An audio recording of film star and gay icon Judy Garland's final concert, captured three months before her death in Copenhagen, will be released following a high-definition transfer and restoration from a Denmark radio broadcast.
Garland's performance at Falkoner Centret on March 25, 1969, featured a set list that included "Get Happy," "The Man That Got Away," and "Over the Rainbow": the song she introduced in the 1939 movie musical The Wizard of Oz that became her signature.
The release will also include two newly-discovered tracks from a recording made by the concert hall itself: "Till the Clouds Roll By" and "Am I Blue?" (both duets with Johnny Ray).
The stereo reel-to-reel tape that serves as the primary source for this recording, from the collection of Garland scholar Lawrence Schulman, has been digitized at the highest definition currently possible, restored, and remastered by Robert Witrak for High Definition Tape Transfers, a company that specializes in remastering rare recordings for audiophiles. The recording will be made available in several high-definition formats, including DSD, PCM, and as a physical disc. The release will mark the first time a Garland live concert has been issued in high definition for purchase. Schulman has penned liner notes for the album.
The album will be available for purchase from HighDefTapeTransfers.com upon release in 2018.
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