Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers At RKO: Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology Soundtrack
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One of the great things about this set is the dialogue from the movies that is included with some of the songs. I was pleasantly surprised by it and, as someone else mentioned, it really does conjure up the movie scenes again in your mind. I also think it should be mentioned that the "liner notes" included here are much more than a simple song list. It is a 39 page booklet with pictures, a history of both Astaire and Rogers lives and careers (including a history of their real-life romance), as well as information on the movies and their creation. For a fan, having this booklet included is a wonderful, added bonus.
I rated this CD package 4 stars because 4 1/2 wasn't available.Read more ›
But, as I said in my title, I want to pay homage to dear Mr. Kern. I bought this CD because after I saw Fred & Ginger's movie "Swing Time," I fell head-over-heels in love with the Jerome Kern score, and Mr. Kern immediately became my favorite composer (though all the other greats of the first half of the 20th century are very close seconds: Berlin, Porter, R & H, Gershwin, etc.).
This CD is worth the price (heck, MORE than worth the price) just for the breathtakingly beautiful score of "Swing Time" (Disc 2, Songs 1-6). As far as I know, the original score to "Swing Time" is not, by itself, on CD (don't quote me on that). So buy this CD, for it is simply unthinkable that any fan of American standards (pre-1950) not experience the magic of this music. (Yes, MAGIC; it motivated me to buy this CD, and I only own, including this one, THREE CDs!!!)
Well, now I'm off, because writing this has made me want to listen to it...for the HUNDREDTH time!!!
First, there is a lot of charming music in this collection which has excellent sound quality. The songs include not just the singing parts but also the dancing parts. So, you can visualize the duo dancing while your eyes are closed just listening. Plenty of excellent music is included. All of the big hits. There is also a nice booklet included with plenty of info about the songs, movies and Fred and Ginger. There are also plentiful "Behind the scenes" pictures. So OK, the song "The Piccolino" is not included in this set. It's just that Rhino Records could not buy the rights to the song for a "Fair" price (in Rhino's opinion). But, since the overall double CD set is just so wonderfully put together, you don't even really notice it, folks.
This is a real treasure of song, dance and memories taking you back to a time when the only things that seemed "dirty" were your knees as you were trying to dance like Fred Astaire. OVERALL RATING: A-
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a great fan of these two and am glad to have their singing voices for long drives. It includes some classics and a few lesser known pieces. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Leter Windstorm
Sadly, I already owned this two-disc set - didn't realize when I ordered it - but is a great set!Published 18 months ago by Seemoh
My husband loves Fred - we listen to this in the car. I wish the sound quality was a bit crisper, but it always transports us back to those wonderful movies. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jak
I would recommend this set to all music lovers who are still fascinated by the charme of Fred Astaire's duets with Ginger Rogers.Published on October 25, 2013 by Alberto D.
While these same songs are available on other discs, I wanted this soundtrack because it has the songs exactly as they were lifted from the movies. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Red Sky
This double CD is from 1998, but it has been remastered and reissued in 2010, please see ASIN: B003VKW0X6. Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Christopher W. Brierley
This double CD is transcendent in it's splendor! I recently watched the entire Astaire/Rogers film series and just HAD to find the music performed in those movies-wala, after some... Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by RJTRULES
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