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The Early Years at RKO


Download links and information about The Early Years at RKO by Fred Astaire. This album was released in 2013 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 37 tracks with total duration of 01:46:16 minutes.

Artist: Fred Astaire
Release date: 2013
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 37
Duration: 01:46:16
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No. Title Length
1. Music Makes Me 2:27
2. Flying Down to Rio 2:46
3. Night and Day (From "The Gay Divorce") 3:25
4. No Strings 2:33
5. Isn't This a Lovely Day? 3:15
6. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails 2:40
7. Cheek to Cheek 3:17
8. The Piccolino 3:17
9. We Saw the Sea 2:21
10. Let Yourself Go 2:36
11. I'd Rather Lead a Band 2:30
12. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket 2:48
13. Let's Face the Music and Dance 2:27
14. Pick Yourself Up 2:57
15. The Way You Look Tonight 3:10
16. A Fine Romance 2:54
17. Bojangles of Harlem 3:05
18. Never Gonna Dance 3:11
19. A Fine Romance (Alternate Take) 3:08
20. Waltz In Swing Time (Alternate Take) 2:33
21. (I've Got) Beginner's Luck 2:51
22. Slap That Bass 2:54
23. They All Laughed 2:47
24. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 3:13
25. They Can't Take That Away from Me 3:01
26. Shall We Dance 2:31
27. I Can't Be Bothered Now 2:24
28. Things Are Looking Up 3:09
29. A Foggy Day 2:53
30. Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:40
31. I Used to Be Color Blind 3:04
32. The Yam 2:43
33. Change Partners 3:05
34. They Can't Take That Away from Me (Alternate Take) 3:03
35. The Yam Steps (As Explained by Fred Astaire) 2:50
36. The Yam (featuring Ginger Rogers) 2:21
37. I Used to Be Color Blind (featuring Ginger Rogers) 3:27



Fans of the Great American Songbook often cite Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald as the genre's top dog. Yet this Fred Astaire collection culled from his classic '30s films with Ginger Rogers is a vivid reminder that the genre was nothing without this dancer-singer-actor. Featuring some of the first performances of compositions by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern (who all loved to write for Astaire), this set presents early versions of “Night and Day,” “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails," and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” While Astaire didn’t have the singular sense of swing of Sinatra or Bing Crosby, this is pop music at its best from a bygone era backed by the notable orchestras of Ray Noble or Johnny Green. Fans will also get a bit of that patented Astaire humor—the end of the album includes two takes on the Berlin novelty “The Yam” with Rogers doing vocals on the last version. Astaire reportedly hated his own singing voice, but this is truly a gift for the rest of us.