My Favourite Scores – 1939


  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Herbert Stothart / Harold Arlen / Edgar Y. Harburg
  • Rhino Movie Music / 1995 / 130:33

“We’re Off To See The Wizard”, “If I Were King of The Forest”, “Over The Rainbow”, the list goes on. Rhino’s 2 CD “Deluxe Edition” gives you as much as you could ask for when it comes to the music for this iconic film. Outtakes, extended versions and alternate versions as well as all the well-known pieces are here. What this release highlights that there’s so much more to the music than just the iconic songs. For example, one of the things that has always stuck in my mind is Miss Gulch’s theme. Immediately memorable!

Listening to it again now, all the various themes/song melodies are weaved throughout the score to build to almost 2 hours that just flies by. The 2 CD version can be a bit excessive with all the various alternate & partial takes but it’s a loving reproduction of the score. There’s a great booklet that comes with this release that makes for an excellent score.

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