May 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Collection: Judy Garland
21 Hollywood Hits
NIMBUS NI 2004 [66:41]
Purchase from: Crotchet  Amazon USA

Over the rainbow.
Stompin' at the Savoy.
Swing Mr Charlie.
You made me love you.
You can't have everything.
All God's Chillun got rhythm.
In Between.
Oceans Apart.
I'm Nobody's Baby.
Singin' in the rain.
It's a great day for the Irish.
Minne from Trinidad.
Chin Up Cheerio Carry On!.
FDR Jones.
How About You?
Hoe Down.
On the Sunny Side of the Street.
I'm always chasing rainbows

This second release, by Nimbus, this month, of golden oldies brilliantly refurbished, from 78s, into very good quality modern digital stereo sound, is devoted to some 20 numbers by a young Judy Garland (1922-1969) in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The recordings come from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and from Decca. She signed with MGM in 1935 and with Decca in 1937. The two concurrent contracts allowed her to make soundtrack recordings at MGM and commercial ones at Decca, often of the same songs.

This collection includes many favourites such as ‘Over the Rainbow’ (The Wizard of Oz); ‘Swing, Mr Charlie’; ‘Friendship’; ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street’; (I Love New York in June) ‘How About You’; ‘You Can’t Have Everything’; (Dear Mr Gable) ‘You made Me Love You’ and ‘It’s a Great Day for the Irish’. Judy’s great sincerity shines through them all. One can only admire in wonderment, Judy’s vast expressive powers – so very apparent when you saw her on the screen. Listen, for instance to her singing ‘Chin Up, Cheerio, Carry On!’ – what pride and encouragement she must have given the troops when they heard this song in the dark days of 1941, and yet you can also hear a tinge of sorrow at the thought of their departure. Judy lived all her songs, she was a real dramatic singer in the literal sense of the word.

The packaging is excellent with informed notes by Lawrence Schulman and a full description of each song by Max O. Preeo, Editor of Show Music.

For Judy fans, heartily recommended


Ian Lace


Ian Lace

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