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Best of the Decca Years
Title:
THE BEST OF THE DECCA YEARS
VOLUME ONE - HITS!
Category:
Vocal
Label:
Decca MCA Records
Catalog Number:
MCA-31345
Release Date:
1989
Type:
CD
Discs:
1
Length:
39:58
Availability:
Out of print
Best of Decca
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BoxABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:

This was the first "official" Decca CD compilation of Judy's Decca recordings to hit the market. The sound quality is very good. According to the booklet, the tracks were "digitally transferred from original Decca metal parts transfers".

The booklet is well done with a nice essay about Judy by Max Preeo. Although this is "out of print" it can still be found on eBay and is still listed with Amazon. The booklet, as with previous LP releases, mistakenly lists this version of "On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe" as the 09-10-1945 re-recorded version, although it's actually the rejected 05-15-1945 version that Decca mistakenly released on LP in the 1950's and beyond as the originally released (on 78) 09-10-1945 version. See the "Complete List Of Judy's Decca Recordings" page for a better explanation.

All of these songs (Except "On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe") can also be found on the 1994 MCA (Decca) CD boxed set "Judy Garland - The Complete Decca Masters (plus)" (MCAD4/C4-11059/D 207185).

All images on this page from the collection of Scott Brogan.

CDs originally came packaged in large boxes, an effort to deter shoplifters. The packaging was discontinued in the early 1990's as it was seen as an obvious waste of resources. Click on the image at right to see the details of the box.


TRACK LISTING

Song Title
Performed with...
Time
Date Recorded
Master #
Dear Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You   3:11
09-24-1937
DLA 967-A
Over The Rainbow   2:48
07-28-1939
DLA 1840-A
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart   2:55
07-28-1939
DLA 1850-A
Embraceable You   2:50
10-16-1939
DLA 1869-A
I'm Nobody's Baby   2:52
04-10-1940
DLA 1972-A
Friendship Johnny Mercer 2:33
04-15-1940
DLA 1987-A
Our Love Affair   2:55
12-18-1940
DLA 2283-A
How About You?   2:59
10-24-1941
DLA 2798-A
For Me And My Gal Gene Kelly 2:29
07-26-1942
DLA 3140-A
The Boy Next Door   3:05
04-20-1944
L 3385-A
The Trolley Song   2:51
04-21-1944
L 3388-A
Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis   2:12
04-21-1944
L 3390-A
Yah-Ta-Ta, Yah-Ta-Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk) Bing Crosby 3:07
03-09-1945
L 3751-A
On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe   3:11 05-15-1945 L 3861-A



DISC CREDITS

Compiled by Max Preeo and Milt Gabler

Coordinated by Andy McKaie

Series Consultant: Milt Gabler

Art Direction: Vartan

Design: Junie Osaki

Photographs: Courtesy Frank Driggs Collection

Digitally transferred from original Decca metal parts transfers by Doug Schwartz, MCA Studios, North Hollywood, CA

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