The Hits of Judy Garland (1963)

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The Hits of Judy Garland (1963)

Side 1:
01) Medley
02) Over The Rainbow
03) Swanee
04) Come Rain Or Come Shine
05) The Man That Got Away

Side 2:
01) Chicago
02) I Can't Give You Anything But Love
03) Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
04) April Showers
05) Rock-A-Bye Your Baby
06) When You're Smiling


Originally released in 1963, this album proved to be one of Capitol's most popular compilations. It was re-released over the years many times, with varying cover art (especially overseas - see below). Although the contents of the record would remain the same, the color scheme of the cover and the text would change, as would the various Capitol logos. Sometimes, as in the 1987 CD release shown at right, the text would disappear altogether.


After becoming the model for many acting and singing superstars during World War II, Judy Garland made her way through the '50s and '60s battling drugs, making comebacks, and doing a bit of television. Her big return to the limelight, of course, came with the release of the bravura Judy at Carnegie Hall record. This was during her 1957-1965 stretch at Capitol Records, a time when Garland's voice was still in fine form and sporting the beneficial affects of years in the singing business; the gratuitous enthusiasm of the '30s and '40s had been replaced by a burnished tone and some well-heeled phrasing. This 20-track Capitol roundup proves the point with a strong mix of updated chestnuts like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and some fine Latinized versions of "I Concentrate on You" and "Old Devil Moon" (Lena Horne's Lena Goes Latin comes to mind). Other highlights include "Down With Love," "Little Girl Blue," and "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe." From cabaret ballad drama to frenetic big band swingers, Judy Garland revels in her golden prime on this classic collection. ---Stephen Cook, Rovi

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