A Star Is Born [1954 Soundtrack] [1988 Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644438925
  • Catalog Number: 44389

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Warner Bros. Orchestra (2:04)
  2. 2 Gotta Have Me Go with You - Male Chorus (3:17)
  3. 3 The Man That Got Away - Tommy Noonan (4:37)
  4. 4 Born in a Trunk Medley: Swanee/I'll Get by/You Took Advantage of Me/B - Chorus (15:07)
  5. 5 Here's What I'm Here For - Chorus (3:09)
  6. 6 It's a New World (2:27)
  7. 7 Someone at Last - Chorus (6:41)
  8. 8 Lose That Long Face (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Heindorf Track Performer
Tommy Noonan Track Performer
Warner Bros. Orchestra Track Performer
Male Chorus Track Performer
Technical Credits
Judy Garland Liner Notes
Harold Arlen Composer
Ray Heindorf Musical Director
James Mason Contributor
Dorothy Parker Screenplay
Bob Carson Screenplay
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Tommy Noonan Contributor
Irving Bacon Contributor
Charles Bickford Contributor
Wilton Graff Contributor
Hazel Shermet Contributor
Irene Sharaff Art Direction
Amanda Blake Contributor
Alan Campbell Screenplay
Jack Carson Contributor
James Brown Contributor
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