SOURCE: DRG Records

February 14, 2007 16:20 ET

DRG Records to Release Judy Garland's 1959 Album "The Letter" on CD for the First Time on March 13th, 2007

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 14, 2007 -- DRG Records proudly announces the CD debut of Judy Garland's legendary 1959 album, "The Letter," in its entire stereo splendor. Judy Garland made the finest recordings of her career for Capitol Records, but one of her most unique albums, "The Letter," has remained inside their vaults for almost 50 years. Now this album is finally making its digital debut in its entirety on this eagerly anticipated CD which will be released by DRG Records on March 13th, 2007.

Telling the story of a relationship throughout its first meeting, a breakup, then reconciliation, "The Letter" contains narration of a letter written to Garland by her beau, played by acclaimed Academy Award nominee John Ireland. As Judy reads his letter, her thoughts mend with his, and she answers him musically, through ten songs, crafted by Capitol's main musical master, Gordon Jenkins, a beloved musical arranger & conductor, who also worked with Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

This new CD was digitally remixed and remastered in 24-bit, directly from the original multi-track stereo session tapes, by David McEowen at Capitol Mastering in Hollywood. The CD's producer Scott Schechter says this digital debut reveals "a warmer, cleaner, brighter sound with much more presence to Garland's great vocals. Wait until you hear her almost operatic sound on some lines, such as 'And You Were Mine.' Your heart will break, with her sounding like she's right in the room with you. 'The Letter' becomes a whole new listening experience." Along with the sparkling sound, "The Letter" features four BONUS tracks, rare single versions of songs meant for radio play in 1959, and a lavish booklet that includes rare artwork and detailed liner notes by Schechter, preeminent Garland-Minnelli authority and author of the book "Judy Garland: The Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Legend."

Tracklisting:
1)   Beautiful Trouble
2)   Love In The Village
3)   Charley's Blues
4)   The Worst Kind of Man
5)   That's All There Is, There Isn't Any More
6)   Love In Central Park
7)   The Red Balloon
8)   The Fight
9)   At The Stroke of Midnight
10)  Come Back

BONUS TRACKS (Single Versions):
11)  Beautiful Trouble (alternate vocal take and musical ending)
12)  That's All There Is, There Isn't Any More
13)  The Worst Kind of Man (alternate musical ending)
14)  The Red Balloon (alternate vocal take and musical ending)

Total Playing Time: 47:25
About DRG Records:

For over 25 years, DRG Records has been a leader in Broadway cast recordings, film soundtracks, jazz and legendary cabaret performers. Recently, DRG has taken on a large scale venture in releasing long-out-of-print & first-time-on-CD releases. The label has received numerous Grammy Awards and nominations for its cast recordings and vocalists. DRG is a division of KOCH Records and KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. For more information on the labels and roster of artists, please visit www.drgrecords.com and www.kochrecords.com.

Contact Information

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    David Bosch
    212-353-8800x272
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