The Early Years at RKO

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 888837861427
  • Catalog Number: 378614
  • Sales rank: 23,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music Makes Me (2:29)
  2. 2 Flying Down To Rio (2:49)
  3. 3 Night and Day - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (3:28)
  4. 4 No Strings - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (2:35)
  5. 5 Isn't This a Lovely Day - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (3:18)
  6. 6 Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:42)
  7. 7 Cheek To Cheek - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (3:20)
  8. 8 The Piccolino - Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (3:19)
  9. 9 We Saw the Sea (2:24)
  10. 10 Let Yourself Go (2:39)
  11. 11 I'd Rather Lead a Band (2:32)
  12. 12 I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket (2:51)
  13. 13 Let's Face the Music and Dance - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:30)
  14. 14 Pick Yourself Up (3:00)
  15. 15 The Way You Look Tonight (3:13)
  16. 16 A Fine Romance (2:56)
  17. 17 Bojangles of Harlem (3:08)
  18. 18 Never Gonna Dance - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (3:13)
  19. 19 A Fine Romance - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (3:10)
  20. 20 Waltz In Swing Time - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 (I've Got) Beginner's Luck (2:54)
  2. 2 Slap That Bass (2:56)
  3. 3 They All Laughed (2:49)
  4. 4 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (3:15)
  5. 5 They Can't Take That Away From Me (3:04)
  6. 6 Shall We Dance - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:33)
  7. 7 I Can't Be Bothered Now (2:26)
  8. 8 Things Are Looking Up (3:12)
  9. 9 A Foggy Day (2:55)
  10. 10 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (2:43)
  11. 11 I Used To Be Color Blind (3:07)
  12. 12 The Yam (2:45)
  13. 13 Change Partners - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (3:07)
  14. 14 They Can't Take That Away From Me - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (3:05)
  15. 15 The Yam Steps - Ray Noble & His Orchestra (2:53)
  16. 16 The Yam - Hal Borne & His Orchestra (2:23)
  17. 17 I Used To Be Color Blind - Hal Borne & His Orchestra (3:27)
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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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