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The Astaire Story

Fred AstaireAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Isn't This A Lovely DayFred Astaire 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Puttin' On The RitzFred Astaire 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Used To Be Color BlindFred Astaire 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The ContinentalFred Astaire 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Let's Call The Whole Thing OffFred Astaire 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Change PartnersFred Astaire 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 'S WonderfulFred Astaire 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lovely To Look AtFred Astaire 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. They All LaughedFred Astaire 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cheek To CheekFred Astaire 5:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Steppin' Out With My BabyFred Astaire 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Way You Look TonightFred Astaire 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. I've Got My Eyes On YouFred Astaire 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Dancing In The DarkFred Astaire 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The CariocaFred Astaire 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Nice Work If You Can Get ItFred Astaire 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. New Sun In The SkyFred Astaire 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Won't DanceFred Astaire 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. (Ad Lib) Fast DancesOscar Peterson 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Top Hat, White Tie And TailsFred Astaire 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)Oscar Peterson 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Concentrate On YouFred Astaire 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One BasketFred Astaire 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Fine RomanceFred Astaire 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Night And DayFred Astaire 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fascinating RhythmFred Astaire 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Love LouisaFred Astaire 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. (Ad Lib) Slow DancesFred Astaire 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. (Ad Lib) Medium DanceOscar Peterson 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. They Can't Take That Away From MeFred Astaire 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. You're Easy To Dance WithOscar Peterson 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Needle In A HaystackFred Astaire 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. So Near And Yet So FarFred Astaire 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. A Foggy DayFred Astaire 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Oh, Lady Be Good!Fred Astaire 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I'm Building Up To An Awful LetdownFred Astaire 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Not My GirlFred Astaire 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Jam SessionFred Astaire 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008A8N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In 1952 Fred Astaire joined Oscar Peterson and some of Verve's best sidemen to lay down 38 jazzy, laid-back versions of songs he had made famous in his Broadway and film career. (Seventeen were compiled as Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings.) While Astaire was not blessed with great vocal chops, the best American songwriters including George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter loved him for his unerring sense of rhythm and sympathetic treatment of lyrics, qualities that are well displayed here. Tony Bennett hit the pop mainstream with his 1994 album of jazzy Astaire standards. Here's the original. --David Horiuchi

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Fine Romance" June 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Of all my albums, this is the one to which, sooner or later, I always return. It's one of those instances where the whole is greater than the parts. Mr Astaire's phrasing and intonation are their usual perfection, but everybody making music here both solos and harmonizes in a way that must be heard to be appreciated. The backup is cool jazz with Oscar Peterson and other period greats. Astaire does all his standards, talks a little, dances a little and there's a charming brochure. It was a big deal when it was released around 1953, and listening to it today, the collaboration is still a marriage made in Heaven.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream Session February 14, 2001
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Fred Astaire distills a lifetime of perfect timing in this album. It is the result of a labor of love, produced by Norman Granz, who persuaded Astaire to work in an intimate setting to put together swinging (and well-recorded) versions of many of the songs he introduced on stage and in films. His tone won't blow you away -- his voice is as thin as the plots of many of his movies -- but his respect for the lyric, impeccable phrasing, and consummate feel for the way a song should go make him the equal of anyone in interpreting these classic numbers.
This was a chance for Astaire to work with a small group of excellent jazz musicians, including Oscar Peterson, to make an album that is fun, musical, and intimate. And it's not just for aging fans of Fred. My 10-year-old daughter plays it, too.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic jazz-vocal set by Astaire... May 23, 2000
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Fred Astaire has always admired jazz musicians, and improvisation. Here he gets a chance to sing(or should I say swing) with the likes of Charlie Shavers, Oscar Peterson and many other members of the JATP. Astaire has never sounded better, he sounds truly thrilled to be working with such talented jazz players. He gives all of the musicians plenty of solo time and even gives them a chance to do a jam session(without him singiing). This session is truly a gem. If you like Fred Astaire or jazz this cd you will surely enjoy. An essential addition to any serious jazz collectors music library. ESSENTIAL MUSIC. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable interpretations February 5, 2001
By "pspa"
Format:Audio CD
In an album that could well be called the Great American Songbook as it contains so many of the finest songs ever written by Berlin, Porter, Gershwin and others, Fred Astaire proves that it phrasing and timing, and not voice, that make a great singer. This is a truly remarkable CD in all aspects. The sound quality, considering it was recorded in 1952, is superb. Astaire is in incomparable form, with the songs sounding much better than some of his earlier versions (this is the DEFINITIVE version of Puttin on the Ritz, for example). And the sextet supporting Astaire, including the marvelous Oscar Peterson at the keyboard, is as fine as any. Not to be missed for anyone who loves this genre.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the stars were aligned perfectly July 6, 2004
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Fred Astaire was at his peak. You could not ask for better musicians supporting him. The songs were classic. Astaire delivers these songs in an intimate setting with a small jazz band -- such as you'd hear at a small jazz club. All the musicians, including Astaire, sound like they were having the time of their lives -- each playing off the others' artistry. This recording captures a moment in time when events coalesced to make the conditions for a perfect recording. "Heaven, I'm in heaven..." That pretty much says it all. This set is a classic for the ages.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Vocal Classic September 17, 2000
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Fred Astaire has always been known more for his dancing than his singing. Given that he has a limited vocal range and nowhere near the talents of Bing Crosby, Sinatra, or any of his contemporaries, this isn't entirely surprising. At the same time, it was Fred Astaire that introduced to the world nearly all of the great songs of Irving Berlin, and many of the best songs Cole Porter ever wrote. In fact, Irving Berlin wrote many of his songs with Fred Astaire specifically in mind. The fact that these same songs were later performed, sometimes definitively, by others, should not diminish the fact that the first person that sang Berlin's "Isn't This A Lovely Day" or Porter's "Night and Day" was Fred Astaire.
