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Fred Astaire at MGM

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 7/29/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227282820
  • Catalog Number: 72828

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here - Joan Crawford (2:54)
  2. 2 Please Don't Monkey with Broadway - George Murphy (3:15)
  3. 3 I've Got My Eyes on You (4:03)
  4. 4 Here's to the Girls (5:12)
  5. 5 This Heart of Mine (7:53)
  6. 6 If Swing Goes, I Go Too (5:49)
  7. 7 Yolanda (2:33)
  8. 8 Steppin' out with My Baby - Lyttle Sisters (6:20)
  9. 9 It Only Happens When I Dance with You (4:18)
  10. 10 A Couple of Swells - Judy Garland (2:36)
  11. 11 Easter Parade - Judy Garland (2:40)
  12. 12 You'd Be Hard to Replace (2:29)
  13. 13 Shoes with Wings On (7:16)
  14. 14 A Weekend in the Country - Ginger Rogers (2:14)
  15. 15 They Can't Take That Away from Me (4:32)
  16. 16 Manhattan Downbeat (3:42)
  17. 17 Where Did You Get That Girl? - Anita Ellis (2:21)
  18. 18 So Long, Oo-Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?) - Red Skelton (1:33)
  19. 19 Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You) - Red Skelton (2:24)
  20. 20 Medley: My Sunny Tennessee/Who's Sorry Now/So Long, ... - Red Skelton (1:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Every Night at Seven (6:17)
  2. 2 How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've ... - Jane Powell (4:36)
  3. 3 You're All the World to Me (4:08)
  4. 4 I Left My Hat in Haiti (6:13)
  5. 5 Bachelor Dinner Song (3:22)
  6. 6 Oops! (5:29)
  7. 7 Seeing's Believing (4:37)
  8. 8 Baby Doll (3:40)
  9. 9 I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man (4:08)
  10. 10 By Myself (1:43)
  11. 11 A Shine on Your Shoes (4:37)
  12. 12 That's Entertainment! - Nanette Fabray (3:27)
  13. 13 Got a Bran' New Suit - Nanette Fabray (2:26)
  14. 14 Triplets - Jack Buchanan & Nanette Fabray (2:31)
  15. 15 I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan - Jack Buchanan (1:45)
  16. 16 Paris Loves Lovers (2:42)
  17. 17 All of You (6:05)
  18. 18 Fated to Be Mated - Carole Richards (5:11)
  19. 19 The Ritz Roll and Rock - Clyde Yocum (3:34)
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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
Dave Burgess Composer
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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