This brief compilation contains ten Judy Garland recordings of songs Garland also sang in her movies, among them the hits "Over the Rainbow," "The Trolley Song," and "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe." Those tracks and two others are drawn from Garland's studio recordings made for Decca Records between 1937 and 1945; the other five tracks come from MGM Records soundtrack albums (still not identical to the actual film versions) originally released between 1946 and 1950. Annotator Paul Grein, however, tries to give the impression that all the recordings derive from the actual film soundtracks. Referring to "Over the Rainbow," for example, he writes, "In this version from The Wizard of Oz...." The song, of course, is from The Wizard of Oz; the version on this album is not. But then, Grein just doesn't seem well informed about this material. Referring to Garland's revival of the standard "You Made Me Love You," he writes, "'You Made Me Love You' has become a classic torch song, but it originated as a novelty piece, depicting a star-struck teenager's crush on the reigning screen idol of the '30s (Clark Gable)." No, it didn't. It originated in 1913 as a torch song, sung by Al Jolson, among others, and then was given a rewrite by Roger Edens to transform it into a novelty piece for Garland. The faulty liner notes aside, this album provides a short survey of some of Garland's most famous movie songs as originally heard on record.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann