Kevin G. (kkg-ct) from NEW FAIRFIELD, CT Reviewed on 5/1/2017...
A trans generational hit. Any age relates , any background relates, and many happy inner children. Need to break the ice, throw on "If I were King of the Forest" or 'Only had a Brain'.....if nose is turned up then you have discovered another wicked witch. A true great from the Hollywood soundtrack from the classic period,superioe to any children soundtrack pre Little Mermaid.
John P. from MARANA, AZ Reviewed on 10/10/2011...
"We'reeeeee OFF to see the Wizarrrrrrd!!!" Ok, that sounds hokey but the truth is anyone old enough to have remembered seeing the Wizard of Oz knows the songs from that movie were Iconic. Follow the yellow brick road, If I only had a brain, If I were King of the forest, and the rest are songs that lifted a weary depression era america into a momentary glimpse of whimsy and sunshine. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone.
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Kindra K. from SAN ANTONIO, TX Reviewed on 9/18/2011...
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Classic "Wizard of Oz" music makes me feel 8 again!
Alex G. Thompson | West Palm Beach, Florida USA | 12/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are probably few people in the world who love this classic motion picture more than I do and hearing this beautifully recorded soundtrack brought back so many wonderful memories and tears to my eyes as I sang along and listened to them again. I have waited years for someone to record an album with JUST the songs and not with the accompanying dialogue and this is it! I admit I was leary of the title "Selections" from the "Wizard of OZ," figuring that it might have some of the better known songs: "Over the Rainbow," "Off to see the Wizard," If I only had a brain, ...heart, ...courage, so imagine my surprise when EVERY song I remember was on the disk, even extended versions of songs and songs never heard or seen because they were cut from the movie before its release in 1939. I first saw the movie in 1955 at a drive-in movie (does that date me or what?) and immediately fell in love with it and Judy too. (Who wouldn't fall in love with her?). It has been my favorite ever since! I know the dialogue and songs by heart so It's so great that the music is from the original score too and not redone my someone else or a shortened version of them. Anyone who loves the "Wizard of Oz" has got to buy this CD!! Gratefully, Alex Thompson."
Sound Quality was Good;All the Favorite Songs from the Movie
Alex G. Thompson | 09/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter has just discovered the Wizard of Oz and is enthralled. I was hesitant to purchase the soundtrack, given how the other reviews said the sound quality was poor. I don't know if they re-mixed the songs or what, but the sound quality on our CD is just fine -- it's equivalent in quality to the soundtrack on the DVD. The CD has all of the favorite songs from the movie, of course. I highly recommend it."
Almost Over the Rainbow
Bruce G. Silverman | Los Angeles, California | 09/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This version of The Wizard of Oz proves three things: 1) MGM may well have been the Tiffany's of movie studios back in the 30's, but their sound department was pretty primitive; 2) Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg were a stupendous team and Herbert Stothart (MGM's music director) was a darned good arranger; 3) Judy Garland was a miracle.
Hiss, scratches, pops and limited sonic range notwithstanding, you can't beat this recording to provide the essence of the movie. Judy and her fellow cast members (especially Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley) are just wonderful.
The album notes don't point it out, but there's an interesting "extra" performer on many tracks: Buddy Ebsen. Ebsen was cast as the Tin Man (without a heart), and worked for about a week on the film before becoming desperately ill as a result of the toxic aluminum powder that was ground into his makeup. When it was clear that Ebsen wasn't going to recover quickly, he was replaced by Haley. (The makeup formula was replaced, too!) But Ebsen's voice, which had been pre-recorded for performance playback, appears on a number of tracks on this recording."
CW | Washington, DC | 06/23/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked this CD (5 stars) because of a number of things. #1- It's a condensed version of the boxed set, and perfect for a CD when you're in a time pinch. #2-It has a cheaper price than that of the Boxed set (although you should still get the box set), and you have the core songs of the 1939 movie."
A fantastic soundtrack with great sound quality
iamjoey | Kentucky, USA | 01/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't get why other reviews bash the sound quality. I think it's just fine, myself. But oh well.I previously owned this soundtrack on cassette tape in a few incarnations, most recently this version, which was my favorite. But sadly, I've lost them all. But now I finally own it on CD, and I couldn't be happier. Extended versions, outtakes, and the classics we all know and love. Just like the purple sticker on the packaging says, it is "the most beloved movie of all time."However, I do have some beef with this soundtrack, which is why it is rated only four stars instead of five. All 26 tracks clock in at a total of a measly 39 minutes. Considering most CDs hold at least 74 minutes, and there was so much music, including extended versions and outtakes, they could have crammed a bit more onto this disc, including more outtakes, such as the score from a deleted scene where the Wicked Witch of the West actually turned the Tin Man into a beehive as she'd threatened earlier in the film. Let's hope one day there's a single-disc Special Edition with more music or a reissue of the double-disc deluxe edition with all the music. But I guess they wanted people to buy the deluxe edition, and putting too much on the single-disc version could have talked people out of buying it.All in all, while I would have liked for there to be more music, but for the reasonable price you pay, you get all the songs, digitally-remastered, with extended versions and outtakes. A must-have for your CD collection if you don't want to shell out money for the double-disc edition on eBay or Amazon or spend time searching in stores for it, but want the soundtrack."