World of Happiness

A World of Happiness

     
 
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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Buena Vista
UPC:
0050086104772
catalogNumber:
861047

Tracks

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   Choir, Chorus
Mathieu Hyams   Guitar
Tor Hyams   Piano
David Scharff   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Cy Coleman   Composer
Jens Fischer   Composer
Ted Kryczko   Executive Producer
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

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