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The Essential Albums

In order to obtain all of Fred's Studio recordings, one needs only to buy these albums:

The Astaire Story
(2 CDs)
Rarities (1 CD)
Fred Astaire Sings
(1 CD)
Fred Astaire: The London Sessions (3 CDs)
Centenary Collection
(4 CDs)
18 Timeless Recordings (1 CD)
My Greatest Songs (1 CD)
  (larger image/back cover)
Astaireable Fred (1 CD)
See my analysis of the minimum CDs needed to obtain all of Fred's recordings that are released on CD for more information.


If you wish to obtain soundtrack recordings, these two albums are essential aside from the movie soundtrack albums:

Fred Astaire At MGM
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at RKO
(Or try Collector's Choice Music)
However, if you do not wish to purchase "Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at RKO" the following two CDs serve as adequate substitutes:

Ginger and Fred at RKO

Ginger and Fred at RKO vol. 2

If you wish to obtain instrumental or orchestral versions of the soundtracks, you may wish to check out these albums:

Menuhin & Grappelli Play... Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, et. al
featuring Yehudi Menuhim and Steve Grappelli

Top Hat: Music From The Films Of Fred Astaire
by Henry Mancini

Other Releases

Best Of Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire: A Couple Of Song And Dance Men
A one CD compilation of the Fred and Bing duets from the London Sessions
Cocktail Hour: Fred Astaire
A good introductory set to Fred, with most of his hits
Crazy Feet!
Contains many tracks from his Broadway days
Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings
One CD compilation of tracks from The Fred Astaire Story plus an interview unavailable elsewhere
A Portrait Of Fred Astaire
A comprehensive collection that covers both the Broadway and Brunswick (RKO) days
Songs & Pictures 1928-1944 
A French compilation that also has a number of the harder to find tracks, such as "I'll Capture Your Heart" and "Wedding In The Spring."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 06:37