Camp Lisa

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The triumph of Lisa Loeb's second children's album (following her first, Catch the Moon, made with Elizabeth Mitchell) is that it is narrowly focused. As the title Camp Lisa suggests, this is a thematic collection of songs about going away to summer camp. Some of its selections, including "Home on the Range," are the sorts of numbers that have been heard around the campfire for generations. Others, including "Ready for the Summer" (from the movie Meatballs) and Neil Young's "Love Is a Rose," have been repurposed from other origins. Among the Loeb originals are pop
ock winners like "Wake Up Song" and the Beatlesque "It's Not Goodbye," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The triumph of Lisa Loeb's second children's album (following her first, Catch the Moon, made with Elizabeth Mitchell) is that it is narrowly focused. As the title Camp Lisa suggests, this is a thematic collection of songs about going away to summer camp. Some of its selections, including "Home on the Range," are the sorts of numbers that have been heard around the campfire for generations. Others, including "Ready for the Summer" (from the movie Meatballs) and Neil Young's "Love Is a Rose," have been repurposed from other origins. Among the Loeb originals are pop
ock winners like "Wake Up Song" and the Beatlesque "It's Not Goodbye," the latter treating the inevitable if heartbreaking end of camp for the year. Loeb is joined by lots of enthusiastic children as well as friends including Maia Sharp, Jill Sobule, and Steve Martin, who contributes banjo playing to the shaggy dog story "The Disappointing Pancake." Camp Lisa is an album that will delight any children going to camp and any grown-ups who have ever been to camp. [A Barnes & Noble Exclusive was also released.]
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  • Kids Sing in the Studio
    Kids Sing in the Studio  
  • Making of Camp Lisa
    Making of Camp Lisa  
  • Kids Sing Campfire Songs
    Kids Sing Campfire Songs  

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Barnes Noble Consign
  • UPC: 634457199927
  • Catalog Number: 2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Are You Ready for the Summer? (1:21)
  2. 2 Going Away (3:28)
  3. 3 Woodchuck #1 (0:23)
  4. 4 The Wake Up Song (1:11)
  5. 5 Best Friend (2:44)
  6. 6 Grandma's in the Cellar (0:41)
  7. 7 The Disappointing Pancake (3:21)
  8. 8 Woodchuck #2 (0:19)
  9. 9 Home on the Range (3:39)
  10. 10 Father Abraham (2:06)
  11. 11 Woodchuck #3 (0:11)
  12. 12 Love Is a Rose (2:07)
  13. 13 Peanut Butter and Jelly (1:06)
  14. 14 When It Rains (3:42)
  15. 15 The Cookie Jar Chant (1:32)
  16. 16 The Cookie Jar Song (2:13)
  17. 17 H.A.P.P.Y. (0:06)
  18. 18 It's Not Goodbye (3:36)
  19. 19 Linger (2:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Loeb Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Camp Lisa Indexed Contributor
Jill Sobule Banjo, Vocals
Michelle Lewis Kazoo, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping, Vocal Harmony
Dan Petty Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Tambourine, Ukulele, Vocals
Doug Petty Piano, Wurlitzer
Maia Sharp Vocals
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Kay Hanley Vocal Harmony
Nina Gordon Vocal Harmony
Leland Sklar Bass
Technical Credits
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Neil Young Composer
Lisa Loeb Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Norman Gimbel Composer
Michelle Lewis Composer, Producer
Dan Petty Composer, Producer, Engineer
Doug Petty Instrumentation
Erick Labson Mastering
Bill Merryfield Art Direction
Janet Billig Rich Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!

    Here I am at Camp Lisa. Now I remember why I always hated camp. First off, Lisa Loeb is obviously just cashing in on the 'make a kids record' trend that so many other artists have followed. In some cases it makes sense, because those artists actually have KIDS. Lisa does not. In fact, the last time I saw her she was selling out her own love life via a tacky reality show, trying to land a guy. I guess it didn't work out too well, because now she's hanging out with us kids. The album is collection of camp-related or themed songs - as you would guess by the title - but there are only 9 original songs here - all cowritten with two other people. And of those 9 only 2 are worth listening to more than once...'Best Friend' and 'When It Rains'. And even then, they just sound like stuff she usually does. Otherwise, we're treated to super-short and throwaway things like 'H.A.P.P.Y.' - all five seconds of it - three annoying takes of the 'Woodchuck' tongue-twister, and other songs that nobody knows who wrote or want to hear again like 'The Cookie Jar Song'. Her unenthusiastic version of the Sharon, Lois and Bram classic 'Peanut Butter' makes me *want* to have a peanut allergy. Don't get excited about the 'special guests' they tell you about in the brochure. Steve Martin only gently plucks away during the confusing-but-meant-to-be-quirky 'Disappointing Pancake' - nothing like the banjo he *used* to play during his standup routines in the late 70s. Jill Sobule, Nina Gordon and Kay Hanley only show up in background vocals, and only once apiece. What a gyp. Makes me want to put frogs in Lisa's sleeping bag. If this is meant to tap the nostalgic nerve of those who actually went to camp, it fails. My camp experience was never like this, and I would have tied anyone to a tree if they made me sing 'Home On The Range.' Parents will not enjoy this and I doubt kids will really go for it. Lisa doesn't sound excited or interested - she sounds tired, and slightly aloof of the whole thing...the same way she sounds when singing about men who don't understand her. It's not enough to just appear cutesy, you have to believe it. What happens at camp stays at camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed Not Like Lisa

    I was very disappointed in the album. Not even one song was worth listening to. My niece wanted to change CD before half through it. Not very interesting or inventive lyrics. Should have listened to samples- but I have never been disappointed with her work before. What happened? Oh I sent it back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Family Album, Fan of Camp or Not!

    If CD's wore out, this one would be dust. We've played it so much around here - in the car, at b-day parties... I get the request for "the pancake song", and "the song with the dog" ALL THE TIME. And the good news is, I'm not totally sick of it! This is one of those rare children's albums that transcends the form enough to be appealing to adults as well. It's not cloying or pandering, but well-crafted and sweet, at times a little sentimental and a little clever, but in a really good way. We love it.

    And I completely disagree with the above reviewer who thinks you have to have kids to make a good kids record! One of the most disappointing recent trends is that of established artists becoming parents and then tossing out an album of the songs they wrote for their own kids without any regard for quality... It's a real pet peeve of mine. And I've been suckered into buying albums I've been totally bummed out about because they're by artists I usually love. That is NOT the case with Camp Lisa! I think Lisa truly understands and loves the medium and would write these songs, kids or no kids.

    It's enjoyable, high quality music for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Family Fun

    Lisa Loeb has the amazing gift of being childlike without being childish. This album has enraptured my 2- and 3-year old children, while speaking to the memories that my wife and I have of summer camp and summer songs. The album has fun songs for kids &quot lively rendition of Father Abraham, silly but uplifting Disappointing Pancake, etc&quot , but it has its mix of beautifully Loeb-y tunes too &quot When It Rains, It's Not Goodbye&quot . The bottom line for us is, do you listen to music and dance with your children, and sometimes play instruments or sing with them? If you are a single person looking for a melancholy or bittersweet album, then Camp Lisa might miss you. But we have children who like to sing along with us and participate in the Cookie Jar song, and mess it up and laugh all the harder. For this family, Camp Lisa became a permanent resident in the CD changer from its very first play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I brought this CD home yesterday and the whole family has been enjoying it since. The kids love how fun it is and me and my husband love that it is great music with smart and fun lyrics!

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