For the Kids [Nettwerk]

For the Kids [Nettwerk]

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The eclectic mix of classic and original children's songs on For the Kids gathers a diverse group of artists -- and it's for a good cause. Benefiting VH1's Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to enriching music education programs in America's public schools, For the Kids boasts catchy tunes and captivating rhythms that will have…  See more details below


The eclectic mix of classic and original children's songs on For the Kids gathers a diverse group of artists -- and it's for a good cause. Benefiting VH1's Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to enriching music education programs in America's public schools, For the Kids boasts catchy tunes and captivating rhythms that will have listeners of all ages clapping their hands and tapping their feet. Several songs will be familiar to fans of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, including "La La La La Lemon" (performed by Barenaked Ladies), "Mahna Mahna" (performed by Cake), "The Rainbow Connection" (performed by Sarah McLachlan)," and "I've Got to be Clean," (performed by Guster). Among the original creations are "Willie the King," a song about childhood innocence from Semisonic's Dan Wilson; the spunky "The Hoppity Song" from Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik; and a fun-filled tune from performer Bleu about longing for a "Snow Day." Toad the Wet Sprocket's Glen Phillips invites kids to "Have a Little Fun With Me," while Hootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker lets kids know "It's All Right to Cry", initially performed by football star Rosey Grier in 1972 as part of Marlo Thomas's Free to Be You and Me. With a lot of heart and plenty of soul, the artists assembled here are truly doing it For the Kids.

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
VH1's Save the Music Foundation and Nettwerk came together in fall 2002 to support music education around North America. The various-artists collection For the Kids is a delightful way to do it. The 16-track compilation features an assorted mix of classic children's songs and fresh originals sung by some of modern rock's finest artists. For the Kids presents a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan gets a little froggy in covering The Muppet Show favorite "The Rainbow Connection." This particular track was initially introduced by Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie in 1979, but McLachlan's angelic presentation will surely win kids over. Barenaked Ladies and Guster cover Sesame Street favorites, while Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik penned one of the album's most charming moments with "The Hoppity Song." An amazing close to the record comes from blues crooner Tom Waits. Available for the first time, "Bend Down the Branches" is a sweepy bedtime lullaby. Artists like Remy Zero, Ivy, Darius Rucker, and ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips are also included on this sweet effort. A portion of the proceeds made from For the Kids will go to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which has raised more than 21 million dollars for instruments and musical education for 900 public schools in 75 cities across North America since 1997.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Bragg   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tom Waits   Piano,Vocals
Matthew Brubeck   Cello
Sarah McLachlan   Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Ralph Carney   Reeds
Jay Bennett   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Bleu   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Bonadio   Drums
Jennifer Condos   Bass
Ken Coomer   Tambourine
Trevor Dunn   Upright Bass
Joe Gore   Guitar
Mike Henry   Background Vocals
Sean Kelly   Acoustic Guitar
Pierre Marchand   Keyboards
Xan McCurdy   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Jerry Dale McFadden   Keyboards
Rob Mitchell   Drums
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Nick Phelps   Reeds
David Schneider   Background Vocals
Tyler Stewart   Drums
John Stirratt   Guitar,Electric Bass,Guitar (Nashville)
Francis Thumm   Musical Direction
Jeff Tweedy   Cabasa
Jim Creeggan   Bass
Steven Page   Vocals
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Ronnie Buttacavoli   Flugelhorn
Vince Di Fiore   Trumpet,Keyboards,Background Vocals
John McCrea   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Ashwin Sood   Percussion,Drums
Dan Zanes   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals
Raine Maida   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Chantal Kreviazuk   Hammond Organ,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Darius Rucker   Vocals
Barbara Brousal   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Tarquin Katis   Background Vocals
Carla Kihlstedt   Violin
Matt Slocum   Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Kevin Hearn   Keyboards
Peter Katis   Background Vocals
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Bill Jones   Bass
Justin Cary   Bass
Gabe Nelson   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Glen Phillips   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Andrew Borger   Percussion
Shannon McCarthy   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Leslie Van Trease   Musician
Bleu   Guitar,Vocals
Garrett R. Murphy   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Molly R. Stern   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Dustin Hengst   Drums
Cory Sipper   Vocal Harmony
John Paul Powell   Keyboards
Jason Lader   Musician
Pete McNeal   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jazz Nixon   Piano
Melissa Bisagni   Background Vocals
Marissa Barry   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Nichole Barry   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Bianca Bratkon   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Jacob Eigen   Acoustic Bass
Steve Fekete   Guitar
Julie Forrest   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Jackie Friedman   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Kelsey Garvin   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Ryan Garvin   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Max Housman   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Jon Janezic   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Julia Kajen   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Sarah Karten   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Alyssa Lamb   Accordion
Jenny Leland   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Jessica Lesser   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Rachel Matloff   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Hannah Miller   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Zachary Moore   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Leah Moriarty   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Will Morningstar   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Jennifer Pappazisis   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Dominique Pasquarosa   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Gina Pasquarosa   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Ed Robertson   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Billy Bragg   Producer
Tom Waits   Producer
Carol Hall   Composer
Renato Zero   Producer
Barenaked Ladies   Producer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Bleu   Producer
Kathleen Brennan   Producer
Ken Coomer   Tape Box
Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Craig Long   Engineer
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Producer
Brian Scheuble   Drum Engineering
Kirt Shearer   Engineer
Grant Showbiz   Producer
Francis Thumm   Musical Director
Paul Williams   Composer
Dan Wilson   Producer
Wilco   Producer
Ducky Carlisle   Engineer
Raine Maida   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Sixpence None the Richer   Producer
Chantal Kreviazuk   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
John Ondrasik   Producer
Mark Jowett   Producer
Nora Guthrie   Executive Producer
John Rummen   Illustrations
Sank   Producer
Christopher Marc Potter   Engineer
Peter Katis   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Andy Chase   Producer
Jacquire King   Engineer
Curt Schneider   Producer,Engineer
Jordan Richter   Engineer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Glen Phillips   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Sloan   Engineer
Brad Kern   Engineer
Bleu   Producer
Jason Lader   Producer
Leon Dewan   Instrumentation
Tom Gates   Producer

