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1.0 out of 5 stars Serious omission, 27 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Essential Collection (Audio CD)
How can this set be called the essential Fred Astaire when it fails to include what is one of if not the greatest song that he recorded - Cole Porter's Night and Day
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2008 16:04:19 BDT
John Webb says:
Yeah, it omits a favorite of mine, "By Myself," but I'd be a fool to give it one star just for that.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011 01:12:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2011 01:14:05 BDT
Two points: I like 'By Myself' too but the point I am making has nothing to do with 'favourites' - this number can safely be omitted without nullifying the description 'essential' - the omission of the Cole Porter song, being one of the all time greats (regardless of whether it is a 'favourite' of either yours or mine) - does nullify the description 'essential'.

People who produce records are professionals and should know the repertoire before employing words like 'essential'.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 15:13:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2012 17:00:17 BDT
Hello, JW & CRD, I wish there was a well remastered box set of all his songs, I have spent hours looking to no avail, however missing tracks can usually be found on youtube, so you can make up the complete CD's. Fred Astaire And Ginger Rogers At RKO - gives original film tracks, so so sound, Fred Astaire : Fred Astaire at Mgm, also original film tracks much better, even decent sound. Am no expert but I think there are "essential" tracks missing on both albums, any suggestions Chris B
PS Then he re-recorded (some of) his earlier songs in 1952 with a jazz group, Oscar Peterson I think.
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