The Ladies of Show Biz

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CD Details

  • Released: 2001
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Sony Special Product

Tracks:

  • 1.Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
  • 2.Without a Memory
  • 3.Did I Hurtca, Burn Ya, Cutcha Much
  • 4.Heartbroken
  • 5.There's A Dance Or Two / Toujours Gai
  • 6.Go Home, Joe
  • 7.The Hottentot Song
  • 8.Send My Baby Back to Me
  • 9.Meany Meany
  • 10.The Man That Got Away

Product Description:

No, to answer the obvious question, Ladies of Show Biz does not present duet performances by Judy Garland and Carol Channing, each of whom is heard separately on alternate tracks. Rather the collection is the work of a creative compiler at Sony Music Special Products. Every major label must house somewhere in its vast collection stray recordings by major artists that do not add up to a full-length album, and here are some examples. Garland, after leaving MGM Records along with the film studio in 1950, had a two-single (i.e., four-song) deal at Columbia in 1953, after which she gave the label the rights to the soundtrack from A Star Is Born (1954) before departing for Capitol. Channing made one single with Mitch Miller at Columbia in 1951 ("Did I Hurtcha, Burn Ya, Cutcha"/"Meany Meany") after having appeared on the original Broadway cast recording of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949 and before appearing on the 1954 studio cast album for Archy and Mehitabel, a show renamed Shinbone Alley when it ran on Broadway briefly in 1957. This material is the source for a compilation that begins with Channing's performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and ends with Garland's of "The Man That Got Away" from A Star Is Born, with eight long-forgotten songs in between. Garland does her best with such numbers as "Heartbroken," an early lyric of Fred Ebb, who would go on to Cabaret and Chicago. Channing is well-suited to Miller's typical novelty material (including the previously unreleased "The Hottentot Song"), and the excerpt from Archy and Mehitabel, which pairs her with Eddie Bracken, makes you wish that whole album would be reissued. This is not a great collection, by any means, but it's a real find for fans of Channing and/or Garland. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  • Sales Rank: 16,095
  • UPC: 079893188423
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
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