This two LP set was in release by Decca then MCA Records for quite a long time. It was the definitive "best of" album of Judy's Decca work until the compact disc era. Of note is that Decca mistakenly used the previously unreleased "B" take of "Dear Mr. Gable" and mistakenly listed it as the "A" take. This error would not be rectified until the 1990's.
This set was released in "simulated stereo", a process that
was very popular at the time (MGM Records used the process in some
of their soundtrack reissues). The "simulated stereo" was
created by taking mono recordings and adding some echo, and upping
the bass on the left channel and upping the treble on the right channel.
For me this process was always a little discerning. I had a button
on my old receiver that switched the sound to mono, so I would use
that button to listen to the "stereo" records.
The records in this album are set up with "Record One" being sides 1 & 4, and "Record Two" being sides 2 & 3. This was done so people with the stackable record players could stack both records together and play the tracks in order by simply flipping both records at the same time after the first sides of "Record One" and "Record Two" had played. I've listed the tracks in order of "sides" rather than "records" as that is order the tracks were intended to be played.
The cover photograph is from a 1963
session with photographer Milton
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7" 45rpm "Extended Play" version.
This two record gatefold was released
in the United Kingdom
under the MCA "Coral" label
(#CDSP-803) with the
same cover art but different photos
on the inside; and was released in
an abridged version (#CPS107)
with the same cover art and titled "Greatest
Performances - Judy Garland". The songs
included on the abridged version
were: "You Made Me Love
"Over The Rainbow"; "FDR Jones"; "In-Between"; "For
Me & My
Gal"; "Love"; " The Trolley Song"; " Meet
Me In St Louis Louis"; " Poor Little Rich Girl';
" Sweet Sixteen"; "When You
Wore A Tulip"; " You'll Never Walk
In 1977, MCA released a cassette version, with the same cover art
as the 1973 album reissue, #MCAC2-4003.