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Fred Astaire: The Early Years At RKO CD

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  • Artist: Fred Astaire
In conjunction with Turner Classic Movies Network, Masterworks presents: Fred Astaire The Early Years at RKO, a new 2-CD set that showcases Astaire’s vocal performances from the RKO films of the 1930s. If any performer symbolizes dapper spirit, sophisticated wit and suave romanticism, that performer is Fred Astaire. As a dancer, singer, and actor he was in a class by himself – and class is definitely the operative word where Astaire is concerned. In those early RKO movies – Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance – Astaire not only danced but sang, introducing now classic songs by the crème de la crème of American composers like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and George and Ira Gershwin. The Early Years at RKO compiles together more than 30 musical numbers he performed in those movies, in bright studio recordings with backing from the orchestras led by Leo Reisman, Ray Noble, and Johnny Green. The collection includes liner notes by “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein, as well as a rare alternate takes, and two performances by his most famous partner, Ginger Rogers. Like the star it celebrates, The Early Years at RKO is in a class by itself.

Track Listing
CD 1:

FLYING DOWN TO RIO

1. Music Makes Me
2. Flying Down To Rio

THE GAY DIVORCEE
3. Night And Day

TOP HAT
4. No Strings
5. Isn’t This A Lovely Day
6. Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
7. Cheek To Cheek
8. The Piccolino

FOLLOW THE FLEET
9. We Saw The Sea
10. Let Yourself Go

CAREFREE
11. I Used To Be Color Blind
12. The Yam
13. Change Partners

SWING TIME
14. Pick Yourself Up
15. The Way You Look Tonight
16. A Fine Romance
17. Bojangles Of Harlem
18. Never Gonna Dance

BONUS TRACKS:
19. AFine Romance - alternate take
20. Waltz In Swing Time

CD 2:

SHALL WE DANCE

1. (I’ve Got) Beginner’s Luck
2. Slap That Bass
3. They All Laughed
4. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
5. They Can’t Take That AwayFrom Me
6. Shall We Dance?

A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
7. I Can’t Be Bothered Now
8. Things Are Looking Up
9. A Foggy Day
10. Nice Work If You Can Get It
11. I’d Rather Lead A Band
12. I’m Putting All My Eggs InOne Basket
13. Let’s Face The Music And Dance

BONUS TRACKS:
14. They Can’t Take That AwayFrom Me - alternate take
15. The Yam Steps (as explained by Fred Astaire)
16. The Yam - Ginger Rogers withHal Borne and his orchestra
17. I Used To Be Color Blind - Ginger Rogers with Hal Borneand his orchestra
 
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