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Children's CDs GRAMMY Winners 2001


"Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 3"
Various Artists
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The third "Radio Disney Jams" compilation blasts out with all the bright energy of its predecessors. This star-studded collection of kid favorites reaches to both tweens and their younger compatriots with the infectious "Hampster Dance Song" and the flashy pop of Britney Spears and Vitamin C. In between are teen star Myra's version of "Dancing in the Streets" and Hoku's irresistible "How Do I Feel (The Burrito Song)."

"Toot Toot"
The Wiggles
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Here's another set of finger-snapping, smart, well-produced ditties from Australia's Wiggles. "Toot Toot" has enough guitar and old-school keyboards to keep even the most skeptical music-loving parent interested. As for the kids, they'll simply bounce along to these 23 tunes and not even realize they're hearing lines like "Let's stop at the lights / Look both ways / Look both ways again / Wait for the traffic to come to a stop / Then cross the road with a friend."

"Ralph's World"
Ralph Covert
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If there's one trend in children's music worth celebrating unequivocally, it's the development of young, independent musicians bringing folk and 1960s-era pop to the stage for kids. Ralph Covert does just this, singing alongside acoustic guitars, mandolins, drums, bass, a host of kids, and his own giggly, delightful tunes. These are songs about trains, animals, and more played energetically and fantastically.

"All Wound Up"
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Brave Combo
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Texas's best-loved Polka band, Brave Combo, teams up on this set with two of kid-folk's best-loved performers, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. "Mockingbird Polka" opens the set with an uptempo kick, and then "On the Day You Were Born" mixes Hawaiian, Tex-Mex, and much more. This globe-traversing set belongs in every car and household--whether it's because you love neo-polka or Fink and Marxer's sweet, innocent sounds.

"Rocket Ship Beach"
Dan Zanes & Friends
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Goodness gracious, the beginning of 2001 is a great time for music-loving parents. Singer and guitarist Dan Zanes's "Rocket Ship Beach" falls in step with "Ralph's New World." It's folky, hip, a bit rocking, and altogether a hoot. Classics like "Polly Wolly Doodle" (with Sheryl Crow singing), "Brown Girl in the Ring," and "Over the Rainbow" ensure that kids will catch on. A mix of kids singing along and musicians having a blast will make everyone else catch on. And it all comes in a well-designed board-book package that you'll want to flip through over and over again.


"Seussical the Musical"
Various Artists
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By now you've likely heard the buzz: "Seussical the Musical" is a wild, omnibus tour of Dr. Seuss's oeuvre. Even if you can't see the stage show, the CD will match the buzz. "Horton Hears a Who," "The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz," "A Day for Cat in the Hat," and a few songs for Mayzie are busy works that'll have kids' ears racing and their synapses firing.

"Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast)"
Various Artists
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You wouldn't be alone if you had a hard time envisioning Verdi's classic opera "Aida" as a kid-friendly stage show. In the hands of Elton John and Tim Rice, though, the work comes to robust life. Enough pop touches appear to keep the Radio Disney kids bopping along, and the story itself will compel the slightly older child to listen carefully.


"Elmo and the Orchestra"
Various Artists For children...

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