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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Avid Records UK
  • ASIN: B000I2KPIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fascinating Rhythm
2. The Half Of It, Dearie, Blues
3. Hang On With Me
4. My One And Only
5. Funny Face
6. Puttin' On The Ritz
7. Crazy Feet
8. We're In The Money (The Gold Digger's Song)
9. Flying Down To Rio
10. Music Makes Me
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Slap That Bass
2. They All Laughed
3. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
4. They Can't Take That Away From Me
5. Shall We Dance?
6. I Can't Be Bothered Now
7. Things Are Looking Up
8. A Foggy Day
9. Nice Work If You Can Get It
10. I Used To Be Color Blind
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Fred danced around melodies as well as he danced around a stage. This 49-track import includes Top Hat, White Tie and Tails; Flying Down to Rio; Cheek to Cheek; I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket; The Way You Look Tonight; A Fine Romance , and more. Great collection!

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna on July 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD represents the summation of the Hollywood Musical genre, encapsulated in the person of its greatest star, Fred Astaire. It is a superb compilation and provides a wealth of standards, played by some of the best orchestras of the day, including that of Ray Noble, as well as three early recordings accompanied by George Gershwin at the piano. Sister Adele also features on three, and included on the second CD are duets with Crosby, Judy Garland, Jane Powell, and Nanette Fabray & Jack Buchanan.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rude Boy 1979 on March 7, 2009
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I recently started to get into the Astaire 30's musicals with Ginger Rogers and was looking for one song "Never Gonna Dance", so I got this collection. As a starter set its very nice, it's also very addictive to listen to! I will comment though that not all is as rosy as the ending of an Astaire-Rogers 30's musical. The recordings sound like they were lifted from the motion pictures themselves and not from released music (and not the remastered movie versions). The remastering sounds weak at best also, so if you can get by those points you will be happy with this set. It's weak points have made me want to get more though so I'll be buying other sets released in America and see what happens (this is an import). I love the songs with his sister Adele! 5 of 5 for the material but 3 of 5 for the remastering and yes I understand some of this is from the 1920's to 1930's, if you listen you will think it could have been presented better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyne on April 4, 2013
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I could close my eyes and envision Fred Astaire swirling around. This music is very upbeat and jazzy, and the recording sounded original to its era. I love Fred Astaire's unique style and grace - which is consistant in all his movies and music. The CD arrived right on-time and was packaged well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Matthews on May 10, 2013
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So many wonderful songs and memories. You won't be disappointed with this purchase. Worth every penny, fast good shipping, and great sound quality. Thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miklblike Bosco on April 22, 2013
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The two CD set on the Primo label is a very good collection. The sound quality is nearly as good as it gets for songs taken from old movie soundtracks. A GREAT Collection for the price. The more negative reviews posted here may refer to the other 2 CD set of the same title.
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