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A note about the following recordings: In the 1930's, 40's and early 50's before the advent of "stereo," MGM recorded in multi-track "stems." These were microphones placed in advantageous positions around the recording stage. The studio would then take the various tracks and combine them to make balanced mono tracks for the films. In other words, they made multi track stereo recordings for their mono films!!! Luckily, MGM kept most of these multi-track, multiple takes and with today's technology, we are able to enjoy these tracks remastered into true stereo. So many of Judy's recordings were saved and now we can enjoy her voice and the orchestrations in crystal clear sound quality. In the following listings, when I state that many recordings are remastered into stereo, this is what I'm referring to.
Many thanks to the folks at Rhino Records and Turner and George Feltenstein for taking the time to catalog and restore these recordings for future generations, and for making them readily available for the public to enjoy. Without their efforts, these historical recordings might have been lost forever and the world of music would have lost a great legacy.

For more information about Judy's soundtracks, go to Rhino Records Pages here in The Judy Room. There you will find detailed information about the wonderful CD Soundtrack releases from Rhino Records.


For special collector's boxed sets, see the Collector's Page.


To listen to Judy live on the radio, please go to the MP3 Page for downloadable music.

THE PIRATE

Judy and Gene's second film together. And a rollicking feast of music and color! This is the film that has the distinction of being the only film Judy made at MGM that did not make a profit. The film did well in the metropolitan areas, but in middle America, fans just weren't ready for "sophisiticated" Judy.

In the years since, the film has become a "cult classic" and is one of the favorites of Garland fans everywhere.

Rhino Handmade is only making a limited 2,500 copies, so get yours now! Click on the CD image to the left to go to their website and orderr (only available online through Rhino Handmade).

Tracks from the film have previously been available in Rhino releases "Collector's Gems from the MGM Films" and "Judy Garland in Hollywood - Her Greatest Movie Hits." "Be A Clown" has recently been available "Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals."

Sony released the soundtrack in the late 1980s on CD as part of their series of MGM soundtracks taken directly from the soundtracks of the film. The sound quality was pretty good, and it contained a few tracks of dialog/music from the film which are fun to listen to but this is the first "complete" soundtrack.
SUMMER STOCK/IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIMESUMMER STOCK/IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME

Click on images to go to the Rhino Records "Handmade" page. This special double feature is only available online through Rhino records and for a limited release of 6,000 copies. It is the first Judy Garland release from their "Handmade" series. Summer Stock was previously available in the now out of print Sony Soundtrack series (see the Collector's Page)

(The artwork at left is for the original promotion - on the right is the finished product)
Annie Get Your GunANNIE GET YOUR GUN

The ever elusive Annie Get Your Gun has finally released on CD. This CD release is in conjunction with the release of "Annie" on DVD and Video in a special 50th anniversary edition (see the DVD page). This special CD has not only the complete release version (with Betty Hutton in the lead), but also the complete Judy version.

To order, go to RHINO RECORDS
or AMAZON
Nimbus RecordsJUDY GARLAND - 21 HOLLYWOOD HITS

Interesting compilation of Decca recordings and movie songs taken directly from the soundtracks of the films. Robert Parker has long been known for his ability to take old film soundtracks and remaster them into great sounding "stereo." It's fun to have good sounding "soundtrack" editions of many of the songs, to compliment the Rhino remastered prerecordings that have been issued (many in true stereo). Definately a nice CD with a nice mix of Decca & MGM.
Judy Garland In HollywoodJUDY GARLAND IN HOLLYWOOD - HER GREATEST MOVIE HITS

In my opinion, the best single CD compilation on the market! This disc spans Judy's entire film career beginning with her feature film debut in 1936's Pigskin Parade and ending with her final film, 1963's I Could Go On Singing. The sound quality is fantastic, as all the tracks have been remastered and the booklet is a nice overview of Judy's film career.

If you want to "introduce" someone to Judy's vocal art, this CD along with the Carnegie Hall CDs are the best for showing the amazing range of Judy's art and career.
Collector's Gems From The MGM Films JUDY GARLAND -
COLLECTOR'S GEMS FROM THE M-G-M FILMS


Rhino RecordsThis is a sort of "more best of" double CD set. Many great songs never before released, and most never before released on CD. Here you will find many great Garland songs not known to the general public. Included are outtakes and alternate takes from both The Pirate and Annie Get Your Gun. Judy's entire MGM career is represented beginning with her "official" film debut in the short Every Sunday and ending with the Annie Get Your Gun sessions. A "must have" for any Garland fan! All tracks remastered and many in true stereo for the first time!

