johnny One Note & Always
Judy’s April 20, 1937, performance of “Johnny One Note” just might be the first nationwide public radio performance of the new, soon-to-be-standard, song by Rodgers and Hart.  The song premiered on Broadway on April 14, 1937, in “Babes In Arms” which was just six days prior to this Garland performance on “Jack Oakie’s College” radio show.  Cut from (and never recorded for) the 1939 film version of the show starring Judy and Mickey Rooney, she later performed the song as her encore in 1948’s Words and Music.  For decades fans wondered what the “Young Judy” version would sound like.  Now we know: fantastic!

As an encore, Judy again put her mark on what even then an Irving Berlin chestnut of a standard, “Always.”   This is the only known recording of Judy singing the lovely song which Berlin wrote for his wife.  The love Berlin had for his wife permeate the lyrics and come through via Judy’s emotional rendition.

(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You
This classic Garland performance, recorded on May 7, 1937, for Broadway Melody of 1938, is a welcome addition to any CD set.   The version presented here is Take 3 of the song which is a partial alternate without Judy’s spoken recitative (“Aw, gee Mr. Gable”) which was recorded live on the set when the song was filmed.  The music that provides the background to that spoken bit is lovely.

The transcription disc labels above are from The John Newton Collection.  Thanks, John!

A Shine On Your Shoes
On May 25, 1937, Judy put her unique vocal stamp on this wonderful song predating Fred Astaire’s famous performance of it in the 1953 MGM musical The Bandwagon.  This version is decidedly more “jazzy” and brilliantly shows off Judy’s vocal abilities.  It’s hard to believe she was only 14-years-old!

Where Are You?
Here is a previously thought lost radio performance from Judy’s appearance on Jack Oakie’s College radio show on June 1, 1937.  This is another one of Judy’s “recitative songs” in which she delivers a short monologue in the middle of the song, most likely written by her mentor, Roger Edens.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Here is the complete version of this song from the soundtrack of Everybody Sing. In the film, the song is trimmed.  The song was previously thought to have been prerecorded on October 24, 1937, but according to the surviving MGM “Daily Music Report,” it was prerecorded on November 8, 1937.  The liner notes for this set were printed before this new information was discovered.

Blue Skies
Here is another rarity, and another previously thought lost performance, this time from Judy’s weekly appearances on “The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope,” on January 16, 1940.  It is a delight and the only known recording of Judy singing this Irving Berlin standard.  Once again, Judy makes the song her own.  Listeners will note that the intro chorus is almost identical (save a few words at the end) to the chorus for “Pennies From Heaven” performed by Judy in 1937 and also included on this set (see the track listing below).  This intro is another Roger Edens creation written solely for Judy.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
This alternate prerecording for Meet Me In St. Louis was recorded on December 4, 1943, and makes its CD debut here.  I have always preferred this version to the one used in the film, even though both are quite lovely.   The differences in the two versions are subtle and an example of how seemingly minor subtleties can make for a different listening experience.

Someone At Last
The soundtrack album to Judy’s film masterpiece A Star Is Born (1954) has never been out of print.  Included on that album is her now-famous tour de force “Someone At Last.”  In fact, the working title of the number was “tour de force.”  The version on this set is the CD debut of an alternate take without the dialog, effects, and studio chorus plus a great ending not heard in the final film or the soundtrack album.  Also, there’s no “Wilhelm Scream” effect.  Talk about a unique listening experience.  Judy’s vocals are front and center, and her full throttle ending is hair-raising.  Its deletion from the final film is a puzzle.

Over The Rainbow
It’s hard to believe, but Garland’s famous 1955 television rendition of “Over the Rainbow” from the Ford Star Jubilee special has never been restored and remastered for CD.

Come Rain Or Come Shine
Judy returned to television in 1956 for CBS-TV’s “General Electric Theater.”  While some of the performances in the special were prerecorded, Judy sang “Come Rain Or Come Shine” live.  The song was fairly new to her repertoire and it became another Garland standard.

