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Fred Astaire - Songs From the Movies 1930s & 40s
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Fred Astaire - Songs From the Movies 1930s & 40s

This CD features 25 wonderful songs from Fred Astaire's greatest movies. Astaire was not merely the greatest dancer the screen has ever seen, he also introduced more great classic songs than any other performer.

"I'm a 36 year old music fan in New York and in the past few weeks have ordered and promptly received Fascinating Rhythm, Fred Astaire, Duke Ellington, Gershwin's Symphonic work and Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grapelli from you. What fantastic CDs! Your song selections and liner notes are superb and the quality and pristine sound of the music is quite amazing. Thanks for doing what you do. I plan to tell friends about your products and order more for myself." Mitch, USA

Track Listing

  1. No Strings
  2. Isn't It A Lovely Day?
  3. Top Hat, White Tie & Tails
  4. Cheek To Cheek
  5. The Piccolino
  6. We Saw The Sea
  7. Let Yourself Go
  8. I'd Rather Lead A Band
  9. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
  10. Let's Face The Music And Dance
  11. Pick Yourself Up
  12. The Way You Look Tonight
  13. A Fine Romance
  14. Bojangles Of Harlem
  15. Never Gonna Dance
  16. Beginner's Luck
  17. Slap That Bass
  18. Let's Call The Whole thing Off
  19. They Can't take That Away From Me
  20. Shall We Dance?
  21. I Can't Be Bothered Now
  22. Things Are looking Up
  23. A Foggy Day
  24. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  25. They All Laughed

Features

Fred Astaire's film musicals are amongst the finest of them all and these songs are amongst the best ever written. Nobody has yet sung them with the same style of elegance of Fred Astaire.

  • The Best Of Fred Astaire
  • From The Gay Divorcee; Flying Down To Rio & more
  • Let's Face The Music And Dance ....
  • With classic Movie Music from Gershwin & Porter
  • 'Cheek to Cheek' & 'A Fine Romance'

Cover Notes

"For composers and lyricists from Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart to Barry Manilow, the name of Fred Astaire is an apt metaphor for all that is graceful and stylish in the world of Broadway, the West End and Hollywood. Fred was not merely the greatest dancer the screen has ever seen, he also introduced more great classic songs than any other performer.

Fred was born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska on 10th May 1899. His sister Adele was the older of the two (born 18th September 1896). Both displayed a notable talent for performing, and in 1906, after training in New York, they made their debut in Keyport. The Astaires scored great personal success in 'The Passing Show of 1918'.

The Astaires came to London to repeat their Broadway success in 'For Goodness Sake' renamed 'Stop Flirting' for British audiences. A year later, their first Gershwin musical 'Lady Be Good' enjoyed huge success as did the follow up 'Funny Face'. Both were recorded in London with the participation of the composer George Gershwin himself. The last show in which the Astaires appeared together was a lavish and successful revue, 'The Band Wagon'. Adele Astaire then retired from the stage, and married the second son of the Duke of Devonshire.

Isn't It A Lovely Day lyrics:

The thunder and lightning
Seem to be having their way
But as far as I'm concerned
It's a lovely day.
The turn in the weather
Will keep us together
So I can honestly say
That as far as I'm concerned
It's a lovely day and everythings ok.

(chorus)
Isn't this a lovely day to be caught in the rain?
You were going on your way
Now you've got to remain.
Just as you were going
Leaving me all at sea
The clouds broke, they broke
And oh what a break for me.
I can see the sun up high
Though we're caught in a storm.
I can see where you and I could be cozy and warm.
Let the rain pitter patter
But it really doesn't matter
If the skies are grey.
Long as I can be with you
It's a lovely day.

Customer Testimonials

  • "I can only marvel at the quality of the recordings, quality on a par with much later recordings of other companies - superb is the only adjective I can apply to your product. Thank you again for a great product and the service you supply, long may you reign!" Mr R, West Yorkshire

    "To be honest, I was amazed at the clarity and sound of the CD - I just had to stop what I was doing and sit and listen as I felt that I was back with my parents listening to the wireless …" Mr L, London

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    Availability: Guaranteed In-Stock
    Product Code: PPCD78115
    Quantity: Now Only 6.00 ($8.66)