Sunday, May 30, 2010
JUDY GARLAND AND LIZA MINNELLI "LIVE" AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM
Those of you who have indeed seen Everyday Rapture know that the spirit of Judy inhabits the proceedings. (It's a long story, which Ms. Scott tells in her somewhat daffy matter, but it places Garland in Oz and Sherie in Kansas at the Menninger Clinic, with thanks and gratitude to her sensitive cousin Jerome.) Which makes it all the more fitting that "Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live at the London Palladium" shares column space with Scott live at the Roundabout. The Judy and Liza recording is, as stated, a live concert recording made during said engagement in November 1964. Minnelli was barely 18, soon to storm Broadway with her Tony Award-winning debut in Flora, the Red Menace; Garland was — shall we say — not in the best condition. So the recording has its ups and downs, vocally-speaking; but it gives us Judy as she was at the time, and Liza as well. And it makes for an exciting hour of listening, that's for sure.
The two-LP album has been remastered and expanded with two additional songs: Judy's renditions of Styne, Comden & Green's "Just in Time" and "Once in a Lifetime." (That's what it says on the track listings, anyway, but the latter is actually the Newley & Bricusse song from Stop the World — I Want to Get Off.) A ten-song version was released on CD in 1993, but this is the first complete version of the LP to make it to CD. It is not the complete live concert, as fans might wish; but I expect that this is all that was available to DRG for commercial release. Complete or in-, it sure makes for interesting listening.