For the Kids Too!

For the Kids Too!

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Kids' compilations come and go, but only a few stand up to the true test: repeated play. Parents will rest easy -- and dance happily -- while their children enjoy For the Kids Too. The follow-up disc to For the Kids spotlights a varied mix of artists that reaches across genre lines for a dynamic collection of new and classic children's songs. Kids' music…  See more details below

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Kids' compilations come and go, but only a few stand up to the true test: repeated play. Parents will rest easy -- and dance happily -- while their children enjoy For the Kids Too. The follow-up disc to For the Kids spotlights a varied mix of artists that reaches across genre lines for a dynamic collection of new and classic children's songs. Kids' music veterans like folk singer Elizabeth Mitchell ("Catch the Moon") and Chicago troubadour Ralph's World ("At the Bottom of the Sea") make good company for more recent converts like alt rockers They Might Be Giants ("John Lee Superstar"). And then you have those who are kids at heart: Singer-songwriter David Mead explains in the liner notes that he wrote and recorded "I Like to Run, I Like to Jump" because he missed the feeling of "freedom and lightness" from his childhood, and his sweet, Beatlesque offering certainly evokes the sentiment. Another Beatles acolyte, Matthew Sweet, likewise succeeds on his faithful cover of the Fab Four's gorgeous "Goodnight." Jason Mraz takes a stab at the Sesame Street classic "The Rainbow Connection," leading one to wonder if the record label, Nettwerk America, will include a cover of this tune on each of their children's discs (not that we mind). And with proceeds from the disc's sale benefiting the Lili Claire Foundation, For the Kids Too proves it's got a lot to offer to kids of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nettwerk America and VH1's second installment in their For the Kids series offers up an another eclectic roster of alternative, folk, indie, and modern rock faces to raise money for the Lili Claire Foundation. For the most part, the songs are genuinely fun, endlessly playful, and appealing to both young and old. Choice covers -- Bay area singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson turns Prince's "Starfish and Coffee" into a Dave Matthews-style acoustic romp, Matthew Sweet gives the Beatles' "Goodnight" all of the lullaby warmth that it deserves, and Ron Sexsmith takes a walk down Sesame Street with "Very First Day" -- and spirited originals abound, but it's the lack of pretense that permeates the project as a whole that makes each offering so listenable. So why does Jason Mraz feel the need to turn "Rainbow Connection," a track that already appeared on the first collection, sung by Sarah McLachlan, into a hack Jeff Buckley/Chet Baker cabaret piece? Somewhere Kermit the Frog is ripping out the webbing between his toes. Bonus creep points, however, for including Robyn Hitchcock's "I Often Dream of Trains," a moody ballad that wouldn't seem at all out of place emanating from a Roald Dahl book, in which Hitchcock provides the following insight, "When you're young, death is a long way off, like a very distant railway station on the horizon. Maybe death is collecting the tickets on the train."
Time Magazine
Proceeds from this kids' alternative-rock collection benefit children with neurological disorders, but there are reasons other than charity to buy it. It combines playful tunes first recorded for grownups (Robyn Hitchcock's I Often Dream of Trains) with new originals and covers (among them a haunting, mandolin-laced My Favorite Things by Winnipeg band Nathan). It's a diverse hipster primer for your favorite alternatoddler.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003038928
catalogNumber:
30389

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gracie Folds   Vocals
Louie Folds   Vocals
Sonny Jim   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Robyn Hitchcock   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Prince   Composer
Matthew Sweet   Producer
They Might Be Giants   Composer,Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Lisa Loeb   Composer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Warren Defever   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Brad Jones   Producer
Duke McVinnie   Composer
Susannah Melvoin   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Ralph Covert   Composer,Producer
Kirsty Hawkshaw   Composer,Producer
Dan Littleton   Composer
Jason Lehning   Producer
Elizabeth Mitchell   Composer,Producer
Mark Jowett   Executive Producer
Robin Eaton   Producer
John Rummen   Illustrations
Luther Wright & The Wrongs   Composer
Sarah Harmer   Producer
Jim Powers   Producer
David Mead   Composer,Producer
Louie Lino   Engineer
Martin Terefe   Producer
Paper Moon   Composer
Butterfly Boucher   Producer
Brandon Friesen   Producer
Zach Dychs   Engineer
Elegant Too   Producer
Tom Gates   Executive Producer
Ian Dittbrenner   Engineer

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For the Kids Too! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This second addition to the "FOR THE KIDS" series is even more charming than the first. The CD kicks off with 2 of my favorites. "I'm Different" sends a great message "Born with 10 toes, or even born with 9 - where there is love, then who I am is fine"...David Mead's "I Like to Run..." song is a great reminder to kids to get outside and move! I actually sing it to my son to get him to go to sleep! For you Lisa Loeb fans, the collaboration with Elizabeth Mitchell for "Catch the Moon" is absolutely the sweetest song I've heard in a long time. You can listen to the song (and see the video) in it's entirety at Noggin.com. Finally, "The Very First Day" gives me goosebumps. It is a short, gentle song about being nice to the "new kid", and how kindness goes a long way. What an awesome collection of feel-good, easy-to-listen to songs!!! PS - If you do buy it, be sure to read the liner notes by the artists. It helps you appreciate the lyrics even more.