Picks and Pans Review: Judy Garland
The Complete Decca Masters (Plus)
Fans of the former Frances Gumm have a feast set before them in this 90-song assemblage encompassing the years 1936-1947. This is Garland when she was glorious, a voice combining youthful exuberance and exhilaration and unforced torchiness. The phrasing is easy and natural, the sound pure radiance. There are plenty of gold nuggets here, like "The Jitterbug," a terrifically impish little ditty that was unaccountably excised from The Wizard of Oz. Best are the original soundtrack recordings from The Harvey Girls and Meet Me in St. Louis. Listen to "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from the former and hold on to your hat. Listen to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from the latter and just try holding on to your heart. (MCA)
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