Good Music, but No Extras
James A. White | Cookeville, TN United States | 08/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very good three-CD set of Garland's music, and I enjoyed it very much. While there are movie hits on here ("On the Atchison..., How About You?, etc.), they're alternate versions of the songs used in the movies, so it's not exactly like having the same song two or three times. There are several duets with Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, and the like, and most of these seem to be ones done for special promotions, outside of the movies, because the singers address each other by their real names. The sound quality is very good, and most of the songs are rather famous.
The only reason I didn't give this five stars if the lack of liner notes, a CD booklet, any information at all. All you get is a list of songs on the back on the jewel case with the composers. None of the male singers in the duets are identified (although it's fairly easy to determine who most of them are), and no dates are given for any of the songs. Judging simply from Garland's voice, they're all from her early career.
Basically, this CD is worth it because of the low, low price. You get many songs for not much money. Unfortunately, you don't get any extras."
Great songs - Great Young Judy
Cristina Sánchez Alonso | Zaragoza, Zaragoza Spain | 05/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most of the songs are from her Decca recordings. The only problem is that 5 or 6 don't sound really well and that Easter Parade is as it was shown in the film "That's Entertainment II" where they cut the chorus end. However, most of it sounds well and if you really like her you should have it, principally because it's worth at price."
A great 3 CD set of Judy's classics, mainly from Decca
Bradley Olson | Bemidji, MN United States | 01/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although you don't get any liner notes, etc. this set is worthwhile for any fan of 40s pop or Judy Garland's hits and movie songs, mostly from her Decca years, without having to spring for the Complete Decca Recordings boxed set on Decca. The music on it speaks for itself which ranges from her movie hits (Over The Rainbow, Meet Me In St. Louis, etc.) and her versions of songs such as Swanee, Embraceable You and other favorites. In fact, on some tracks you can hear the surface noise and hiss from the discs as too much noise reduction can actually do more harm than good to the sound of the music. The sound quality and the great music alone make this a 5 star set."