Fred Astaire

Astairable Fred

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This compilation brings together recordings made by Fred Astaire late in his career, most of them studio tracks originally released on singles, most of them between 1955 and 1957. Of the 16 tracks, eight were released on four Verve singles, with two each released on singles by RCA Victor, Choreo, and Ava, and the remaining two tracks, "Let's Kiss And Make Up" and "'S Wonderful" (with an uncredited Leslie Caron), drawn from the 1957 soundtrack to Funny Face. Astaire is still in good voice in his late 50s and early 60s, but the material, while sometimes well suited to him (i.e., the recitation "The Martini"), is for the most part mediocre. The exceptions come with the two Johnny Mercer songs that make up the 1955 RCA single "Something's Gotta Give"/"Sluefoot" (both from the Astaire film Daddy Long Legs), the two Gershwin songs that make up the 1956 Verve single "Funny Face"/"He Loves And She Loves" (both from Funny Face), and the soundtrack songs, both of which were also written by the Gershwins. The material is, however, historically significant in that it marks the last studio recordings Astaire made until the mid-'70s.

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