Smithsonian Folkways Children' CD (1998)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Smithsonian Folkways
SKU 60027590
UPC 093074504321
UPC 14 00093074504321
Format CD
Release Date 3/17/1998
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Anthony Seeger (Compilation)
CatalogID 45043
Lable Name Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released 03/17/1998
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093074504321
Album Notes and Credits
Includes liner notes by Anthony Seeger.
Liner Note Author: Anthony Seeger.
Unknown Contributor Role: Carla Borden.
Arrangers: Ella Jenkins; Lead Belly.
There are over 200 children's recordings in the Folkways catalog. This is not just a smart collection of 26 of the best items from that body of work; it's also folk music that adults might actually listen to for pleasure, at least for part of the time. There are kids' songs, or at least songs that are fun for kids to sing, from such folk giants as Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, and Woody Guthrie; Guthrie's "Riding in My Car (Car Song)" is a particular hoot. But there are also tracks from far lesser-known performers, such as children's music specialist Ella Jenkins, and, most importantly, a smattering of cuts from singers of several different continents. There's calypso from Lord Invader, African folk from W.K. Amoaku, Yiddish folk from Ruth Rubin, and selections from Puerto Rican and Mexican artists, not to mention poems by Langston Hughes. It's a fine way to help give kids a multicultural musical grounding without being doctrinaire in the least. ~ Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1 Riding In My Car (Car Song) - Woody Guthrie
2 Mary Mack - Ella Jenkins
3 All Around The Kitchen - Pete Seeger
4 Ha Ha This A-Way - Leadbelly
5 Merrily We Roll Along - Lord Invader & The Calypso Orchestra
6 Miwoe Nenyo - Willie K. Amoaku
7 Pole Pole - Ella Jenkins
8 Dreams and Youth: Dreams / Youth - Langston Hughes
9 Why Oh Why - Woody Guthrie
10 I Had A Rooster - Pete Seeger
11 Oksn - Ruth Rubin
12 Sur Le Pont D'Avignon - Alan Mills
13 Benjamin Franklin - Illinois School Children
14 Pollitos/The Chicks, Los - Suni Paz :: The Chicks - Suni Paz
15 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Ella Jenkins
16 ABC's - Ella Jenkins
17 Animal Alphabet - Alan Mills
18 Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo - Cisco Houston
19 Vibora de la Mar/Serpent of the Sea, La - Mexican Children :: Serpent Of The Sea - Mexican Children
20 Wolf Song and Turtle Song: Wolf Song / Turtle Song - Irene Poolaw
21 Bedbug - Arna Bontemps
22 Skip to My Lou/Four Pence a Day: Skip To My Lou / Four Pence A Day - Pete Seeger
23 Hey Coal Miner - Larry Long
24 Among The Little White Daisies - Jean Ritchie
25 Old Bell Cow - The New Lost City Ramblers
26 One Grain Of Sand - Pete Seeger (excerpt)

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