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4.0 out of 5 stars Over the rainbow, 26 Jan. 2011
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Marcia "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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How do you decide what makes a track qualify to be included in a compilation of the "Best of". Sometimes it is because of the mark of success in terms of sales of singles in the Pop charts. But that is not the case here with "The very Best of Judy Garland".
This "Best of" compilation is based on the most recognised songs associated with the legend that is Judy Garland.
However in the UK Judy did have just one hit single that is not included in this compilation. The single was "The man that got away". It is seems surprising that there were no more than one top 50 single for Judy in the UK chart but it doesn't matter because this compilation proves the quality of the performer and her repetoir of recordings.
The title of the compilation is predictably "Over the rainbow", the most famous song associated with Judy Garland. The ever lasting success of the movie "The Wizard of Oz" that this song comes from will cement this song as her most popular recording.
The song has gained a new generation of fans as the song has become absorbed into the contempory and modern repetoir of songs for todays singers thanks to the success of the unique version by Eva Cassidy in the 1990s. Here, on this compilation we get the original version by Judy as track one.
After that the compilation gets under way with a great selection of songs that span the long career of Judy Garland as both an Actress and singer.
There is the wonderful "zing went the strings of my heart" and the Benny Goodman classic "Stompin at the Savoy". And the romantic "You made me love you" taken from the film "Broadway Meleody". Judy also recorded some George Gershwin songs for the film "girl crazy" with "Embraceable you", "I got rhythm" and "but not for me". Then "Swanee" from the film "A star is born". Other familiar songs are Judy`s version of "on the sunny side of the street" and "for me and my girl", "that old black magic", "The trolly song" and "you`ll never walk alone" from Rodgers and Hammerstiens musical Carousel. Also of note there is the duet with Fred Astaire on "A couple of swells".
Most of the recordings date from the 1930s and 1940s and there are sound limitations of the period in these recordings. There is clear surpression of static interference on most tracks that were originally intended to appear on film and not for commercial release as records. And the digital mastering is very good on this interesting compilation.
This is a nice tribute to a legendary performer. It is a good compilation of the best and most popular songs by Judy Garland. There is some interesting inner sleeve notes and the presentational art work is colourful and appealing.
If you are looking for a slice of the career of Judy Garland then this is a wonderful collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present, 22 Mar. 2015
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely lovely, 28 May 2010
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C. P. Price (Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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A beautiful collection of songs that lift your heart, she had such a wonderful voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Oldie but Goodie, 6 Nov. 2013
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Norma Gunn (Cumbria, UK) - See all my reviews
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There are so many versions of this song, all lovely, but my group wanted a straight forward version we could sing along to. This version has not dated at all.
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