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Over the Rainbow: The Very Best of Judy Garland

Over The Rainbow: The Very Best Of Judy Garland


Unlike most musical film stars, Judy Garland maintained a healthy career as a recording artist separate from her duties at the film studios. Of course, many of the songs she recorded were ones she also performed in her films. But Decca Records, which had unusually close ties to Hollywood and Broadway, recorded her regularly from 1936 to 1947, and she scored a series of record hits for the label, beginning with her signature song, "Over the Rainbow," in 1939. The 90 masters she recorded for Decca have been reissued often over the years, of course, but this 20-track compilation can claim to be, as the press release accompanying it notes, the first full-length, front-line (i.e., full-price) single CD compilation of the recordings. Included are all of Garland's hits of the first half of the '40s as measured on Billboard magazine's best-seller charts of the period: "I'm Nobody's Baby," the '20s song she sang in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante; "For Me and My Gal," the 1917 song she sang with Gene Kelly in the film of the same name; "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis; "Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk)," a novelty duet with Bing Crosby; and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from The Harvey Girls. Also included are her customized version of "You Made Me Love You," which brought her attention in Broadway Melody of 1938; "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," which she used to audition at MGM in 1935; and three Gershwin songs from Girl Crazy. The result is a reasonable selection of highlights of the Decca material, though one must question the inclusion of two alternate takes (of "Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"). A single-disc best-of is not the place to include inferior, if interesting, rarities. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Greenfield
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  • Label: MCA (USA)
  • UPC: 008811269128
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Track listings

  • 1. Over The Rainbow
  • 2. Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You
  • 3. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
  • 4. Our Love Affair
  • 5. I'm Nobody's Baby
  • 6. Friendship
  • 7. It's A Great Day For The Irish
  • 8. How About You?
  • 9. F.D.R. Jones
  • 10. Blues In The Night
  • 11. For Me And My Gale
  • 12. Embraceable You
  • 13. But Not For Me
  • 14. I Got Rhythm
  • 15. Boy Next Door, The
  • 16. Trolley Song, The
  • 17. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Alternate Take)
  • 18. On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe
  • 19. Yah Ta Ta, Yah Ta Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk) (Alternate Take)
  • 20. Love
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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