In 1943, about seven years or so after she
made her first motion picture for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,
Judy Garland quietly slipped out of endearing
little girl roles to put on the mask of young
leading woman. Hardly anyone noticed the transition.
Nevertheless, she immediately began to serve
notice that she could and would carry any vehicle
virtually single-handed, and that co-starred
or not, it would be Judy Garland alone who
would be best-remembered by the movie audience.
This opening paragraph to the liner
notes on this album written by Robert Kotlowitz,
Senior Editor, "Show", best describes
the theme of this album. All of the tracks
are "adult" Garland solos from M-G-M Records
albums. It would be another year before M-G-M
Records would begin releasing Judy's solos
from the pre-soundtrack album era.
This compilation is nicely packaged in the "gate-fold" style,
with a nice collage of photos, including a photo from Judy's
non-singing role in The Clock (1945). Oddly enough,
the facing photo on the other side of the inside of the album
is a promotional photo from Judy's 1954, post-MGM, Warner
Bros. film A Star Is Born. The cover photo is Judy in concert,
obviously M-G-M Records was capitalizing on Judy's career
renaissance of the early 1960's by trying to appeal to the
public's then-current image of her.