Judy's "Star" shines like never before!
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 04/08/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This reissued remaster of A STAR IS BORN is a must-own for fans of the movie, and in particular those who were somewhat dissatified by the previous CD edition (CK 44389). That edition was great for offering us most of the main numbers in stereo/mono mix but was marred by poor analogue distortion and other remastering problems (though this was the best that could have been done at the time). This new edition (CK 65965) presents the entire score, including background and incidental sections as well as the cut material, in a sparkling new package.
The big bonus for getting this latest edition is for Garland's complete rendition of "The Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo Commercial" (without the overlapping dialogue of James Mason). This has been taken from a rare acetate master, so while the sound quality is not the best, having the number complete without interrupting dialogue is a more than ample compensation. You will notice too that "Lose That Long Face" has been newly mastered from a better stereo source (cutting out the thunder-crashes that were heard on the first CD master, and Garland's singing no longer has those violent analogue fluctuations during the introduction). "Gotta Have Me Go with You" is now presented without the screams and noises, in a new master from the mono soundtrack.
"When My Sugar Walks Down the Street", a section cut from the "Born in a Trunk" sequence, has been added as a bonus track. This sparkling-new STAR IS BORN reissue is a great tribute to what is most definitely Judy Garland's greatest hour on film."
Doesn't get much better than this!
Richard Emery | Hamilton, OH USA | 10/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can you say? This collection of music and musical cues from ASIB compiles -- FINALLY -- one of the best motion pictures ever to come from Hollywood. As Judy's daughter put in the first "That's Entertainment" movie, "Thank God for movies!" This documentation of the talented performers with whom we were blessed is a treasure for all succeeding generations.
Judy Garland fans need to snap up this CD if they don't have it already. If it were a vinyl album, the grooves on my copy would already be worn out from playing and re-playing!"