On this album, Fred Astaire brings a new interpretation to many of the songs he helped make famous, as well as many others. Throughout, he demonstrates a complete understanding of what it means to be a jazz singer and, understanding the limits of his voice, he uses those limits to great effect. Backed by some of the greatest players in the history of jazz, Astaire does a pretty good job of showing us all why he should be rembered as more than just a song-and-dance man.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful October 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the same CD as "Oscar Peterson & Fred Astaire, The Complete Norman Granz Sessions," except the latter has a couple more instrumentals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a labour of love June 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
for some time fred astaire passionately wanted to make a recording with a group of jazz musicians. he wanted a sense of spontainaity, he wanted to introduce many of the numbers with a brief narrative and he wanted to include a couple of dancing jam sessions.
in 1953 he got his wish. the musicians are an exempelary group, which included oscar peterson and the result, called the astaire story, is a labour of love.
upon its release some critics harped on the fact that astaire wasnt a great singer.
thats a given, but he is an interesting singer and shares that special category with notables like dean martin, sammy davis, al jolson, and even hank williams sr.
the astaire story withstands the test of time and i must personally rank as one of my most valued posessions in my collection.
from the first track to the last this is something special.
the extreme standouts are steppin out with my babay, oh lady be good, i love louisa and of corse top hat, white tie and tails. but, every track is pure joy.
it really does come together as a conceptual valentine to making music.
the astaire story is out of print and has been released under various titles, one being steppin out with my baby which is a massively condensed disc and not recommended. the other titles i have not heard, but if like the steppin out release, they omit the intros, then i would hold out for this.
astaires intros are heartwarming and valuable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to my expectations
Not what I expected, thought it was compilation of original performances, not later reproductions of his performances many years later. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bill Maxwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music but...
Hampered by a mediocre analogue-to-digital conversion. The LPs sound tremendously better, and are not hard to find on the second hand market. Read more
Published 8 months ago by srq2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic pairing of song stylist and jazz great
Astaire made this album in 1952, but the jazz arrangements sound fresh and contemporary. Astaire 's dancing is what's immortalized him, but he also introduced a number of popular... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Man
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast on several levels
The Astaire Story was released many years ago in a four-vinyl set (featuring blue records), in a limited edition of 1,384 copies. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Roni Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Classic Music
I agree with one of the previous reviewers that the introductory narration takes away from the music, so on six songs I used mp3DirectCut (freeware for Windows) to delete the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ralph Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars The Astaire Story
I never knew this double CD existed and it is terrific to have Fred singing all those songs as studio recordings rather than soundtracks. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rex F. Shields
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved!
Proper box sets from Great Britian have the same material for a fraction of the cost! Fred Astaire-Jazz Times is the title and generally you can not beat the Proper fidelity,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bruce London
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the voice he had during his film career
I jumped at the chance to get this without investigating much about it. What I found was this was recorded relatively late in Astaire's life when his voice had lost its brightness... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ladybug53
4.0 out of 5 stars The Astaire Story
This album is so wonderful everyone should own it. In words, music and tap dance Fred Astaire gives the performance of his life. it's a real joy. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by martha towns
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
If you love jazz, buy it . If you love Fred Astaire ,buy it and if you love these songs, buy it . It truly is a fanastic pair of cds .
Published on September 4, 2009 by Kenneth Blair
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