Early Years at RKO

Early Years at RKO

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by Fred Astaire
     
 

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It was a different era, a time when big movie musicals could break a song across the pop and publishing charts, and really, not that much different than what a video of a song gone viral does for an artist in the 21st century. This two-disc set collects 37 of Fred Astaire's big song performances for the RKO movie studios in the 1930s, including now classic songs from… See more details below

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It was a different era, a time when big movie musicals could break a song across the pop and publishing charts, and really, not that much different than what a video of a song gone viral does for an artist in the 21st century. This two-disc set collects 37 of Fred Astaire's big song performances for the RKO movie studios in the 1930s, including now classic songs from the likes of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, and others, plus rare alternate takes of a few numbers and a pair of bonus performances by Astaire's beloved dance and song partner Ginger Rogers.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2013
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0888837861427
catalogNumber:
378614
Rank:
9540

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Music Makes Me
  2. Flying Down To Rio
  3. Night and Day  -  Leo Reisman & His Orchestra
  4. No Strings  -  Leo Reisman & His Orchestra
  5. Isn't This a Lovely Day  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  6. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  7. Cheek To Cheek  -  Leo Reisman & His Orchestra
  8. The Piccolino  -  Leo Reisman & His Orchestra
  9. We Saw the Sea
  10. Let Yourself Go
  11. I'd Rather Lead a Band
  12. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
  13. Let's Face the Music and Dance  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  14. Pick Yourself Up
  15. The Way You Look Tonight
  16. A Fine Romance
  17. Bojangles of Harlem
  18. Never Gonna Dance  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  19. A Fine Romance  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  20. Waltz In Swing Time  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra

Disc 2

  1. (I've Got) Beginner's Luck
  2. Slap That Bass
  3. They All Laughed
  4. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
  5. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  6. Shall We Dance  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  7. I Can't Be Bothered Now
  8. Things Are Looking Up
  9. A Foggy Day
  10. Nice Work If You Can Get It  -  Ray Noble & His Orchestra
  11. I Used To Be Color Blind
  12. The Yam
  13. Change Partners  -  Ray Noble & His Orchestra
  14. They Can't Take That Away From Me  -  Johnny Green & His Orchestra
  15. The Yam Steps  -  Ray Noble & His Orchestra
  16. The Yam  -  Hal Borne & His Orchestra
  17. I Used To Be Color Blind  -  Hal Borne & His Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ginger Rogers   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Fred Astaire   Tap Dancing
Irving Berlin   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer,Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Gus Kahn   Composer,Lyricist
Cole Porter   Composer
Tom Laskey   Product Development
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Edward Eliscu   Composer,Lyricist
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Scott Farthing   Executive Producer
Hulton   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo

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