Monday, February 21, 2005

Judy at Carnegie Hall: The magic of recordings at its most magical



As we speak, I'm listening to Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall with some new stereo equipment. This is the first time I've felt I'm really at the Judy Garland Carnegie Hall concert. You know (even via headphones) that you're doing O.K. when that happens.

Please buy this one. Even my friend Bob, who is one of the crankiest of the Four Cranks, says it's the bee's knees.



Get the recent Capitol reissue (40th anniversary, copyright 2001, or something like that). It beats the stuffing out of the super-expensive Steve Hoffman-remastered DCC label version, which is out-of-print anyway. He's a famous mastering engineer with whose aesthetic sense I do not agree. He likes to get rid of any ambience, and place the performer in your living room. Well, I don't want the very late Judy Garland in my living room: I want her in Carnegie Hall, where she belongs, dammit, and I want to go to Carnegie Hall, or at least as close as my cruddy little stereo will get me. (Ultimately, you know, they're all "cruddy little stereos," albeit to varying degrees.)

You place this in your CD player and put on your headphones, and crank up the volume, and you...are...there.

Ain't recordings wonderful?

MK

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