The Wizard Of Oz!The Ultimate OzTHE WIZARD OF OZ - THE DELUXE EDITION

The one and only! Two CD's with the entire soundtrack (including the beautiful Oscar winning background score), as well as outtakes, alternate takes, and "extended" tracks of the songs and score. Another "must have" for any Garland and/or film music collector. The accompanying booklet is beautifully done with detailed information about the making of the film and the score. Two "songs only" CD's have been released, as well as "The Story And Songs From The Wizard Of Oz" which incorporated dialog and music, much like the original MGM Records LP of years back. But this is the "Ultimate Oz" and is the one to have for the complete soundtrack.

The Golden Years At MGMJUDY GARLAND -
THE GOLDEN YEARS AT M-G-M


This is actually a laser disc release, with restored prints of Judy's films The Harvey Girls, The Pirate, and Summer Stock. But I've listed it here as the alternate audio tracks contain literally HOURS of Judy's pre-recordings in the MGM recording studio. Tons of multiple takes, alternate takes, and outtakes from all of Judy's films (excepting the musicals with Mickey Rooney and The Wizard Of Oz). All are remastered and many in stereo. These recordings give one a peek into Judy's art as well as her humor in the chatter between takes. A fascinating look into the world of film music recording of the 1930's and 1940's. A treasure trove of music that amazingly has survived over the years. The accompanying booklet is informative and well researched by Garland historian John Fricke. You just don't get any better than this for film history and great music!
For Me And My GalFOR ME AND MY GAL

The complete soundtrack to one of Judy's best films. Gene Kelly's film debut. This CD has the complete score as well as outtakes, and the booklet is a wonderfully detailed account into the making of the film and the history involved. Although sometimes overlooked in reviews of Judy's career, this film is one of her best as this soundtrack proves. Judy is at her singing and dancing peak!
Girl CrazyGIRL CRAZY

The best of the Judy/Mickey musicals. Judy and Mickey, Nancy Walker, June Allyson and Tommy Dorsey make the most of this classic Gershwin score. This is actually a slightly abridged version of the complete score contained in the 4 CD set "Mickey and Judy - Born In A Trunk" (in the Collector's Page), which contains all four of their musicals. All the songs are here but regrettably some of the background score from the aforementioned 4 CD set is not.
 
Meet Me In St. LouisMEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

The all-time classic! Re-mastered into stereo, this is not only Judy's best film for MGM after "Oz" but it's one of the all time film musical greats. All the classic songs are here: "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Plus much of the beautiful background score. Another "must have" for any Judy and/or film musical fan!
The Harvey GirlsTHE HARVEY GIRLS

Judy's musical follow-up to Meet Me In St. Louis. Classic score with the Oscar winning "On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe." remastered, many in stereo, all the songs and background score are here as well as all the much sought after outtakes.

Easter ParadeEASTER PARADE

Another all time film musical great! Classic Irving Berlin score, including "A Couple Of Swells" and the famous, deleted Judy showcase "Mr Monotony." Oscar winner for best musical score of 1948 - no small feat in those days as film musicals were cranked out in amazing numbers by all the studios, but the pairing of Judy and Fred is a once in a lifetime treat.
A Star Is BornA STAR IS BORN

Judy's great film comeback of 1954. An all time classic. Judy is in incredible peak "mature voice" and she makes the most of the fantastic score. Judy's "The Man That Got Away" will never be equaled as the ultimate torch song.
That's Entertainment!THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! - THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY OF MGM MUSICALS

6 CDs!!! All three of the That's Entertainment films are represented, as well as an extra disc of numbers not contained in any of the films. All complete versions of the clips represented in each film, and the only source on CD for several of Judy's MGM performances. Beautifully packaged box set - another "must have"!!!
LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND - ME AND MY SHADOWS

Soundtrack to the popular miniseries. The CD features Garland vocals as well as much of the original score for the film. Interesting note: "The Trolley Song" is abridged just as it is in the film - cutting out the chorus break and segueing right to the final "...as he started to leave I took hold of his sleeve." Odd to hear it abridged like that, almost like a different song. Most of the songs are snippets like in the miniseries. "The Man That Got Away" is NOT the version used in the miniseries (from the original soundtrack of A Star Is Born) but is the Carnegie Hall version. The underscoring is very nice, especially capturing the feel of the 1930's & 1940's. It's worth getting for the nice score, but it isn't a very good representation of Judy's career nor the songs used in the miniseries.  

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