From the word go this cd is beyond belief! This isn't just any singer, it's Judy Garland wearing her heart on her sleeve and singing like a nightingale. Many of the recordings are extremely rare, 'Bill' (Thanks Jute's For Singing This To Me - lol) & 'On The Good Ship Lollypop', and have been wonderfully restored.
The other 'Worlds Greatest Entertainer' AL JOLSON called her a Miracle Of Song.
Given that he loved himself so much (and rightly so) this was indeed praise from the Master
I have many favourites here but the one that really stands out for me personally is the wonderful 'Long Ago & Far Away'. This melody just melts my heart as it was recorded live on radio during world war two and you can really sense the emotion not just from Judy but from the audience too. The duets with Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra are enchanting although I do have to tell you that the Sinatra duo has been released elsewhere with better sound.
I have recently encountered a few people who believe that Miss Garland had a limited singing range. Not so (checked it out)! Judy's voice lay somewhere between a Contralto (latterly) and an Alto which means that she sounded lower in pitch than the likes of contemporary singers like Lena Horne or Barbra Striesand who sang Soprano but her range wasn't less than theirs but just set at a slightly lower register - like Frida & Agnetha from ABBA. Judy's voice was high and lower at times but certainly no less compelling than any of her friends - Peggy Lee, Barbra Striesand, Ella Fitzgerald etc. When she got older her voice deepened and became richer, stronger, and more dynamic. Soprano's seem to be the in thing these days for sure but nobody could/can ever quite match the Garland touch, no matter the lenth of the note or the high C, because sometimes the song means more when it comes from the heart, warts and all. Judy didn't have the benefits of today's studio recording techniques but still manages to sound as good as anyone around today - and because her heart was in her voice and her love shone thru for her fans. That's why she is the best!