The Letter (Judy Garland album)

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The Letter
Studio album by Judy Garland
Released May 4, 1959
Recorded January 15-16, 1959
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 57:14
Label Capitol
Judy Garland chronology
Garland at the Grove
The Letter
That's Entertainment!

The Letter is a 1959 concept album by American vocalist Judy Garland arranged by Gordon Jenkins.[1]

Chronicling a relationship, the album features John Ireland.


The Allmusic review by John Bush awarded the album three stars and said "Jenkins' ambitious concept was written well and executed perfectly, and no one was better than Garland for a dramatic romantic role encompassing hope and humor...The Letter suffers, as all but the best concept albums do. Ireland is no match for Garland...and the few audio concepts on display tend toward gimmicks. In all, The Letter is a fair concept album, its interruptions annoying but its overall power raised by the twin talents of Garland and Jenkins...The original three-track stereo recording is exquisite, and upon its initial release, special copies of "the letter" were placed in envelopes and taped to the front of each record jacket".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Beautiful Trouble" - 4:18
  2. "Love in the Village" - 4:32
  3. "Charley's Blues" - 3:27
  4. "The Worst Kind of Man" - 3:58
  5. "That's All There Is, There Isn't Any More" - 2:50
  6. "Love in Central Park" - 4:34
  7. "The Red Balloon" - 2:24
  8. "The Fight" - 3:34
  9. "At the Stroke of Midnight" - 4:30
  10. "Come Back" - 4:36
  11. "Beautiful Trouble" - 1:48

All music and lyrics written by Gordon Jenkins.



  1. ^ a b c "The Letter". Allmusic. Retrieved May 10, 2011.