Posted 4 JUNE 2001
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A subscriber from New Jersey loves Mr. Ray's "Start Dreaming": "My
husband and I both find ourselves singing along and loving it! Our
two boys (and their friends and cousins) know all the words, and get
up and boogie when we play the CD. The songs are fun, easy to learn
and sing along with, and each has an important message for kids."
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If Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is a Radio Disney megahit, then
Ray Munns's "Ray's House" deserves bigtime airplay. A hip set of
dance mixes, this CD is peppy and features remixes of Dido and
Delerium tunes that'll put the 8-years-and-older crew in motion.
"John Tesh Presents Classical Music for Babies (And Their Moms) Vol.
John Tesh Presents
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Mellow and high quality, this set of classical pieces is for
mothers and their kids when calm is called for.
"Mother Goose Songs & Rhymes"
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Little ones love rhymes and stories and repetition of the sort
found in Mother Goose. This treatment by the Disney crew is heaps of
fun. And a bargain!
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"The Swim," "Y.M.C.A.," and "Born to Hand Jive" are just three of
the grooving good-time selections that await you on "Dancin' Tunes."
Here, familiar favorites are expertly done in Disney fashion.
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If your kids love animals, "Animal Rock" will delight them. It's
fun and bright and never cloying for the adults--even on tunes such
as "Rhinos! Rhinos! Can't Be Beat!"
BIG TUNES FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
Music for Little People
The California-based Music for Little People record label takes kids
to musically distinct places, whether it's to Louisiana for a zydeco
set such as "Choo Choo Boogaloo" or to Los Angeles (and beyond) for
Los Lobos' "Papa's Dream." Here are some of the label's best
BEING AND BOP
Jazz for Kids Essentials
If there's a "Mozart effect" that lights up the imaginations and the
intellects of children with the intricate constructions of classical
music, then there's undeniably a similar "jazz effect." Here are
some great jazz CDs that kids will dance to and love, regardless of
the music's learning quotient.
ESSENTIAL KID LISTENING
"Hot Hot Hot Dance Songs"
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The humorously attractive "Sesame Street" tunes, and the show's even
more lovable furry characters, have provided entertainment and
education to millions of children and their parents. But the
characters have also become recording stars, sometimes attracting
NEW AND NOTABLE Posted 2 MAY 2001
"Pokemon 3 [SOUNDTRACK]"
Down the unending stream of Pokemon recordings comes
"Pokemon 3," a pop-fueled follow-up to this year's "Totally
Pokemon." It's a fun rave-up and great for the true-blue fans
of Pikachu and his cohort.
"Thomas' Songs & Roundhouse Rhythms"
Thomas & Friends
Thomas the Tank Engine's day might have come and gone in the world
of public television, but his stories and songs go on. This
collection boasts favorite Sodor tracks and a tour of the island
with a cast of Thomas's pals.
Boy-band pop is "the" craze, even though some of the genre's biggest
names are waiting until later in 2001 to release new albums. Check
out O-Town, the fresh-faced stars of ABC's "Making the Band," and
groove with what kids between 7 and 11 are loving so thoroughly.
LULLABY AND GOOD NIGHT
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Not much in the world is more gently poetic than a sleeping baby.
But ask any parent of a young child and they'll tell you that infant
slumber is not only poetic but pragmatic. The world's composers and
songwriters have composed reams of music to help parents by easing
the young ones into dreamland. Here are some splendid go-to-sleep
recordings that will color the sleepy-time hours with soothing
lullabies, lovely lyrics, global voices, and even comforting womb
Folk for Kids Essentials
Woody Guthrie once noted, "By far my best audience for folk songs
and ballads so far have been the kids. They look and they listen and
they don't make a single sound. The story you are telling them in
words goes through the minds like a newsreel, only plainer." Guthrie
and his contemporaries seemed as drawn to tykes as they were to
making music, making tracks, and making a fuss. Here are some of the
signature children's recordings by artists who helped shape folk
Do you want some timeless recordings for children? Marlo Thomas,
Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Vince Guaraldi, a flying car, a singing
nun--they're all here on disc and ready for the kids' ears.
Wheezie, Zach, Ord, Cassie, and Emmy couldn't have created a better mix than "Dragon Tunes." This collection's bubblegum-pop energy is colorful enough to enliven any afternoon and have the kids dancing as they soak up the wisdom of their favorite dragons.
"Disney's Greatest Vol. 1
The first of Disney's two-volume "Greatest" series is a smash. The 20 songs lean toward the 1980s and '90s, but also included are "Heigh-Ho," "I Wan'na Be Like You," and "Once Upon a Dream." These are the studio's most memorable tunes, hands down.
"Disney's Greatest Vol. 2"
Again favoring the studio's most contemporary works, "Disney's Greatest, Vol. 2" also includes a bevy of classics--from "It's a Small World" to "Bare Necessities," "Winnie the Pooh," and the wonderful "I've Got No Strings." Another can't-miss collection.
Original TV Soundtrack
The good thing about this "Tenchi Muyo!" collection is that the 13 songs stand well outside the hit anime series. It's pure Japanese pop, with string flourishes and uptempo flashes highlighting the English vocals.
Leave it to the world of animation to come up with the supercool soundtracks. Although released last September, the "Digimon" soundtrack has an all-ages energy that's cool enough to entertain Mom and Dad while mesmerizing the kids with motion, action, and adventure.
"Kids, Cars & Campfires"
Red House Records presents this 14-song collection just in time for spring, with its road trips and other outings. The artists and songs are topnotch, including Greg Brown, Guy Davis, and Suzzy Roche. Every car with kids needs a few bars of "Yankee Doodle" and "Froggie Went A-Courtin."
A customer from Illinois loves Justin Roberts's "Yellow Bus": "In the three days since I bought this disc, I have in turn been unable to get 'Rocketship,' 'Willy Was a Whale,' and 'Tickle My Toes' out of my head. I find myself singing them to myself at work, and just let me say I'm glad I'm not the only parent of a small one in my office! Whether you're a kid or a grandparent or in between, Justin's new album is a treasure. Buy it. You'll be glad."