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The Astaire Story, Vols. 1 & 2


Download links and information about The Astaire Story, Vols. 1 & 2 by Fred Astaire. This album was released in 1953 and it belongs to Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 38 tracks with total duration of 02:15:41 minutes.

Artist: Fred Astaire
Release date: 1953
Genre: Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 38
Duration: 02:15:41
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No. Title Length
1. Isn't This a Lovely Day? 4:30
2. Puttin' On the Ritz (1952 Version) 2:53
3. I Used to Be Color Blind 4:17
4. The Continental 3:31
5. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 4:39
6. Change Partners 3:16
7. 'S Wonderful 2:59
8. Lovely to Look At 3:28
9. They All Laughed 2:58
10. Cheek to Cheek 5:40
11. Steppin' Out with My Baby 2:24
12. The Way You Look Tonight 2:59
13. I've Got My Eyes On You 3:00
14. Dancing In the Dark 4:47
15. The Carioca 4:50
16. Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:09
17. New Sun In the Sky 2:30
18. I Won't Dance 3:03
19. Fast Dances (Ad Lib) (featuring Oscar Peterson) 2:44
20. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails 4:01
21. No Strings (featuring Oscar Peterson) 2:58
22. I Concentrate On You 2:45
23. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket 2:57
24. A Fine Romance 3:45
25. Night and Day 5:24
26. Fascinating Rhythm 2:44
27. I Love Louisa 2:41
28. Slow Dances (Ad Lib) 2:55
29. Medium Dance (Ad Lib) (featuring Oscar Peterson) 2:03
30. They Can't Take That Away from Me 4:24
31. You're Easy to Dance With (1952 Version) (featuring Oscar Peterson) 3:24
32. A Needle In a Haystack 2:24
33. So Near and Yet So Far 3:21
34. A Foggy Day 4:03
35. Oh, Lady Be Good 5:03
36. I'm Building Up to an Awful Letdown 4:01
37. Not My Girl 3:38
38. Jam Session (Instrumental) 6:33



Because he was world renowned as a dancer and quite popular as a movie actor, Fred Astaire has tended to be underrated (if not completely overlooked) as a jazz singer. Although not really an improviser, Astaire's phrasing always swung and his occasional vocals on record were usually a joy. This two-CD set is something special for it features Astaire with six members of Jazz at the Philharmonic: tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips, trumpeter Charlie Shavers, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Alvin Stoller. Astaire sings 34 swing standards (many of which he had originally introduced in movies), dances on three ad-lib numbers, and sits out on the instrumental "Jam Session"; the musicians have plenty of opportunities to stretch out. The biggest surprise to this classic deluxe box (which was originally four-LPs) is that Fred Astaire did not do similar projects more often throughout his career. Highly recommended.