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Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers At RKO: Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology Soundtrack

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Two made-for-each-other CDs featuring 35 tracks (10 unreleased!) from 11 classic RKO musicals spanning 1933-1943, everything from Flying Down to Rio to The Sky's the Limit ! Along the way you'll hear such Astaire-Rogers standards as Night and Day; The Continental; Top Hat; White Tie and Tails; Pick Yourself Up; Let's Call the Whole Thing Off; The Way You Look Tonight , and more from the greatest song-and-dance team ever! A booklet worthy of their production numbers graces the package.

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During the "talkies'" first decade, Hollywood quickly rivalled Broadway as a major platform for the best pop music, and no franchise underlined this potential better than the Astaire/Rogers musicals released by RKO Pictures. Ironically, that golden age of musicals preceded the introduction of LPs, so it's been left until now for the release of this comprehensive two-CD anthology, which extracts classic vocal performances of classics from Irving Berlin and the Gershwins, among others, slighter but no less charming novelty songs, and brief dialogue excerpts. For fans, it's the mother lode, but even more casual listeners will be reminded of Astaire's deceptively plain yet indelible voice, and Rogers' own warm, engaging style. --Sam Sutherland

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Flying Down To Rio: Flying Down To Rio
  2. The Gay Divorce: A Needle In A Haystack
  3. The Gay Divorce: Night And Day
  4. The Gay Divorce: The Continental
  5. Top Hat: No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)
  6. Top Hat: Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain)
  7. Top Hat: Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
  8. Top Hat: Cheek To Cheek
  9. Roberta: Let's Begin
  10. Roberta: I'll Be Hard To Handle
  11. Roberta: I Won't Dance
  12. Follow The Fleet: I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
  13. Follow The Fleet: Let's Face The Music And Dance
  14. Follow The Fleet: I'd Rather Lead A Band
  15. Follow The Fleet: Let Yourself Go

Disc: 2

  1. Swing Time: Pick Yourself Up
  2. Swing Time: The Way You Look Tonight
  3. Swing Time: Waltz In Swing Time
  4. Swing Time: A Fine Romance
  5. Swing Time: Bojangles Of Harlem
  6. Swing Time: Never Gonna Dance
  7. A Damsel In Distress: I Can't Be Bothered Now
  8. A Damsel In Distress: A Foggy Day
  9. A Damsel In Distress: Nice Work If You Can Get It
  10. A Damsel In Distress: Things Are Looking Up
  11. Shall We Dance: Slap That Bass
  12. Shall We Dance: (I've Got) Begginer's Luck
  13. Shall We Dance: They All Laughed
  14. Shall We Dance: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
  15. Shall We Dance: They Can't Take That Away From Me
  16. Shall We Dance: Shall We Dance
  17. Carefree: I Used To Be Color-Blind
  18. Carefree: The Yam
  19. Carefree: Change Partners
  20. The Sky's The Limit: One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000346B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By manda600 VINE VOICE on October 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was thrilled to discover this CD set. Previously, I had been looking for Fred Astaire albums that included the songs from his films with Ginger Rogers, but they were all slightly different from their film versions (some people may not have noticed, but it really bothered me). Then, I found this at my local library and loved it so much I had to buy my own copy. These are, obviously, the songs exactly as they are heard in the films, as they are all taken directly from the film source. I know that some have put down the audio quality as "poor". Granted, the quality is not up to par with the audio on recordings currently being produced. However, it's important to remember these recordings are from the 1930s. It's only natural that they won't have the same kind of audio quality and crispness we're used to now. With that in mind, I was satisfied with the recordings.

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.
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By A Customer on November 10, 2001
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I'm giggling as I'm writing this, because my musical knowledge comes no where near my literary knowledge, or my knowledge of film. (I never in a million years thought I'd write anything other than a book or video review.)
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!!!
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Isn't it a lovely day to be with Ginger and Fred! They will lift the gloomiest of spirits and give you a song for the day, the week, the year! Those catchy songs from "Swing Time" and "Shall We Dance" are the best of the bunch. Try the cut of the lovely waltz in swing time the next time you are driving--it will shorten the miles and broaden your smiles! Many of the songs are introduced by several lines of dialogue from the films; so you can visualize the scene as the song begins. Fred's rendition of "Things are Looking Up" is so joyous it alone is worth the price of the set. Ditto "Slap that Bass"--every selection will remind you why these two are the best musical couple ever. The notes that accompany this CD are outstanding. They are illustrated with the posters from the films, some great photos, and new tidbits even for Fred and Ginger's biggest fans. It'll sweep you off your feet!
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By A Customer on September 17, 1999
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Nothing can compare to Fred and Ginger, they'll be in our hearts forever
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Well, yes, I was one of those kids who took tap dancing and ballroom dancing lessons mostly due to Fred and Ginger movies along with keeping my twin brother and I out of mischief. But now to this extraordinary double CD set!

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-
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