Fred Astaire: Classic Songs From The Movies 1930s & 40s

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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. 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.
“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

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TRACK LIST

  1. No Strings Fred Astaire 0:30
  2. Isn't This A Lovely Day? Fred Astaire 0:30
  3. Top Hat, White Tie & Tails Fred Astaire 0:30
  4. Cheek To Cheek Fred Astaire 0:30
  5. The Piccolino Fred Astaire 0:30
  6. We Saw The Sea Fred Astaire 0:30
  7. Let Yourself Go Fred Astaire 0:30
  8. I' Rather Lead A Band Fred Astaire 0:30
  9. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket Fred Astaire 0:30
  10. Let's Face The Music & Dance Fred Astaire 0:30
  11. Pick Yourself Up Fred Astaire 0:30
  12. The Way You Look Tonight Fred Astaire 0:30
  13. A Fine Romance Fred Astaire 0:30
  14. Bojangles Of Harlem Fred Astaire 0:30
  15. Never Gonna Dance Fred Astaire 0:30
  16. Beginner's Luck Fred Astaire 0:30
  17. Slap That Bass Fred Astaire 0:30
  18. They All Laughed Fred Astaire 0:30
  19. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off Fred Astaire 0:30
  20. They Can't Take That Away From Me Fred Astaire 0:30
  21. Shall We Dance? Fred Astaire 0:30
  22. I Can't Be Bothered Now Fred Astaire 0:30
  23. Things Are Looking Up Fred Astaire 0:30
  24. A Foggy Day Fred Astaire 0:30
  25. Nice Work If You Can Get It Fred Astaire 0:30

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.

  • Fred Astaire’s Film Musicals Are Amongst The Finest Of Them All
  • From, The Gay Divorcee; Flying Down To Rio & more
  • Broadway, The West End And Hollywood
  • 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.

 

REVIEWS

2 reviews for Fred Astaire: Classic Songs From The Movies 1930s & 40s

  1. Mr L

    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 …

  2. Mr Eric Alston, Clitheroe

    By the way I must say the quality of your CDs  is absolutely marvellous. Just been listening to the Fred Astaire cd and it is truly unbelieveable quality

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