Picks and Pans Review: From the Decca Vaults
Of the 10 seldom-heard tracks on this LP, seven came from Broadway musicals or were originally written for movies, most of them featuring Garland. All the tunes were recorded from 1939 to 1946, before that penetrating sense of tragedy and world-weariness began taking over Garland's voice, for better or worse. This is the upbeat Judy, especially in a sprightly, endearing duet with Johnny Mercer (a unique, gravelly voiced singer as well as a great pop composer) on Cole Porter's Friendship. There's also a poignant version of I'm Always Chasing Rainbows. (MCA)
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