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|Fred Astaire||Primary Artist, Vocals, Dancer|
|Flip Phillips||Tenor Saxophone|
|Michael Lang||Compilation Supervisor|
|Peter Pullman||Contributor, Notes Editing|
|Richard Seidel||Executive Producer|
|Gary N. Mayo||Mastering|
|J.R. Taylor||Liner Notes|
Posted October 1, 2010
Legend holds that an early RKO Pictures screen test for Fred Astaire read "Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little." By 1952 when the songs on this CD were first committed to wax for "The Astaire Story," he had become a screen legend with an honarary Academy Award, bestowed for "for his unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures." Unique indeed, as there's never been a "New Astaire." What he does with these songs, 17 standards largely culled from his 30s and 40s movie musicals, is make them his own. There's not a drop of schmaltz here, yet the warmth astounds. There's no melodrama in his crooning, which is a good thing, although there is richness to his tone and color in his phrasing. His voice also matches perfectly with Oscar Peterson's quintet. The effect -- given the hit-after-hit playlist, the stripped-down swing of the band, and overall elegance of the work -- is of a cocktail party in heaven. You should go.
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Posted March 8, 2011
I am sorry to say..I was extremely disappointed with this CD. This is not the original music from "THE GAY DIVORCEE." True Fred Astaire fans don't want to hear substitutes.
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