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The Essential Collection (Digitally Remastered)

18 Sep 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 18 Sep 2006
  • Label: AVID Entertainment
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 AVID Entertainment
  • Total Length: 2:37:50
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  • ASIN: B002XDK3VI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,700 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD represents the summation of the Hollywood Musical genre, encapsulated in the person of its greatest star, Fred Astaire. It is a superb compilation and provides a wealth of standards, played by some of the best orchestras of the day, including that of Ray Noble, as well as three early recordings accompanied by George Gershwin at the piano. Sister Adele also features on three, and included on the second CD are duets with Crosby, Judy Garland, Jane Powell, and Nanette Fabray & Jack Buchanan.

Having given this five stars, I'm amazed to find that someone else has seen fit to award only one, on the grounds that "Night And Day" is omitted! Pursuing his argument, I assume that he'd have been more generous were the set not being marketed as "The Essential Collection". I hope he may adopt a more temperate stance when he learns that the track in question is included in Avid's Essential Collection "Gentlemen's Night Out" (AVC 879)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike L on 29 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a good compilation of Fred Astaire's songs and a bargain at this price. You'll certainly enjoy it, even though, as another reviewer pointed out, it's a pity that 'Night and Day' has been omitted. However the compilation loses its star only because there is now an alternative on the Retrospective label, Dancing Cheek to Cheek: His 56 Finest 1926-1952. This will cost you just a few pounds more, but comparing the transfers has a more natural sound. I suspect that the transfers on this compilation have been cleaned just a little more than was necessary. If you can afford it, get the album on Retrospective.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Burnett on 11 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A very good range of songs, it seems silly to give the review any loss of stars because of a one track omission. Unfortunately songs are a bit too fast and much faster than any in the films. Added to that the small actual amount of song, rather more instrumental and this scores a three in my mind but may be higher for those people who think the film songs are too slow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Brierley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well the buts are variable sound quality between the tracks, it is as though several different sound engineers did the digital transfers, there is a lack of consistency, with some tracks in "fake" stereo, mind you, they sound quite good, some tracks are a bit louder than others, some have plenty of bass, some less, some are a bit bright etc. AND NO "NIGHT AND DAY", but you can get it if you try, at youtube for free. Victor Records 241930-A - Recorded In 1932 - Leo Reisman is a good version.

Now what is good, almost 80 mins on each CD and great assortment of songs, fantastic value AND CURRENTLY I DON'T KNOW OF A "BETTER" CHOICE, THERE IS NOT A REALLY GOOD CD OUT THERE CURRENTLY AS FAR AS I KNOW THAT HAS ALL THE HITS AND IS REALLY WELL REMASTERED, pity the late great Robert Parker didn't do one, he knew how to make old 78's sound fantastic.

Alternatives are:
ASIN: B003VKW0X6 which are actual film soundtracks and sound petty terrible, considering it is much more money, digitaly remastered by Turner Entertainments and issued by Sony. It gave me listening fatigue due to poor tone and distortion.

ASIN: B00005YUGU 50 tracks on Living Era label, not heard yet, no mp3 samples found.

ASIN: B001IO15RO 56 tracks on Retrospective label, I have listened to this and I do not think it is better than the CD under review, some tracks may sound better, many sound less good, but they are a little more consistent and it does include Night and Day UNFORTUNATELY IT IS MORE MONEY.

ASIN: B00005LV89 or ASIN: B000008A8L these are most likely the same double CD, not heard yet, no mp3 samples found. PS I HAVE SINCE LISTENED TO THIS, ONLY 36 TRACKS, SO TOO FEW, BUT SOUNDS OK.
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