The Astaire Story – Fred Astaire

Artist: Fred Astaire

Genre: Vocal Jazz

Year: 1953

Grade: B

To get a better understanding of the Fred Astaire Story, I’d recommend the classic 1930s musicals, Top Hat and Swing Time. Only the most adventurous (read: obsessive) Astaire fans should seek out this 1953 quad-LP, which becomes rather repetitive rather quickly, even with Oscar Peterson’s rich accompaniment adding some much-needed color. What good is hearing the tap if you can’t see the dance? And Ginger Rogers is nowhere to be found.

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