The now legendary 2-LP album, Judy At Carnegie Hall, recorded April 23rd, 1961, was released on July 10th that same year. It remained on the top of the Billboard charts for 13 of its 73 week run, winning 5 Grammy awards including "Album of the Year." This is all the more remarkable since rock n' roll had cemented its hold on popular culture, while the folk-music protest movement was emerging from cafes and streets of Greenwich Village and beyond. Yet, with all the shift in the musical landscape, and its reflection of the times, so heated was the anticipation of Garland's album release, Capitol Records rushed it out first in a glossy lacquered black box, without any artwork except for the title in simple embossed lettering.

The director relays: "I've seen and held this in my hands. Holding it to the light, as a mirror, you can see an impressionistic reflection of yourself looking back. The package has the "feeling of something sacred and secret," as one audience member expressed. Like others, he knew the contents preserved the sounds and memories of an experience reverberating as if it happened yesterday.

The double-LP album was certified "Gold" by the RIAA (at least 500,000 sold in the US) and that was back in the 60s. Billboard ranked it as the 13th best-selling LP of that decade. It is impossible to fully account for how many were actually sold worldwide in the vinyl era. Once Soundscan became the computerized method for scanning U.S. sales in 1991, statistics to date show the double CD has sold over 180,000 units and counting. The album has never been out-of-print in the vinyl, CD and digital download eras since its initial 1961 release.