THE DISC & RECORDINGS:
Recorded live in concert at the London Palladium
on November 8th, 1964, as well as their return concert on November
be included on the album from the November 15th recording).
On November 23, 1964 Judy and Liza recorded vocal tracks for
the album in Capitol's London studios, recording these
vocals over the orchestra tracks that were made during the November
15th recording. Judy dubbed "Just Once In A Lifetime" (one
"His Is The Only Music That Makes Me Dance" (two takes);
and together Judy and Liza dubbed "Hello, Dolly" (one
take); "Don't Rain On
My Parade" (three takes); "San Francisco" (three
takes); and "Chicago"
(two takes - this song used orchestra tracks from the first concert).
Liza dubbed new solos of her "Mama" tribute and "Who's
Per Scott Schechter's book Judy Garland The Day-By-Day Chronicle
Of A Legend, "Part of the reason for recording these
new takes is that much of the second concert audiotapes were
ruined by a
buzzing sound that bled through from some of the television cameras
that were videotaping the show that night. For all this effort,
the only thing that would be used from this session on the album
was the ending of "Hello, Dolly," that occurs after
the dialogue between Judy and Liza and the audience."
The November 15th concert was videotaped by ITV British Television. Sadly, only 55 minutes were broadcast,
and it's these 55 minutes that have survived. The rest of the
footage is lost. The 55 minute show was released on VHS by
LaserLight/Delta Music in 1997. The show was subsequently released
on DVD on November
19, 2002 by the White Star company both as a single disc and
also packaged in a "The Judy Garland Collection" boxed set
along with an abridged version of the PBS documentary "The Concert
Years", the 1963 TV special with Robert Goulet & Phil Silvers,
and "Once In A Lifetime", the 1962 TV special with
Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
An abridged single record version of the concert was released
by Capitol in 1973 (Capitol ST-1191). A German company called "Public
a 2-CD set of the entire concert (Label Number: PD
but it quickly went out of release and is quite rare.
The complete "Live At The London Palladium" has never been officially released
on CD. Some songs, (including the previously unreleased "Once In A Lifetime", "Just In Time" & "Don't Rain On My Parade"), were included in
the 1991 Capitol boxed set "The
One And Only" . Other tracks have
been included in several CD compilations such as the 1993 Curb
CD "Judy Garland and Liza
Minnelli: Together" (released January
12, 1993) and the 1998 Curb CD "It Was A Good Time - The Best
of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli" (released August 4, 1998).
The studio overdub of "Don't Rain On My Parade" was released
on the 2002 Capitol compilation "Classic
Judy Garland: The Capitol Years 1955-1965" along with
Judy's haunting "What Now, My Love?"
An announcement was made in 2002 (and then in 2009) that the entire concert, along
with rehearsal recordings, was to be released officially in
a deluxe 2-CD set. Cover artwork was sent out, and fans everywhere
reserved their copies. But the set was never released. The
rumor was that "The Family" (The
Judy Garland Heir's Trust) was unhappy with the release due
to the quality of Judy's
several of her vocals. Another rumor was
that Judy's second daughter Lorna Luft stopped the release
because she (The "Heir's
wanted a cut of the profits and/or money for the use of images
of Judy. Whatever the real reason is, the set has still never
been released. Per Garland hagiographer John Fricke in a November 2008 posting on a Garland discussion group:
Sid [Luft] is the one who stepped in and halted release of the Capital two-disc Palladium concert release. As he'd negotiated Judy's original contract with Capitol in 1955 and at least one of its "renewals" five years later, he was in a position to know that the label wasn't allowed to disseminate any Garland tracks without her approval...or, after her demise, by those representing her.
The crowd of those (whether individuals or corporations) who hold the rights to various aspects of Judy's lifelong workload is a complicated one. In this case, Sid Luft had taken part in semi-regular dealings with various Capitol reps across the decades. When he moved to halt the Palladium release, they listened. And it's one time Sid's truculence served her very well, indeed.
Bootleg CD copies of the master CDs
(probably dubbed from a pre-release promotional copy) are easily
on eBay and other online auction site.
In 2010, an official version was finally released. Although it's not the complete, two CD set proposed in the spring of 2009, it IS an expanded version of the original 2-LP set, wonderfully remastered. This release adds "Once In A Lifetime" and "Just In Time" to the line up, as well as moving "The Man That Got Away" to it's proper place (why the original album began with Judy soloing on "The Man That Got Away" never made any sense, Judy never started off a concert with such a serious song!!
There was also a July 1987 British re-release of the original
pressing (#EM 1249) with the same cover art as this original,
Brogan & Eric Hemphill.
Black & white images above and below from the inside and back of the
original gatefold album.
Album cover restoration provided by "Alex
in Belgium" - thank you Alex!
The Plagued History of
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli “Live” at the London Palladium,
by Lawrence Schulman
ARSC Journal XL / ii 2009. © Association for Recorded Sound Collections 2009. All rights reserved. Printed in USA. Republished at The Judy Room with permission.
“The Plagued History of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli “Live” at the London Palladium, 1965-2009” was first published in the Fall 2009 issue of the ARSC Journal (Volume 40, No. 2). The paper edition of the ARSC Journal can be purchased at the ARSC Journal page (http://www.arsc-audio.org/journal.html) of the ARSC website.
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