THE DISC & RECORDINGS:
the first "Original Soundtrack Album" ever released. Previously,
RCA Records had released a few songs from Disney's Snow
White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) on 78. Those discs were never considered
to be the "soundtrack album" of music from that film, just
a few highlights. Prior to that, a couple of discs featuring
some of Max Steiner's score for RKO's King Kong (1933) had
been released as
"commemorative" records when the film was premiered. These
were crude discs with Steiner's score abruptly ending when
that side of the 78 reached its end!
Although by no means a complete representation of the entire soundtrack for Clouds,
this M-G-M Records release inaugurated their soundtracks division and paved the
way for soundtracks of most MGM Musicals released afterwards. Due to the limitations
of the 78 "albums" of the day, and also the time constraints of the 78rpm records themselves,
most of the songs on M-G-M Records soundtrack albums are abridged versions of
those heard in the films themselves. It wouldn't be until the late 1960's through
the early 1980's that companies would release bootleg "complete" soundtracks
to many of MGM's best musicals.
Naturally Till The Clouds Roll By would be re-released by M-G-M Records
years, and Judy's two numbers represented here would be included in most of the
compilations of songs from her films. After
"exclusive" for M-G-M Records until her departure from the studio in
Judy filmed her sequences for Clouds just after her honeymoon with husband
Vincente Minnelli. Her sequences were directed by Minnelli, even though the rest
film was directed by Richard Whorf. After the filming of her sequences was completed in the fall of 1945, Judy would take a full year
off from filmmaking - her first real vacation since the late 1930's - to give
birth to daughter Liza Minnelli. Judy would later relate how she found it amusing
while filming the "Who" number, running around asking the musical question "Who?"
I personally feel that Judy's sequences in Clouds best present "Judy
Garland the premier MGM musical leading lady." She looks wonderful, sounds great,
glows with happiness. Not surprising, as she was pregnant with Liza at the time she filmed her numbers.
on this page from the collections of Scott Brogan and Eric Hemphill.