Judy Garland In Hollywood: Her Greatest Movie Hits - Original Soundtrack Performances 1936-1963
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
23 tracks-77 minutes' worth-of Judy's greatest movie performances, including The Texas Tornado from Pigskin Parade (her 1936 feature-film debut); Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz; I'm Nobody's Baby from Andy Hardy Meets Debutante ; the title song from For Me and My Gal; The Trolley Song from Meet Me in St. Louis; The Man That Got Away from A Star Is Born ; By Myself from I Could Go On Singing , and more, many for the first time in stereo!
Judy Garland's almost 30 years in the movie industry provide some of her brightest moments. And Judy Garland in Hollywood is a near-perfect retrospective of her classic vocals for The Wizard of Oz, For Me and My Gal, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, and numerous other celluloid musical favorites. She swings on tunes like "The Trolley Song" (from St. Louis), and on A Star Is Born's "Gotta Have Me Go with You," she shows the vocal finesse and maturity of her later years. Of the 23 cuts, there's not a single dud, and the sound quality is excellent. Few collections more accurately show a career from start to finish: on "The Texas Tornado," we hear a 14-year-old girl brimming with confidence and bounce, but by 1962's "Little Drops of Rain," Garland's pacing has slowed, her voice more full-throated and autumnal. A great set. --Jason Verlinde
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The CD starts off strong with "The Texas Tornado" recorded in 1936 when Judy was just 14 years old. You'd never know she was an adolescent when she recorded this. Judy's voice at 14 was already extremely powerful and rather mature as well.
The next track is one of my favorites because it is so romantic and sweet: "Dear Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It.)" The sound is excellent; and the musical arrangement is perfect. The MGM musicians make excellent use of the violins as Judy sings and even speaks a little about her crush on Clark Gable. This track is followed by her infamous ballad, "Over The Rainbow." Judy's voice here is flawless; she sings so beautifully and she emotes so well. Harold Arlen wrote an excellent musical arrangement for "Over The Rainbow" which combined with Judy's voice makes me swear that a magical place located beyond a rainbow is real and not imaginary.
Other classics on this CD include "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me In Saint Louis; "On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe" from The Harvey Girls; "Easter Parade" from the movie of the same name; "Get Happy" from the movie Summer Stock and "The Man That Got Away" from A Star Is Born. Nobody but Judy could sing these songs so flawlessly. When Judy sang these songs she just didn't sing the way another singer would. Judy would sing so passionately in such a singularly beautiful, sensitive way that somehow you could instantly identify with her character's joy, her character's wanting to fit in, her character's heartache over a lost love.
The CD boasts some terrific songs that are less well known but just as wonderful. "I'm Nobody's Baby" from Andy Hardy Meets Debutante is a sad song about how she doesn't "fit into" any social scene because she isn't just a kid anymore but she isn't quite an adult yet either. There is also the hauntingly beautiful "Last Night When We Were Young" which is an outtake from the movie In The Good Old Summertime. "Happy Harvest" is a joyful song that Judy performs in the movie Summer Stock; and "By Myself" is a gut-wrenching number from her last film entitled I Could Go On Singing.
Will Friedwald contributes an extensive essay which sticks mostly to Garland's professional career; and there are wonderful photos of Judy as well. There's even a lovely black and white photo of Judy and her two sisters taken in 1942 when Judy was working on the movie entitled Presenting Lily Mars. The songs credits are provided and the recording dates for each song are there as well. Moreover, the sound quality is excellent; the remastering of these tracks to digital form is excellent.
There will never be another Judy. This CD proves it. As you listen to Judy's performances on this CD, you become increasingly impressed and enchanted as you listen to each song. By the time the CD ends you want more just as Judy's audiences always wanted more whenever she gave a live performance. If you like this CD, I highly recommend the two CD set of Judy at Carnegie Hall from 2001 (the fortieth anniversary edition); the CD entitled Classic Garland: Capitol Years 1955-1965 and the CD entitled That Old Feeling: Classic Ballads from the Judy Garland Show. Of course, if you also like those, you'll be well on your way to discovering even more CDs and movies that feature this singularly talented artist, the incomparable Judy Garland.
There's not a single dud on these CDs, and the sound quality is excellent. Many of the older tracks do have some hiss to them, as well as the occasional sound anomaly, which is to be expected. However, everything has been beautifully remastered and sounds incredible. The liner notes and packaging PERIOD are also incredible. Very informative and include lots of great pictures. And I might be weird, but I actually like the cover art. It's nice and whimsical, although from far away, or in pics made really small, it CAN make her look like something of a dominatrix. *Now THERE'S a side of Judy you thought you'd never see. ;)* But the cariacature's actually quite cute, and I just think it's a cute cover.
Judy would sadly pass away six years after the last tracks on this compilation were recorded. Although she may be dead in the physical sense, as long as her films and audio recordings like these are available to the public, Judy will never really die in the hearts of the public, and she will never be forgotten. There's only one Judy Garland, and there will never be another like her.