September 23, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

Though her electrifying vitality was even more potent in later years, Garland was already a compelling performer when she cut ‘Swing Mister Charlie” in 1936 at 14. This four-CD set, covering 1936-1947, mixes classics like “Over the Rainbow” and “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart” with rarities of markedly uneven quality. (Judy Garland, 1936-1942-available my mail order from DCS, 800-323-5299–offers highlights from the same era in more vibrant sound.) A-

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