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Above: The original 1945 Decca "Original Cast Album"
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lasermag2The Harvey Girls was the third and last of Judy's Decca cast albums. What makes this album even more special is the care with which Decca took to emulate the performances in the film. Most of the film's cast was involved, including Kenny Baker and the wonderful Virginia O'Brien. The arrangements were identical to those used in the film because Decca brought in MGM's Musical Director Lennie Hayton and Vocal Arranger Kay Thompson to repeat the work they had done for the soundtrack prerecordings.

Judy recorded a couple of different versions of "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" for this Decca cast album. On May 15, 1945, she and the "Kay Thompson Chorus" recorded a two-part version of the song. Part 1 was the "choral intro" and Part 2 was Judy's intro through the end of the song. Judy sang "What A Lovely Trip" as in the film. It ended as it does in the film with Judy and the chorus repeating the song title 3 times. This Part 2 was considered unusable, so Judy came back and re-recorded this section on September 10, 1945. This re-recorded version begins with Judy singing "What A Lovely Day" and ends without the repeated tag on the song's title line. When the cast album was released, only Judy's re-recorded Part 2 from that second session was included. Part-one of the song remained unreleased until it was discovered and included in the 1994 CD boxed set "Judy Garland - The Complete Decca Masters (plus)."

However, and just to make things more confusing, when Decca began to re-release Judy's songs on LP in the 50s, they used the original, rejected version of Part 2 (from 05-15-1945). The originally released (on this 78) September 10, 1945 version remained unreleased on American LP until 1984 when Decca included it on the LP "From The Decca Vaults" (MCA-907).

On July 7, 1945 while on her honeymoon with Vincente Minnelli in New York City, Judy recordedyet another, more 40's style version of "Atchison" with The Merry Macs for release as a single.

There was no original soundtrack album of the film until an LP was released by Hollywood Soundstage in 1980. This version was redorded directly from the soundtrack of the film. Prior to that, a heavily abridge version of "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" was released on the That's Entertainment! soundtrack in 1974. That version was mixed into stereo from the original pre-recording "stems" whiich was an early form of multi-track recording used by MGM to make balanced mono tracks in those pre-stereo years. The outtakes "Hayride," "My Intuition," and "March of the Doagies" released on the 1976 "Cut! Outtakes from Hollywood's Greatest Musicals" LP. The pre-recording sessions were first released on the alternat audio tracks of the 1994 laserdisc "Judy Garland - The Golden Years at MGM." The complete soundtrack, including outtakes and background score, was released on CD in 1996 by Rhino Records.

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Above: 1976 Outtakes LP; front and back of the 1980 LP; 1996 CD

The Harvey Girls was always popular on home video The following are some examples of the various home video releases.

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