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Fred Astaire's Finest Hour


Download links and information about Fred Astaire's Finest Hour by Fred Astaire. This album was released in 2003 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 17 tracks with total duration of 59:44 minutes.

Artist: Fred Astaire
Release date: 2003
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 17
Duration: 59:44
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No. Title Length
1. Steppin' Out With My Baby 2:22
2. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 4:37
3. They Can't Take That Away from Me 2:30
4. Cheek to Cheek 5:40
5. They All Laughed 2:47
6. No Strings (featuring Oscar Peterson) 2:54
7. Puttin' On the Ritz (1952 Version) 2:49
8. Oh, Lady Be Good! 4:28
9. Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught In the Rain?) 3:25
10. The Continental 3:29
11. 'S Wonderful 2:57
12. Something's Gotta Give 3:00
13. Fascinating Rhythm 2:41
14. Night and Day 4:59
15. Dancing In the Dark 4:46
16. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails 3:47
17. The Afterbeat 2:33



It's obvious from a moment's thought that Fred Astaire's finest hour occurred in the movie studio, not the recording studio. And while Astaire's musical career was fine indeed, his best performances date from the '30s, when "Night and Day" or "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" weren't pop standards but a pair of magical, effervescent songs just unleashed on the public. Fred Astaire's Finest Hour, the Verve collection, consists of recordings from a pair of '50s dates that have been packaged and repackaged many times over the years. Surprisingly, although he suffered from a thinner voice two decades after his prime, Astaire's sense of melodious fluidity had diminished not a whit. The 1952 LP The Astaire Story, which furnished most of the tracks for this compilation, featured a stately swinging band — the JATP backbone of Oscar Peterson, Charlie Shavers, Barney Kessel, and Ray Brown — that fit Astaire's light, airy performances perfectly. They recorded nearly all of Astaire's most famous movie hits, and though his voice had degraded slightly, he also showed he'd learned much since his '30s heyday. Five other tracks date from the 1959 LP Now, which also earns notices for its arrangements (by Marty Paich).