A World of Happiness

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Following in the footsteps of the classic Free To Be You and Me come this uplifting collection of songs and poems. Designed to inspire a positive attitude and a generous spirit, these sophisticated tracks offer kids advice on leading a life of kindness. All 16 recordings are performed by celebrities dedicated to the cause, such as Deborah Harry, Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Loeb, and Isaac Hayes. Spanning a multitude of genres, but holding the same powerful message, A World of Happiness is an experience not to be missed.
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Following in the footsteps of the classic Free To Be You and Me come this uplifting collection of songs and poems. Designed to inspire a positive attitude and a generous spirit, these sophisticated tracks offer kids advice on leading a life of kindness. All 16 recordings are performed by celebrities dedicated to the cause, such as Deborah Harry, Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Loeb, and Isaac Hayes. Spanning a multitude of genres, but holding the same powerful message, A World of Happiness is an experience not to be missed.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A thoughtfully made children's album, A World of Happiness features original singalong songs performed by a hip, all-star cast that spans Cheers' George Wendt and Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell. While the performers are game and the album's aims are more than admirable, A World of Happiness suffers from some slight songwriting; simply put, some of these songs just aren't that catchy. Illeana Douglas and Gary Oldman give their all to "Just Ask" and Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek do the same on their likeminded duet, "The Jiggles," but their energetic performances tend to emphasize that neither song is particularly memorable after it stops playing. For the most part, the album skillfully avoids the patronizing sweetness of a lot of children's music, although Lisa Loeb's "In the Details" and Rosanna Arquette's "The Possibilities" come close to being saccharine. Some of A World of Happiness' sassier songs are both fun and smart, especially Isaac Hayes' wonderfully cranky "The Grumps," Michael Wincott's deadpan reading of "Tatum the Toad," and Samuel L. Jackson's jazzy turn on "Knowa the Cat." Perry Farrell and Debbie Harry's "The Patience Bossa" is one of the album's best duets, although it could have been even more playful. Gretchen Parlato's "Kassandra the Snake" and George Wendt and the Velvet Snazzletones' "Use Your Words" are two other standouts, mixing education with a sense of play and wonder. A World of Happiness is far from a bad album, but unfortunately its results don't always live up to its intentions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Buena Vista
  • UPC: 050086104772
  • Catalog Number: 861047

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction - Sydnie Leolani Hyams (0:07)
  2. 2 A World of Happiness - Lou Rawls (4:53)
  3. 3 In the Details - Lisa Loeb (3:14)
  4. 4 Just Ask - Tony Dice (2:27)
  5. 5 The Grumps - Isaac Hayes (3:30)
  6. 6 Don'tcha Wanna Know? - Debbie Harry (3:37)
  7. 7 The Jiggles - Bradley Whitford (3:35)
  8. 8 Tatum the Toad - Michael Wincott (1:55)
  9. 9 The Patience Bossa - Perry Farrell (3:13)
  10. 10 Knowa' the Cat - Samuel L. Jackson (4:42)
  11. 11 What Could Be Better? - Annette O'Toole (2:00)
  12. 12 The Possibilities - Tony Dice (4:04)
  13. 13 Kassandra the Snake - Gretchen Parlato (2:52)
  14. 14 Use Your Words - The Velvet Snazzletones (3:10)
  15. 15 Little Me - Magic Johnson (2:38)
  16. 16 The Same Ground - Tor Hyams (2:41)
  17. 17 Syd and Lou Lullaby - Gretchen Parlato (3:12)
  18. 18 A World of Happiness (Reprise) - Lou Rawls (1:10)
  19. 19 Outro - Lilli Elias (0:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lanny Cordola Guitar
Jonathan Elias Hammond Organ
Jack Ellis Trombone
Dennis Farias Trumpet
Don Martin Group Member
Dave Wittman Drums
Jimmy Haun Banjo, Bass
Larry Reed Choir, Chorus
Brian Benning Group Member
Coco Brown Background Vocals
Scott Strecker Trumpet
Vicenzo LoRusso Background Vocals
Cederic Joins Choir, Chorus
Aaron Kohen Bass
Tanisha Brooks Choir, Chorus
Ethan Phillips Bass
Lindsay Brooks Choir, Chorus
Quiana Brown Choir, Chorus
Gennet Dickens Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Dorman Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jack Elias Vocals
Lilli Ellias Vocals
Natalie Erickson Background Vocals
Willie Farr Jr. Choir, Chorus
Mathieu Hyams Guitar
Tor Hyams Piano
David Scharff Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Haley Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Jens Fischer Composer
Ted Kryczko Executive Producer
Mike Mierau Mastering
Michael McKean Composer
Michael Gerlach Engineer
Vicenzo LoRusso Producer
Lilli Ellias Contributor
Sydnie Leolani Hyams Introduction
Tor Hyams Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Krishni Kiffa Composer
Vincenzo LoRusso Producer
David Scharff Composer, Creative Consultant
Ruth Keefer Composer
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