The Harvey Girls, starring Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger and Angela Lansbury, depicted the gradual civilizing of the Southwest, this time in the form of Fred Harvey, Sr.'s restaurant chain and philosophy. Not to leave it at that, of course, the film also had love stories, romantic interludes, grand vistas, and huge production numbers. The result might have been thin in terms of straightforward plot, but it did serve as the vehicle for some wonderful music. This album compiles all of the available material, including underscore, and tacks on a handful of supplemental tracks, including an alternate end title piece. As always, the booklet includes copious notes about the film, the production, and the music. This is another gorgeous release, with some very welcome stereo mixes from the existing MGM angles -- the production work on these soundtrack releases continues to be astonishing.
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AllMusic Review by Steven McDonald