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For the Kids [Nettwerk] 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a draw between this and the Barenaked Ladies Snack Time cd. Both are excellent and both appeal to the talls and smalls in our house. Enjoy!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album primarily because it had a new Barenaked Ladies track on it - but also because I am one of the "Sesame Street" generation & thought it would be fun to have a cd with some classic kids tunes sung by some of my favorite artists from today. I was not disappointed! The tracks on this cd are funny, sweet, nostalgic and even poignant (especially Sarah McLachlan doing a truly beautiful rendition of Kermit's "Rainbow Connection"). There is also a wonderfully diverse range of musical artists on this album... Cake, Tom Waits, Wilco, BNL, Dan Wilson. If you weren't a fan of any/all of these artists *before* hearing the tasty tunes provided on this album, you may well be before you've finished listening to the last track. This would be a fun & even useful gift for friends or family who have young children, but I think it's going to be even more fun for those of us who grew up with Sesame Street and The Muppets. Who can resist singing "Mahna Mahna" or "The Hoppity Song" at the top of their lungs? I sure can't! Better yet, the proceeds from this album go to two great causes; VH1's "Save the Music Foundation" in the U.S. and "The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach" program in Canada. Being a former Band Geek myself, I know how important music was in shaping my character and my life. Other kids should have that same opportunity. And that alone is reason enough to buy this album IMO. La La La.... lovely!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use this album for my children's radio show - it's so diverse and the bands are great...overall just a really fun album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always on the search for fun and "easy for the adult to listen to" childrens music This is one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son enjoys this cd because the songs are on his level and he can sing along. I love it because has variety, and it doesn't really sound like kiddie music! I generally dislike most kiddie cd's, but this one we play all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4 and 2 year old jump for joy when we play Mahna Mahna. All the song are fun.The artist are great. We know all the lyrics and often sing along. These are not the songs that make you crazy at the end of an 8 hour drive. You'll want to listen again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 20 months and she goes bananas for mahna mahna! We both love this cd, I even listen to it on my own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely terrific CD ... great for preschoolers and their hip parents. A must have CD for anyone who wants their kids to enjoy really good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an awesome CD! My 8-month-old loves to listen to it on walks, in the car, in his crib...I listen to it all the time by myself! It is a nice break from "hokie" kids' music - it is contemporary and mature for parents, yet simple and entertaining for children. From the whimsical, folksy sound of Dan Zanes' "Wonderwheel", to the Rockin' kids' anthem of Bleu's "Snow Day", this CD (as well as "For the Kids Too") is the best in my music collection. My other favorites are the hysterical "I've Got to Be Clean" and the carefree "Have a Little Fun With Me". It's a must-buy for every parent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago