C.C. Productions

Wizard of Oz [Highlights From]

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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

"C.C. Productions Perform Highlights From the Film The Wizard of Oz," proclaims the album cover, adding "Gaiety! Glory! Glamour!" What's inside is hardly so spectacular, however. First up are two versions of "Over the Rainbow," one billed as "Over the Rainbow Overture," although what it really is a competent solo recording of the famous song sung by some anonymous female singer, with no overture at all, followed by a choral version. A re-creation of the "Munchkinland" segment of the film, plus renditions of "If I Only Had a Brain," "If I Only Had a Heart," "If I Only Had the Nerve," and "We're Off to See the Wizard" sung by unknown singers follow. And then there's the instrumental "Ballet," which the songwriting credits say was composed by "Unidentified." But "Unidentified" sounds a lot like Tchaikovsky, and the music derives from The Nutcracker! A minute or so of "The Merry Old Land of Oz" ensues, followed by another track said to have been written by "Unidentified," "Evening Star," which is actually a 1920s Tin Pan Alley song penned by Roy Turk and Fred E. Ahlert and recorded back then by Paul Whiteman. What is such music doing on an album of highlights from the film score to The Wizard of Oz, you ask? Taking up space on a disc that still runs less than 28 minutes, that's what.