Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/1994
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452300621
  • Catalog Number: 523006
  • Sales rank: 32,235

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Primary Artist, Vocals, Dancer
Barney Kessel Guitar
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Technical Credits
Norman Granz Producer
Lowell Frank Engineer
Michael Lang Compilation Supervisor
Peter Pullman Contributor, Notes Editing
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
David Lau Director
Nausica Loukakos Contributor
Gary N. Mayo Mastering
J.R. Taylor Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fred Astaire, accept no substitutes!

    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

    Sorry I bought it.

    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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