Judy Garland / James Mason

A Star Is Born [Prism]

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In September 1954, coincident with the opening of the film, Columbia Records released a soundtrack album for the Judy Garland-starring remake of A Star Is Born, featuring the Academy Award-nominated Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin song "The Man That Got Away" and the lengthy medley "Born in a Trunk." Columbia marked the 50-year anniversary of the film with an expanded reissue of the soundtrack album. But the half-century marker had another meaning: in Europe, the album went out of copyright and into the public domain. Hence, the British label Prism Leisure is within its rights to issue this unlicensed version. It begins with the seven tracks that made up the original LP (among them "Here's What I'm Here For" and "Lose That Long Face," which were cut from the film soon after it opened). That takes up over 37 minutes of the disc's running time, followed by nearly 25 minutes of bonus tracks. These are studio recordings (originally released on Decca Records, but now also in the public domain in Europe) by Garland of songs from other films of hers, including The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Harvey Girls. Thus, the album constitutes something of a best-of-Judy Garland collection covering the period 1939 to 1954.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:46 Amazon
2 03:39 Amazon
3 14:20 Amazon
4 03:13 Amazon
5 02:44 Amazon
6 06:46 Amazon
7 03:59 Amazon
8 02:48 Amazon
02:53 Amazon
02:29 Amazon
02:36 Amazon
feat: George Stoll
02:39 Amazon
feat: George Stoll
03:06 Amazon
02:50 Amazon
02:11 Amazon
03:08 Amazon
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