Down With Love
Judy’s recordings for Capitol Records are some of her finest, so any new discovery from these sessions is a rare treat.  Judy’s talent was so great that even her alternates are worth releasing.  Presented here for the first time from the collection of Raphael Geroni is an alternate take of “Down With Love” recorded in 1960 for the classic “That’s Entertainment!” album.  For many fans, this is the greatest of all her Capitol albums and with good reason.  It’s as perfect as anyone can get on an LP of standards.  It also brings to mind the fact that it must have been tough to decide which takes of songs ended up on the final releases of albums.

What Now My Love
At this time in her career, Judy alternated between the concert stage, television, and a few films.  More new-to-CD performances from this era are presented, finally remastered after years of floating around collector’s circles.  A standout is this previously unreleased rehearsal recording of “What Now My Love?” for Judy’s concert with daughter Liza Minnelli at the London Palladium in 1964.  Judy was suffering from vocal issues but that didn’t stop her from giving a great performance, even in rehearsal.  For comparison, this is followed by her triumphant rendition of the same song in 1966 on NBC-TV’s “Kraft Music Hall” with full orchestral accompaniment.

I’ll Plant My Own Tree
Judy delivered more than anyone else could have when she recorded the final track on this set.  “I’ll Plant My Own Tree” was written for Judy to sing as “Helen Lawson” in the film version of Valley of the Dolls (1967).  The song is meant to show off the superstar quality of the character.  Sadly, it’s not a good song.  Out of context, it could be mistaken for parody.  Judy didn’t want to record it, preferring “Get Off Looking Good.”  But ever the trouper she recorded it and against the odds she makes it sound better than it is.  Only a talent of her caliber could have pulled that off.  Garland never completed the film and the song was re-recorded by Margaret Whiting for Susan Hayward (the new “Helen Lawson”) to lip-synch to.  A mono version with very bad audio appeared on LP in the late 1970s, and this stereo version has been traded by collectors for several decades.  Here it’s finally remastered and presented on CD for the first time.

The MGM playback disc label above is from The John Newton Collection.  Thanks, John!
Note that the date on the label is different than the prerecording date.
The label date is the date the disc was made.
The “Trinidad Number” MGM playback disc label above is from The Rick Smith Collection.  Thanks, Rick!

Disc A 800 Border

DISC ONE:

Track 1:
Norrie Paramor Salute To Judy Garland: The Trolley Song (H. Martin/R. Blane)/For Me And My Gal (G.W. Meyer/E. Leslie/E.R. Goetz)/Over The Rainbow (E.Y. Harburg/H. Arlen)/We’re Off To See The Wizard (E.Y. Harburg/H. Arlen)/It’s A Great Day For The Irish (R. Edens)*
Al and Judy
Columbia/E.M.I. Records Limited
ESG 7757, 45 rpm, Side 2, stereo
Norrie Paramor and His Concert Orchestra
Recorded 1958, Released 1959

Track 2:
Waltz With A Swing/Americana (C. Conrad)*
Every Sunday, MGM
Alternate, Take 6
Culver City, 30 June 1936
World premiered at The Judy Room

Track 3:
Hold That Bulldog (L. Pollack/S.D. Mitchell)*
Jack Oakie’s College, radio, CBS
Hollywood, 5 January 1937
World premiered at The Judy Room

Track 4:
Pennies From Heaven (J. Burke/A. Johnston)*
Jack Oakie’s College, radio, CBS
Hollywood, 5 January 1937
World premiered at The Judy Room

Track 5:

Johnny One Note (L. Hart/R. Rodgers)*
Jack Oakie’s College, radio, CBS
Hollywood, 20 April 1937
World premiered at The Judy Room

Track 6:
Always (I. Berlin)*
Jack Oakie’s College, radio, CBS
Hollywood, 20 April 1937
World premiered at The Judy Room

Track 7:
(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You (J. McCarthy/J.V. Monaco/R. Edens)*
Broadway Melody of 1938, MGM
Alternate, Take 3
Culver City, 7 May 1937

Track 8:
A Shine On Your Shoes (A. Schwartz/H. Dietz)*
Jack Oakie’s College, radio, CBS
Hollywood, 25 May 1937
World premiered at The Judy Room

Track 9:
Dinah (S.M. Lewis/J. Young/H. Akst)*
Jack Oakie’s College, radio, CBS
Hollywood, 1 June 1937

Track 10:
Where Are You? (H. Adamson/J. McHugh)*
Jack Oakie’s College, radio, CBS
Hollywood, 1 June 1937

Track 11:
Swing Mr. Mendelssohn (G. Kahn/B. Kaper/W. Jurmann)*
Everybody Sing, MGM
Alternate, Take 6
Culver City, 26 August 1937

Track 12:
Sun Showers (A. Freed/N.H. Brown)
Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, MGM
Alternate, Take 4
Culver City, 11 September 1937

Track 13:
Got A Pair Of New Shoes (A. Freed/N.H.Brown)*
Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, MGM
Alternate, Take 6
Culver City, 20 September 1937

Track 14:
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Negro spiritual)*
Everybody Sing, MGM
Without dialog overdub
Culver City, 24 October 1937

Track 15:
In Between (R. Edens)*
Love Finds Andy Hardy, MGM
Alternate, Take 4
Culver City, 24 June 1938

Track 16:
Meet The Beat Of My Heart (M. Gordon/H. Revel)*
Love Finds Andy Hardy, MGM
Alternate, Take 9
Culver City, 24 June 1938

Track 17:
Blue Skies (I. Berlin)*
The Pepsodent Show with Bob Hope, radio, NBC
Off-the-air home recording
16 January 1940

Track 18:
I’m Nobody’s Baby (B. Davis/M. Ager/L. Santly)*
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, MGM
Alternate, Take 8
Culver City, 14 March 1940

Track 19:
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows (J. McCarthy/H. Carroll)*
Ziegfeld Girl,, MGM
Alternate, Take 7
Based on Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu in C sharp minor
Culver City, 13 November 1940

Track 20:
Minnie From Trinidad (with Tony Martin)(R. Edens)*
Ziegfeld Girl, MGM
Alternate
Culver City, 14 January 1941

Track 21:
America (My Country ‘Tis Of Thee) (S.F. Smith/H.Carey (?))*
Life Begins for Andy Hardy, MGM
Outtake
Culver City, 19 May 1941

Track 22:
Abide With Me (H.F. Lyte/W.H. Monk)*
Life Begins for Andy Hardy, MGM
Outtake, Take 7
Culver City, 4 June 1941

Track 23:
The Rosary (R.C. Rogers/E. Nevin)*
Life Begins for Andy Hardy, MGM
Outtake, Take 3
Culver City, 4 June 1941

Track 24:
Easy To Love (C. Porter)
Life Begins for Andy Hardy, MGM
Outtake
Culver City, 4 June 1941

Track 25:
The Joint Is Really Jumpin’ Down At Carnegie Hall (R. Edens/R. Blane/H. Martin)*
Mail Call #19, CBS
With José Iturbi, piano
9 January 1943

Disc B 800 Border

DISC TWO

Track 1:
For Me And My Gal (E. Leslie/E.R. Goetz/G.W. Meyer)*
Mail Call Special #38, CBS
Dedicated to Britain
19 May 1943

Track 2:
The Boy Next Door (H. Martin/R.Blane)*
Meet Me in St. Louis, MGM
Alternate, Take 7
Culver City, 4 December 1943

Track 3:
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (H. Martin/R. Blane)*
Meet Me in St. Louis, MGM
Alternate, Take 6
Culver City, 4 December 1943

Track 4:
The Way You Look Tonight (with Bing Crosby)(D. Fields/J. Kern)
The Bakers of America Salute the Armed Forces, NBC
With Bing Crosby
4 June 1944

Track 5:
Mine (with Bing Crosby)(I. Gershwin/G. Gershwin)
Decca Records
Master # L 3486-C/Decca 23804 B, Alternate
With Bing Crosby
Joseph Lilley, conductor
Hollywood, 31 July 1944

Track 6:
The Trolley Song (H. Martin/R. Blane)*
Democratic Committee dinner
Johnny Green, piano
Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, 8 October 1944

