Decca released this second album of Garland
songs during a music industry strike. The President of the
American Federation of Musicians, James Petrillo, announced
a ban on their members making any recordings when the union's
existing contract with the recording industry expired on August
1, 1942. Luckily for Decca, they had several unreleased Garland
tracks to choose from, including the 1939 recordings of "Zing!
Went The Strings Of My Heart" and "Fascinating Rhythm".
When listening to the tracks on this album in the order they're
presented, it's interesting to hear the more adult Garland
segue to the younger, more youthful sounding 1939 Garland.
Decca would be the first to settle with the union in late 1943.
By that time, Judy had signed another contract to record another
for the label, which would result in the second Garland "Cast Album", this time
for her final co-starring role with Mickey Rooney, Girl Crazy (MGM 1943).