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The Great American Songbook: Fred Astaire


Download links and information about The Great American Songbook: Fred Astaire by Fred Astaire. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 38:54 minutes.

Artist: Fred Astaire
Release date: 2006
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 13
Duration: 38:54
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No. Title Length
1. Night and Day (From "The Gay Divorce") 3:27
2. Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:40
3. A Fine Romance (Alternate Take) 3:07
4. Cheek to Cheek 3:17
5. A Foggy Day 2:53
6. The Way You Look Tonight 3:08
7. Isn't This a Lovely Day? 3:15
8. Never Gonna Dance 3:10
9. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 3:13
10. Let's Face the Music and Dance 2:28
11. They All Laughed 2:45
12. They Can't Take That Away from Me 3:01
13. Shall We Dance 2:30



Distinct from Columbia's Essential Fred Astaire volume of three years earlier, The Great American Songbook mostly deals with Astaire's earliest (and best) recordings, performances from the early to mid-'30s when he was the premiere interpreter of Broadway's best songwriters — Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and Kern. Always debonair and relaxed onscreen, he was no different in his audio incarnation, but he was also exquisitely attentive to the many delightful intricacies of century-best songs like "Night and Day," "A Fine Romance," and "Let's Face the Music and Dance." Due to the consolidation of Sony (owner of Columbia) and BMG (owner of Verve), the program ends with three titles from his latter-day period, including a string-laden "Something's Gotta Give" from 1955. Though there are only 16 tracks included, two are billed as alternate takes ("A Fine Romance," "They Can't Take That Away from Me").