Track 7:
Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk) (with Bing Crosby)(J. Burke/J.V. Heusen)
Decca Records
Master # L 3751-B/Decca 23410, Alternate
With Bing Crosby
Joseph Lilley, conductor
Hollywood, 9 March 1945

Track 8:
How Deep Is The Ocean? (I. Berlin)*
The Danny Kaye Show, radio, CBS
5 October 1945

Track 9:
Johnny One Note (L. Hart/R. Rodgers)*
Kraft Music Hall, radio, NBC
30 September 1948

Track 10:
Wishing (Will Make It So) (B.G. De Sylva)
The Hallmark Playhouse, CBS
Adaptation of “Cinderella”
15 February 1951
From RKO film, Love Affair, 1939

Track 11:
A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow (Traditional Irish ballad/T. Moore, English version)*
Guest Star, Syndication
U.S. Treasury Department public broadcast
Program # 277
Jack Cathcart & his orchestra
13 June 1952

Track 12:
Judy’s Olio: Opening introduction/You Made Me Love You (J. McCarthy/J.V. Monaco)/For Me And My Gal (E. Leslie/E.R. Goetz/G.W. Meyer)/The Boy Next Door (H. Martin/R. Blane)/The Trolley Song (H. Martin/R. Blane)*
Guest Star, Syndication
U.S. Treasury Department public broadcast
Program #277
Jack Cathcart & his orchestra
13 June 1952

Track 13:

Someone At Last (I. Gershwin/H. Arlen)*
A Star Is Born, Warner Bros.
Complete uncut version with no overdubbed sound effects, dialog or chorus
Alternate ending
Warner Bros. Orchestra
Ray Heindorf, conductor
23 November 1953

Track 14:
My Melancholy Baby (G.A. Norton/E. Burnett)*
A Star Is Born, Warner Bros.
Rehearsal with orchestra
Ray Heindorf, conductor
Circa 1954

Track 15:

Over The Rainbow (E.Y. Harburg/H. Arlen)*
Ford Star Jubilee, CBS-TV
Los Angeles, 24 September 1955, live
Jack Cathcart, conductor

Track 16:
Come Rain Or Come Shine (J. Mercer/H. Arlen)*
General Electric Theatre, CBS-TV
Hollywood, 8 April 1956, live
Nelson Riddle, conductor

Track 17:
Down With Love (E.Y. Harburg/H. Arlen)*
Capitol Records
Master # 33953, Alternate, Take 7
That’s Entertainment! LP
Jack Marshall, conductor
Hollywood, 9 June 1960

Track 18:
Just In Time (B. Comden/A. Green/J. Styne)
Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin Special, CBS-TV
Burbank, California, Taped 5, 8, 9 January 1962 at NBC-TV, Aired 25 February 1962
Mort Lindsey, conductor

Track 19:
Paris Is A Lonely Town (E.Y. Harburg/H. Arlen)*
Jack Paar Show, NBC-TV
New York, Taped 2 December 1962, Aired 7 December 1962

Track 20:
I Happen To Like New York (C. Porter)
Robert Goulet & Phil Silvers Special, CBS-TV
Mort Lindsey, conductor
New York, Taped 30 January to 3 February 1963, Aired 19 March 1963

Track 21:
Memories Of You (A. Razaf/E. Blake)*
The Judy Garland Show, CBS-TV
Episode # 2
With Count Basie on organ
Mort Lindsey, conductor
Television City, California, Taped 7 July 1963, Aired 10 November 1963

Track 22:
What Now My Love (P. Delanoë/G. Bécaud/C. Sigman)*
Rehearsal for Palladium show
London, 6 or 7 November 1964

Track 23:
What Now My Love (P. Delanoë/G. Bécaud/C. Sigman)
The Kraft Music Hall, NBC-TV
NBC Studios
Brooklyn, Taped 20 February 1966, Aired 28 February 1966

Track 24:
What the World Needs Now (H. David/B. Bacharach)
The Hollywood Palace, ABC-TV
Mitchell Ayres, conductor
Los Angeles, Taped 1 April 1966, Aired 7 May 1966

Track 25:
I’ll Plant My Own Tree (D. Previn/A. Previn)
Valley Of The Dolls, 20th Century Fox
Outtake, stereo
Johnny Williams, conductor
Los Angeles, mid-April 1967

