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Fred Astaire: The Early Years At RKO CD

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In conjunction with Turner Classic Movies Network, Masterworks presents: Fred Astaire The Early Years at RKO, a new 2-CD set that showcases Astaireís 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 Ė and class is definitely the operative word where Astaire is concerned. In those early RKO movies Ė Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance Ė 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 ďThe Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,Ē 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. Isnít 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. (Iíve Got) Beginnerís Luck
2. Slap That Bass
3. They All Laughed
4. Letís Call The Whole Thing Off
5. They Canít Take That AwayFrom Me
6. Shall We Dance?

A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
7. I Canít Be Bothered Now
8. Things Are Looking Up
9. A Foggy Day
10. Nice Work If You Can Get It
11. Iíd Rather Lead A Band
12. Iím Putting All My Eggs InOne Basket
13. Letís Face The Music And Dance

BONUS TRACKS:
14. They Canít 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
Technical Specs
  • Artist: Fred Astaire
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4.6

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Pros

  • Can listen over and over (26)
  • Great lyrics (22)
  • Uplifting (20)
  • Hit songs (19)
  • Relaxing (13)

Cons

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5.0

Beautiful music

By Norm

from Phila. PA. area

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Pros

  • Can Listen Over And Over
  • Great Lyrics
  • Hit Songs
  • Relaxing
  • Uplifting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anytime
    • At Home
    • Gift
    • In The Car

    Comments about this product:

    One of my favorite cd's

     
    4.0

    Exactly What I Expected

    By Saxy Ri

    from Long Island, NY

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    Pros

    • Great Lyrics
    • Hit Songs

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anytime
      • At Home
      • Gift
      • In The Car

      Comments about this product:

      If you are a fan of Fred and Ginger movies and the music in them you won't be disappointed with this CD. The tracks are right from the movies.

       
      5.0

      Lots of fun, great music!

      By Dogwalker Jeff

      from Chicago

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      Pros

      • Can Listen Over And Over
      • Great Lyrics
      • Hit Songs
      • Uplifting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anytime
        • At Home
        • Gift
        • In The Car

        Comments about this product:

        Astaire can really deliver the songs of the great composers and lyricists.

         
        5.0

        Great Vintage Tunes

        By swapin.leather

        from Naples, FL

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        Pros

        • Can Listen Over And Over
        • Hit Songs

        Cons

        • None that I can think of

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about this product:

        Beautiful and well-annotated booklet by Michael Feinstein. Sound from the recordings, fully restored and very easy to listen to. Quite comprehensive in scope of music from the RKO period.

         
        5.0

        Pure Happiness & Joy!

        By clothes horse

        from Montana prairie

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        Pros

        • Can Listen Over And Over
        • Great Lyrics
        • Hit Songs
        • Relaxing
        • Uplifting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anytime
          • At Home
          • Gift
          • In The Car

          Comments about this product:

          How could I describe something that is perfect in every way? Besides the great songs, you hear Fred's tap dancing and are wooed into another time of dance and romance. Love this cd!

           
          4.0

          ...just what i expected...

          By del

          from lady's island, sc

          About Me Adult

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          Pros

          • It's Definitely Fred

          Cons

          • ZERO

          Best Uses

          • In The Car

          Comments about this product:

          ...i love older movies...i can take the movies along by listening to fred...

           
          4.0

          I'm in Heaven....

          By Soundtrack Lover

          from Portland, OR

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          • Can Listen Over And Over
          • Great Lyrics
          • Hit Songs
          • Uplifting

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            • Anytime

            Comments about this product:

            I'm glad it is a two disc set!! The more the better!!

             
            5.0

            So Enjoyable!

            By TCM Fan

            from Oklahoma

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            Pros

            • Can Listen Over And Over
            • Great Lyrics
            • Hit Songs
            • Relaxing
            • Uplifting

            Cons

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              • Anytime

              Comments about this product:

              Wonderful songs!

               
              4.0

              Listening to the Classics

              By Fred

              from Philadelphia, PA

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              • Can Listen Over And Over
              • Great Lyrics
              • Hit Songs
              • Relaxing
              • Uplifting

              Cons

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                • At Home

                Comments about this product:

                Enhances watching his videos.

                 
                3.0

                No dancing

                By rumba rogue

                from El Sobrante, CA

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                Pros

                • Great Lyrics

                Cons

                • Not What I Expected

                Best Uses

                • Anytime
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                Comments about this product:

                The dvd was not what I hoped for. Looking for Fred's dancing excerpts rather than his singing only. I would recommend only if a person wanted to hear him sing.

                 
                4.0

                I really liked it

                By Brent

                from Beebe, AR

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                    Comments about this product:

                    If you like the movies you will like the CD. You can watch the movies in your head while listening.

                     
                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By Love this music

                    from Canada

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                    • Can Listen Over And Over
                    • Great Lyrics
                    • Uplifting

                    Cons

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                      • Anytime

                      Comments about this product:

                      In the car and at work and at home

                       
                      4.0

                      Just about what I expected

                      By gollyoh

                      from Shallotte, NC

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Too Few Tracks

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                        • At Home
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                        Comments about this product:

                        wish a D VD would come out and show all the dance clips

                         
                        5.0

                        great music

                        By marvelous

                        from phila pa

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                          • In The Car

                          Comments about this product:

                          fred was not just a dancer

                           
                          5.0

                          Perfect Purchase

                          By Aly

                          from Pittsburgh, PA

                          About Me Young Adult

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                          Pros

                          • Can Listen Over And Over
                          • Great Lyrics
                          • Hit Songs
                          • Relaxing
                          • Uplifting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Anytime

                            Comments about this product:

                            Every song is amazing! Perfect selection of early Astaire

                             
                            5.0

                            Fred Astaire at His Best!!!

                            By Jesse Wayne

                            from Studio City, CA

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                            • Hit Songs
                            • Relaxing
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                                Comments about this product:

                                It doesn't get any better that this. Thank you TCM.

                                 
                                5.0

                                BLAST TO THE PAST

                                By BSJAZZ

                                from CHICAGO IL

                                About Me Adult, Retired Musician

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                                Pros

                                • Brings Us Back To That Pe
                                • Can Listen Over And Over
                                • Great Lyrics
                                • Hit Songs
                                • Relaxing
                                • Uplifting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • At Home

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  PLAY THE SET JUST TO RELAX AND SHUT OFF MY MIND

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Iwould buy this CD again

                                  By Bisket

                                  from lMetairie,Louisiana

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                                  Pros

                                  • Can Listen Over And Over
                                  • Great Lyrics

                                  Cons

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                                    • At Home
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                                    Comments about this product:

                                    No matter how down I feel, this CD makes me smile!

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Outstanding, my wife is thrilled with it

                                    By John

                                    from Riverton, NJ

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                                    Pros

                                    • Can Listen Over And Over

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                                      • Anytime

                                      Comments about this product:

                                      Just a great collection of Astair's work

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Nostalgic Winner!

                                      By Lulu

                                      from Fort Lauderdale, Fl

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                                      • Can Listen Over And Over
                                      • Great Lyrics
                                      • Hit Songs
                                      • Uplifting

                                      Cons

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                                        • Anytime

                                        Comments about this product:

                                        Wonderful, especially for lovers of classic Hollywood musicals!

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