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New CD ‘Judy Garland: Swan Songs, First Flights’ documents her final year on concert stage

Judy Garland - Swan Songs, First Flights
Judy Garland - Swan Songs, First Flights

Judy Garland —Swan Songs, First Flights: Her First and Last Recordings is a newly available CD box set that spans 40 years in the life and career of arguably American’s greatest entertainer.

From The Judy Room:

“Here is something really special! Judy's final performances are at last properly remastered (the March 25, 1969 Falkoner Centret, Copenhagen concert has been remastered from the original reel-to-reel tapes) and presented on CD for the first time. To round out the set, we're also treated to Judy's earliest known recordings. Many tracks are finally getting their CD debut.”

The set is primarily a compilation of concerts and other live performances recorded between July 1968 and June 1969, days before her death at age 47 in London.

Most of the recordings have been available for years as bootlegs and on minor record and CD labels, usually with very poor audio quality.

The tracks included on Swan Songs, First Flights have been remastered, sometimes from original source material, such as the 1969 Copenhagen concert.

The earliest recordings are from Garland’s first short films made in 1929 and 1930, along with the “Lost Decca” tracks, test acetates she made at age 12 in March 1935 before signing with Decca Records at the beginning of her MGM film career.

The Judy Room’s Scott Brogan participated in production of this CD set. Other credits: Remastered by John. H. Haley, liner notes by Lawrence Schulman, technical notes by John H. Haley and composer’s notes by John Meyer.

Judy Garland —Swan Songs, First Flights: Her First and Last Recordings is limited to 500 units and available at Amazon.com.

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