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DISC CREDITS

Produced by: John Stedman

Compiled and Discography by: Lawrence Schulman

Sleeve notes by: Scott Brogan

Recording sources: John Newton, Raphael Geroni, Lawrence Schulman, John H. Haley, Scott Brogan, Kim Lundgreen

Transfers: John H. Haley, except “Someone At Last” and “Down With Love” by Raphael Geroni

Restoration and Remastering: John H. Haley at Harmony Restorations LLC, with help from Jamie Howarth at Plangent Processes on “Melancholy Baby”

Design: Andrew Roberts

Photos from the collection of: Lawrence Schulman

Cover photo by Apeda Studio, June 1936, New York

Thanks to: Alain Falasse, David Alp

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10 comments

  1. Garland aficionados have to be THEE LUCKIEST when it comes to the constantly new releases that appear, even after all this time! I ordered this as soon as I saw the announcement here and, like many, l am very, very excited!. I get such a kick out of adding to my collection. It has actually gotten to the point where I have to make room for these discs, they’re taking over my living room. And I love it!!!!!

    God bless you guys who make all this stuff available for us all to enjoy!

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  2. Thank you! Larry did such great work curating everything and John H. Haley outdid himself with the restorations and remasterings. And thank God for the collectors who have saved these discs and taken care of them. It’s amazing.

    I know how you feel about CDs engulfing you. Same here!

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  3. While this is great news, I could live without “Hold that Bulldog.” Nor am I a fan of her 1955 Ford Star Jubilee of “Over the Rainbow.” I just feels it’s the most vocally anemic version, and the most visually manipulative (and we know what hell Judy went through to complete this special, so it’s not a personal attack on her, bless her soul). There’s so many of her recordings I can listen to over and over and OVER, and some I only need to hear once or twice.

    That being said, I LOVED the 2010 release, and will consider purchasing this one, although it doesn’t have the same track appeal.

    What I would enjoy would be an alternate take of MGM’s “Johnny One Note” from ’48. I say this because, while it’s one of her most dynamic recordings, she loses control of her vibrato on the final note, and I’m curious if an alternate would reveal a stronger finish, like the radio version from the same evening.

    Great news for Garland fans, though. Thanks for letting us know!

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  4. No alternate take of “Johnny One Note” is known to exist. For some reason, not a lot of the prerecordings for this and “Till The Clouds Roll By” have survived. 😦

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  5. I can’t stop praising Lost Tracks 2 enough. The songs Abide With Me,The Rosary,My Country this of Thee,Got a Pair of New Shoes,Swing Low Sweet Chariot and many more are true gems. Even Hold that Bulldog a silly song , I’m sure it was funny and embarrassing at the same time for young Judy to record. But it shows the extent that a young performer will go to. Especially in those early days when women and young girls were told what to do. Any new releases by Lawrence Schulman and friends is like discovering Lost Gold! Please, keep the Treasures Coming!!

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  6. Lost Tracks 2 is absolute Gold. I was listening to disc 2 tonight which starts with her vibrant younger voice,then leads and progresses to her deeper and still beautiful voice. The dimensions to her voice are amazing. I have a new appreciation for her “Ford Star Jubilee “performance of “Over the Rainbow “. Beautiful! “Come Rain or come Shine”, “Down with Love”, “Paris is a Lonely Town “, “I happen to like New York ” breath-taking! Being from a musical family myself, it is with great appreciation to hear Ms Judy Garland remastered with excellence! This CD should win awards,but the real reward is hearing it. And make sure you have top quality stereo equipment! Because this talent and CD are Top quality!!!

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  7. I love it! Even though Amazon is fast and convenient I generally avoid buying things through large companies like Amazon or Apple who create a monopoly against small companies. And true to form,they only allow you to review something if you buy a certain dollar amount through them. But if I ever decide to buy anything through them, I will definitely write a review.

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  8. Yes,quite the control freaks like most large organizations! These large companies have hurt family own businesses and in many cases,put them out of business. Think Wal-marts etc. Monopoly!

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