Judy Garland At The Grove

by Adam Hetrick

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday March 16, 2008

Judy Garland At The Grove

The DRG release offers the concert in its entirety, as the original Capitol Records LP deleted three songs for the sake of vinyl space. The three numbers originally cut "Day In - Day Out," "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" and "Do It Again", have all been restored for the DRG release, which also presents the concert in 24-bit remastered form.

Judy Garland at the Gove was recorded on the final night of Judy's two-week engagement at L.A.'s Coconut Grove in the late summer of 1958. While it may not capture the same palpable excitement of her 1961 Carnegie Hall recording, the Grove concert still showcases Garland's unparalleled showmanship and ease with her audience.

All of Garland's best are here, including "Zing! Went the Strings of MY Heart," "Over the Rainbow," "Do It Again," a smoldering "When the Sun Comes Out," "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody," and the pop tune "Purple People Eater." The only songs conspicuously missed are "Come Rain Or Come Shine," and "The Man That Got Away."

DRG does, however, include Garland's bows and encores, which provides one of the most exciting parts of the recording. Garland fans can be heard shouting song titles at the always-eager performer, in the hopes she would chose their suggestion. Unfortunately, Garland admits the charts for "The Man That Got Away" were not with them that evening. But Garland did treat fans to exciting encores of "After You've Gone," "A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow," and "Swanee."

Any chance to hear Garland anew is a golden one for her many fans. Garland at the Grove offers a more intimate portrait of the showbiz legend's infamous concert set and puts the listener in the front row.

$17.98 from DRG Records