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A Star Is Born (1954 Film) Soundtrack
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This latest version of the Garland ASIB soundtrack is a total winner and worth the long wait for its release.
The same superlatives may be said about Star's outstanding soundtrack which has been meticulously restored for its newest release. When Star made its CD debut in 1988 the sound quality blew me away at the time and now in its latest incarnation it does so again. While the 26 tracks have been assembled from disparate sources they are all cleaned up and balanced beautifully. From the initial thunderous strains of the Overture to the heavenly chorus swelling at the end this soundtrack is a winner from start to finish.
All of the unforgettable Garland vocals are here in their entirety including three previously unreleased selections. A beautifully rendered nearly a capella version of It's a New World is a standout.Read more ›
Kudos to all involved in getting this soundtrack in this spectacular version released. Judy, Ray and all those that have gone on are smiling down from above. Dieter, John Fricke, Michael Feinstein's contribution and all other's efforts shine in this production. Not to be missed by anyone, Garland Fan or casual soundtrack listener.
made for choppy listening because it presented effects as well. This new
disc (as other reviewers have pointed out) is a seamless amalgamation of album and soundtrack elements. But, most importantly, the dramatic ATMOSPHERE of the film is presented in a musical narrative for the first time. Ray Heindorf and Skip Martin's underscoring and arranging skills
leap to the fore - the Warner Bros. Orrchestra is beautifully recorded and balanced in performances of superbly dramatic and evocative cues.
And the source cues, too! Things I never dreamed we'd ever hear on disc - the overture and Wild West music for the Shrine Auditorium benefit (not to mention the complete intro to "Gotta Have Me Go With You"); the
rhumba band at the Coconut Grove; more of that wonderfully warm-sounding small combo at the Downbeat Club - some splendid LA cats,
Babe Russin, Buddy Cole et.al., regular pinch-hitters at Warners, heard most notably here and in Kazan's "Streetcar Named Desire". We BASK in their sound: we get every one of their moody 32 bars on "Man That Got Away" in A-flat, before they modulate up to C and Judy comes in.
Then we get them playing "Cheatin' On Me", an old Lew Pollack number, which is delightful; and lastly the beautifully apposite music of the post-premiere scene at the Mocambo: the band plays the Johnny Green standard, "Easy Come, Easy Go". The gist of the lyric to the song is, as you may recall: "Let's part as friends, just as we met. As it came, let it go" - which, more or less, is exactly what Norman tries to tell Esther,
as he has with so many others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know this is a soundtrack. I expected more singing from Judy Garland. It seems like it's more music and not that much singing. I know lots of people like this. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mark Miller
Fabulous!!!! I love the original "The Man That Got Away" track!!! So different!!! A great CD!! Glad I made the purchase!!Published 15 months ago by Jude Barnes
This soundtrack is Judy Garland at her absolute best. It shows an amazing versatility of genre and singing styles at the peak of her career. A must have for Garland fans.Published on August 10, 2013 by cmcdonnell
This has always been and will always be one of my favorite soundtrack recordings. This edition is a nice update. However one thing has always bothered me. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Carl J. Freda
Great to hear Judy Garland at the height of her talent. "The Man That Got Away" is a classic and Ms. Garland OWNS it. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Musicals Freak
Not one of these songs on the disc are of Judy singing (The one that got away), just an instrumental version.Published on February 22, 2013 by Samara Sant
I actually bought this CD for my 83 year old mother, but the more I listen to it, the more I like it. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Elizabeth