To celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live at the London Palladium," Universal Music Enterprises has released a remastered 180-gram vinyl reissue of the 1965 classic recording which is available now.
The landmark concert took place on November 8 and 15, 1964 with studio retakes done in England later that month. The original recording was released by Capitol Records on August 2, 1965 as a two-LP set. The Universal Music Enterprises reissue is a remastered version of the 1965 release.
Like the original the 50th anniversary edition features Garland and daughter Minnelli performing separately and together on two vinyl discs, joining forces on "Hello Dolly!," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and several medleys. The new vinyl version of the album, which originally peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200 after its 1965 release, includes new liner notes by Liza Minnelli.
How did the Palladium concert come about? My mother tricked me into doing the show. She asked me to come perform in London with her but I declined. I felt I wasn't ready, I was too young. But Mama didn't take no for an answer. She went ahead and announced the concert to the press. When I saw the announcement in the newspaper I knew there was no turning back.
I'd performed with Mama on her TV series, and as big as that was for me, it wasn't anything liked standing and singing with her on a stage like the London Palladium. Listen, Mama owned whatever stage she was on. So we did it, and it was great and exhilarating and terrifying.
I don't know that I had much of a style at that point, but I was young and fresh and, well -- loud! I think Mama was a little startled. She was one of the most generous performers -- ask anybody she worked with. She always gave, never took. But something slightly competitive came out that night, an energy I hadn't seen before. Nerves be damned I was gonna give my all - all that I had in 1964 - and Mama was certainly going to give HER all. So there we were, the two of us, the ALL of us! I was thrilled to have done it, and survived it; there was great joy on the stage, and I'm so glad this recording survives.
After working with her, I was never nervous about appearing with anyone again. I had already appeared with the best. Its part of history I guess, though I don't think of myself like that. I suppose, for me, it's a personal history.
I hope that one day the complete concert will be released for everyone to enjoy. Until then, I hope you enjoy this new release of the original LP of my Palladium concert with Mama, who also happened to be Judy Garland. Thank you Mama ... for everything!
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live at the London Palladium
A1 Overture A2 The Man That Got Away (Judy Garland) A3 The Travelin' Life (Liza Minnelli) A4 Gypsy In My Soul (Liza Minnelli) A5 Hello, Dolly! (Liza Minnelli) A6 Together (Liza Minnelli/Judy Garland)
B1 Medley (Liza Minnelli/Judy Garland) B2 Who's Sorry Now (Liza Minnelli) B3 Smile (Judy Garland) B4 How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life (Liza Minnelli) B5 What Now My Love (Judy Garland)
C1 Medley (Liza Minnelli) C2 Make Someone Happy (Judy Garland) C3 Pass That Peace Pipe (Judy Garland) C4 The Music That Makes Me Dance (Judy Garland) C5 Medley: When the Saints Go Marching In/He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (Liza Minnelli)
D1 Never Will I Marry (Judy Garland) D2 Encore: Swanee/Chicago/Over the Rainbow/San Francisco (Judy Garland)