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Top Pop by Music For Little People is just right for children attracted to pop but perhaps not quite old enough for some of its lyrics and themes. Top Pop features fun songs, like Walk Like an Egyptian, Get the Party Started, and YMCA--all sung by preteens and teenagers with some of the lyrics "cleaned up" for young audiences. There are plenty of fun songs here, such as Who Let the Dogs Out? and the theme from Spiderman.    

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Lovely Baby is an interesting line of recordings for babies. The Lovely Baby: Baby Classics is a truly "lovely" collection of classical music, for example. It features classical pieces like Moonlight Sonata, Brahms' Lullaby, and Ode to Joy by composer Raimond Lap. There are no lyrics, except for baby babbles and some sounds of nature. It's very peaceful, yet gently stimulating. We will have a full review of this series soon. For now, you can visit their site: Lovely Baby for more information.

 

Western music for kids...that's what Buck Howdy's Skidaddle! is all about. This pleasant collection of songs, some of which are standard cowboy tunes, can be enjoyed by both parents and their kids. Our favorite is the cover, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", which is redone with sweet and warm style. "Splish Splash" is buckets of fun as well. In fact, the entire album is a treat! It has a genuine quality that's hard to beat, and Skidaddle! features a nice variety of songs and styles. 

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Ben Rudnick and Friends' latest children's recording, appropriately titled Fun and Games, is fun from the catchy opening tune, Sally Salamander, to the lullaby, Everything is Alright. This recording is, quite simply, outstanding. Margo Timmins and Jeff Bird of the Cowboy Junkies are some of Bed Rudnick's musical friends on the album. We love this one! It's fun and warm, though it never becomes "too much". There's even an ode to macaroni and cheese--a food that is comforting to many young children (I even know of one child who wishes he could record the swishing sound macaroni and cheese makes when it's stirred in a pot for bedtime!). Easy-going sounds and delightful story-songs are featured. 

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Ralph Covert has done it again with his third children's music release, entitled Happy Lemons. If you haven't yet entered Ralph's World, you can safely start with any of the releases. This latest is as family-pleasing as its predecessors. The title song is all about the joys of lemonade in the shade; and there are some delightful covers, such as Betty Botter and What's New Pussycat? that our child testers are crazy for. 

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Music For Little People's latest release in their Celebration series is Celebration of Disco. Compiling some of the biggest disco hits from the seventies' Disco era, carefully selected for kid-friendly lyrics, this new recording can be enjoyed by parents as well as children. Some of the songs included are Kool and the Gang's Celebration, KC & the Sunshine Band's That's The Way (I Like It), and Y.M.C.A performed by the MFLP singers. And, do you remember Disco Duck? It's here too! 

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Some of the latest releases in children's music are exciting indeed--Raffi, who hasn't released a new album for 7 years, Hap Palmer, James Coffey, and more. What follows are some standouts.

 

Daddy-O Daddy! (Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie) American folk singer and guitarist Woody Guthrie is honored in this family recording that collects six previously unrecorded songs as well as Guthrie favorites, performed by the likes of Taj Mahal, Billy Bragg, Syd Straw, and more. Some of the songs on this recording were written for Guthrie's own children. Taj Mahal does Little Sack O Sugar--a standout song with lines like, "little sack of sugar I could eat you up" and, "Hee, hee, hee, my little sack of 'taters/So pretty, pretty, pretty, I could eat your toes". Dry Bed, performed by Billy Bragg & The Blokes, is a fun celebration of continence. Also included is a recitation of Howdy Little Newlycome by Woody himself. This is an exceptional, awe-inspiring, "must-own" family recording.

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Ralph's World: At the Bottom of the Sea follows the outstanding release, Ralph's World, with gusto. You'd think it would be difficult to follow up on such an outstanding children's recording as Ralph's World, but this second album from Ralph Covert is fantastic. The whole family will adore the peppy, creative songs on this recording. 

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Raffi: Let's Play makes a terrific addition to your preschooler's music collection. Wonderfully warm and happy songs fill the CD, and although Raffi's Singable Songs for the Very Young remains our favorite, this latest release is special. Some standouts include the title song, Yellow Submarine, an adaptation of If You're Happy and You Know It, and the delightfully silly Jiggledy Jill (I fall uphill). This CD will not disappoint! 

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Hap Palmer: One Little Sound - Fun with Phonics and Numbers From the "Baby Songs" man comes another warmly educational and fun album that aims to familiarize young children with letter sounds and numbers. Children count, sort, sing, and move along to the music. The CD comes with suggested activities, but the lyrics do a great job of inspiring children to act out as they listen. Excellent for preschoolers, both at home and in school. 

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Beethoven's Wig is a riot. Funny lyrics are set to classical works from the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach. Children will thoroughly enjoy learning about the famous composers and singing along to the goofy lyrics--all while they become familiar with popular classical music recordings. The songs are upbeat, and each is played as an instrumental on the second half of the CD. Exceptional and fun album! 

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Trout Fishing in America: inFINity is absolutely fun. Although Trout Fishing in America didn't start out playing music for kids, what this two-man band does for children's music is about as original as its name. On listening to these kid-friendly, folksy songs, it feels a bit like you are enjoying a comedy routine at the same time. This collection of songs will entertain parents as much as their kids. Your Name Backwards is a favorite song, in which "ordinary names become bizarre" if they're pronounced backwards (Fred becomes Derf, Robert becomes Trebor, and Michelangelo becomes...). An "it-could-be-much-worse" philosophy is adopted in the cute Happy That You're Here ditty, in which Ezra starts off saying that he's happy in a manner that comes across as "insincere", and Keith keeps trying to convince him that he should be "tickled". Traveling-with-kids "issues" are addressed in Are We There Yet?, and Dinosaur in Your Bathtub (and a hippopotamus playing video games) is just plain fun.

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James Coffey: My Mama Was a Train is just right for young locomotive-loving children. Songs like The Little Red Caboose Behind the Train, Counting Those Railroad Cars, and Down By the Station will delight little listeners. Complete with whistle blows, clickety-clacks, and jolly lyrics, My Mama Was a Train is a CD you'll want to play on the road. 

[For more information, user reviews, or to buy: My Mama Was a Train at Amazon.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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