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on 4 November 1999
This is part of Norman Grantz' "Fred Astaire Story" project from the 1950s. The later Astaire turns in relaxed performances, quite different from his sound in the 1930s - better, in fact. He is backed by an excellent small jazz group including Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Charlie Shavers and Flip Philips! They contribute some superb moments to the album, too. The recording quality is excellent and gives an intimate feel. Don't be put off by the terrible cover design. This is a great CD.
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on 25 March 2012
I love to watch Fred Astaire dance, not only could he dance a dream he had a way at putting across a song quite unmatched by others. The songs he sings here are mostly from his RKO days when he danced with Ginger Rogers, the recordings of which can be found on a number of albums. Here he sings the songs of his early career but with a voice that had matured and mellowed throughout the years, these songs are as good as they get.
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on 11 October 2013
Although Fred was not a singer, introduced more Great American Songbook songs than any other. Simply themes of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Berlin which then would be the big hits were sung for the first time by him. Although it should be interpreted instead sung. Really their performances are wonderful, full of feeling and excellent sense of rhythm. And in this combination with Peterson everything is perfect. What a pity that Fred has left us no more interpretations. Simply fabulous.At the end of the last song is a very interesting interview. He says all this album was improvised, unrehearsed, spontaneous.

A pesar de que Fred no era cantante, introdujo mas canciones del Great American Songbook que ningún otro. Sencillamente temas de Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Berlin que luego serian los grandes éxitos fueron cantados por el la primera vez. Aunque no debiera decirse cantado sino interpretado. Realmente sus interpretaciones son maravillosas, llenas de sentimiento y con un excelente sentido del ritmo. Y en esta combinación con Peterson todo está perfecto. Que lastima que Fred no nos haya dejado mas interpretaciones. Sencillamente fabuloso. Al final de la ultima canción hay una entrevista muy interesante. Dice que todo este álbum fue improvisado, sin ensayos, espontáneo.
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on 25 January 2013
Was searching for a copy of a tape compilation I had twenty years ago but this ,although recorded around the same time was even slower than the matured re-recoding he did and moved too far away from the bounce that gave Fred Astaire's songs the appeal they always had in their films.
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on 22 March 2015
Not as good as I hoped. The up-beat numbers are quite swinging, but Fred is not a ballad singer. Oscar Peterson is a bit subdued on some tracks, but generally, the band is fine. Worthy of a punt.
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on 18 May 2012
A bit slow at first hearing but now I'm playing it all the time. Possibly the most relaxing CD in my car glove box.
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