Fred Astaire at MGM

Fred Astaire at MGM

by Fred Astaire
     
 

Fred Astaire appeared in 30 movie musicals between 1933 and 1957, 11 each for the RKO and MGM studios. Most of the RKO pictures were made in the 1930s and co-starred Ginger Rogers; they are Astaire's best-known film work. But the MGM films, most of them made between 1944 and 1957, were often lavish, color spectaculars, and some of them, notably Easter Parade…  See more details below

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Fred Astaire appeared in 30 movie musicals between 1933 and 1957, 11 each for the RKO and MGM studios. Most of the RKO pictures were made in the 1930s and co-starred Ginger Rogers; they are Astaire's best-known film work. But the MGM films, most of them made between 1944 and 1957, were often lavish, color spectaculars, and some of them, notably Easter Parade and The Barkleys of Broadway (a reunion with Rogers), were big box office hits. Astaire made few studio recordings during the period, and in those days soundtracks were only beginning to be released on record. So, this two-CD set, a compilation of 39 of Astaire's soundtrack performances at MGM running over two and a half hours, is a valuable document. One must imagine Astaire and his various partners (among them Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, and Jane Powell) dancing during the extended musical interludes, and the elaborate arrangements for large orchestra and chorus sometimes swamp the sterling efforts of such songwriters as Irving Berlin, Howard Dietz, George and Ira Gershwin, Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Arthur Schwartz, and Harry Warren. It must be noted, too, that with a handful of exceptions ("Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Easter Parade," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "That's Entertainment," "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan"), the compositions are not among the songwriters' best and far inferior to the material Astaire had to work with at RKO. Still, these are some of the best performances of the last part of Fred Astaire's career as a musical entertainer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/1997
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227282820
catalogNumber:
72828

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here
  2. Please Don't Monkey with Broadway
  3. I've Got My Eyes on You
  4. Here's to the Girls
  5. This Heart of Mine
  6. If Swing Goes, I Go Too
  7. Yolanda
  8. Steppin' out with My Baby
  9. It Only Happens When I Dance with You
  10. A Couple of Swells
  11. Easter Parade
  12. You'd Be Hard to Replace
  13. Shoes with Wings On
  14. A Weekend in the Country
  15. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  16. Manhattan Downbeat
  17. Where Did You Get That Girl?
  18. So Long, Oo-Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?)
  19. Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)
  20. Medley: My Sunny Tennessee/Who's Sorry Now/So Long, ...

Disc 2

  1. Every Night at Seven
  2. How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've ...
  3. You're All the World to Me
  4. I Left My Hat in Haiti
  5. Bachelor Dinner Song
  6. Oops!
  7. Seeing's Believing
  8. Baby Doll
  9. I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man
  10. By Myself
  11. A Shine on Your Shoes
  12. That's Entertainment!
  13. Got a Bran' New Suit
  14. Triplets
  15. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
  16. Paris Loves Lovers
  17. All of You
  18. Fated to Be Mated
  19. The Ritz Roll and Rock

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Primary Artist,Vocals
Judy Garland   Track Performer
André Previn   Conductor
Anita Ellis   Track Performer
Oscar Levant   Track Performer
Jane Powell   Track Performer
Jack Buchanan   Track Performer
Joan Crawford   Track Performer
Adolph Deutsch   Conductor
Johnny Green   Conductor
Lennie Hayton   Conductor
Charles Parlato   Track Performer
Edward B. Powell   fender rhodes
Ginger Rogers   Track Performer
Alfred Newman   Conductor
Jud Conlon   Track Performer
George Murphy   Track Performer
Nanette Fabray   Track Performer
Red Skelton   Track Performer
Nathan Vancleave   Performing Ensemble
Louis Silvers   Conductor
Charles Schroeder   Track Performer
Mac MacLain   Track Performer
Lyttle Sisters   Track Performer
Wally Haglin   Performing Ensemble
Carole Richards   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Calvin Jackson   Arranger,Orchestration
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Alexander Courage   Arranger,Orchestration
Adolph Deutsch   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Skip Martin   Arranger,Orchestration
Edward B. Powell   Arranger
Conrad Salinger   Arranger,Orchestration
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Roger Edens   Arranger
George Feltenstein   Producer
Bradley Flanagan   Producer
MGM Studio Orchestra   Contributor
Kay Thompson   Arranger
Maurice DePackh   Arranger,Orchestration
Leo Arnaud   Arranger,Orchestration
Robert Franklyn   Orchestration

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