note about the following recordings: In
the 1930's, 40's and early 50's before the advent
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.
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.
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
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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"
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
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
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
STOCK/IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
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
(The artwork at left is for the original promotion - on
the right is the finished product)
GET YOUR GUN
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
page). This special CD has not only the complete release
version (with Betty Hutton in the lead), but also the complete
To order, go to
GARLAND - 21 HOLLYWOOD HITS
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.
GARLAND IN HOLLYWOOD - HER GREATEST MOVIE HITS
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 M-G-M FILMS
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!
WIZARD OF OZ - THE DELUXE EDITION
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 M-G-M
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
ME AND MY GAL
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!
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 ), 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.
ME IN ST. LOUIS
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!
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.
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.
STAR IS BORN
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
ENTERTAINMENT! - THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY OF MGM MUSICALS
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"!!!
WITH JUDY GARLAND - ME AND MY SHADOWS
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.