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Judy Garland - A Star Is Born

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
05/18/2004
Artist
Judy Garland
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Columbia
Duration
01:18:00

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The 1954 remake of A Star Is Born, starring Judy Garland, marked a major cinematic comeback for the actress, her first film since being dropped by MGM in 1950 and a major box-office hit that earned her an Academy Award nomination. The soundtrack album, which, in its initial release, consisted solely of Garland vocal performances (two of them, "Here's What I'm Here For" and "Lose That Long Face," cut from the film shortly after it opened), marked another kind of comeback for her. As with her film career, it was her first recording since 1950's Summer Stock soundtrack to achieve commercial success; it peaked at number four on Billboard's LP chart and never went out of print over the next 50 years, with this expanded version released in 1988 and an even longer one in 2004. In its original version, it consisted of seven tracks, six of them written by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin. Five of those are good tunes, but one, the Oscar-nominated torch song "The Man That Got Away," became a standard and a signature song for Garland. The other highlight of the album is the 15-minute "Born in a Trunk" medley, a virtual musical autobiography that seems to refer as much to Garland herself as to the character she plays in the movie. Leonard Gershe and an uncredited Roger Edens (Garland's longtime associate who had written much special material for her in the past and could not be named because he was still under contract at MGM) assembled it and wrote connective material, resulting in a tour de force. This 1988 reissue differs from the original one in three ways. First, it adds a two-minute "Overture"; second, unlike the original, which consisted of the studio prerecordings without any of the added film sound effects, this one does have sound effects and therefore comes closer to what the actual film soundtrack sounded like; and third, unlike every previous release, it is in true stereo. ~ William Ruhlmann

1) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Overture - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (02:05)
2) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Night of the Stars: The Show Heindorf) / Why (Swanstrom, Davis, Coots) / Salute to the Lions (Sears - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (01:41)
3) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Gotta Have Me Go With You - Judy Garland / Jack Harmon / Ray Heindorf / Don McKabe / Warner Bros. Orchestra (03:41)
4) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Norman at Home - Gotta Have Me Go With You (Outtake) - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (02:39)
5) Pasion Oriental (used in the film A Star is Born, 1954) - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (02:52)
6) A Star is Born (1954), film score~The Man That Got Away - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Tommy Noonan / Warner Bros. Orchestra (06:25)
7) Cheatin' On Me - Hoyt Bohannon / Buddy Cole / Nick Fatool / Judy Garland / Babe Russin (02:23)
8) A Star is Born (1954), film score~I'm Quitting the Band... - The Man That Got Away (Partial Outtake) - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (01:40)
9) A Star is Born (1954), film score~The Man That Got Away (Instrumental Version - Partial Outtake) - Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (05:04)
10) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Esther in the Boarding House - The Man That Got Away (Partial Outtake) - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (02:30)
11) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Oliver Niles Studio - Lose That Long Face - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (00:40)
12) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Esther's Awful Makeup - The Man That Got Away - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (01:48)
13) A Star is Born (1954), film score~First Day in the Studio - The Man That Got Away - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (00:48)
14) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Born in a Trunk (Medley): Swanee (Gershwin, Caesar) / Born in a Trunk (Gershe) / I'll Get By (Turk, - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (15:09)
15) Easy Come, Easy Go - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (01:55)
16) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Here's What I'm Here For - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (03:11)
17) A Star is Born (1954), film score~The Honeymoon - The Man That Got Away / It's a New World - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (01:30)
18) A Star is Born (1954), film score~It's a New World - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (02:29)
19) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Someone At Last - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Mason, James / Warner Bros. Orchestra (06:46)
20) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Lose That Long Face - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (03:58)
21) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Norman Overhears the Conversation - It's A New World - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (02:08)
22) A Star is Born (1954), film score~It's A New World (Alternate Take) - Judy Garland (01:52)
23) A Star is Born (1954), film score~The Last Swim - The Man That Got Away (Outtake) - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (01:38)
24) A Star is Born (1954), film score~Finale - End Credits - Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (01:41)
25) When My Sugar Walks Down the Street (from the musical 'Grab Bag') - Jack Baker / Judy Garland / Ray Heindorf / Warner Bros. Orchestra (00:32)
26) The Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo Commercial (for the 1954 version of "A Star Is Born") - Judy Garland (00:55)

Album
A Star Is Born
Publisher
Sbme Special Mkts.
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
A Star Is Born | Judy Garland