THE DISC & RECORDINGS:
one of the rarest of the early MGM soundtrack albums. Thank
you to Bruce for providing the cover scan and record details.
This is also the first time the still young M-G-M Records ever
released a compilation album featuring Judy. They would, of
course, produce many, many compilation albums throughout the
50's, 60's, 70's and into the 80's. What's interesting
about this compilation is that includes songs that M-G-M Records
would not include in subesequent compilations (i.e. the Van
Johnson & Jimmy Durante tracks).
This is also the first time that
we know of that M-G-M Records reached back to the pre-soundtrack
record era (pre-1946) and included an older pre-recording,
in this case the Kathryn Grayson track from the pre-recordings
to 1945's Anchors
Aweigh which was never officially released as a soundtrack. M-G-M Records would
eventually use several pre-soundtrack era recordings, but these
were usually directly from the soundtracks of the films themselves,
such as most of the pre-1946 Judy Garland tracks and the original
soundtrack of The
Wizard Of Oz,
notable exceptions being the outtakes of Garland's "Bei
Mir Bist Du Schoen" and "Danny Boy" which
were taken from the pre-recording masters. These can be found
the 1996 Rhino Records CD "Judy
Garland - Collector's Gems from the M-G-M Films" as
well as a plethora of out-of-print LPs such as 1962's "The
Judy Garland Story Vol. 2" and 1969 set
"The Golden Years at MGM".
on this page from the collections of Bruce.