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 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 ...
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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 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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003028820
  • Catalog Number: 30288
  • Sales rank: 17,882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mahna Mahna - Cake (2:53)
  2. 2 La la la la Lemon (1:56)
  3. 3 The Rainbow Connection (3:30)
  4. 4 I've Got to Be Clean - Guster (2:07)
  5. 5 Wonderwheel (3:21)
  6. 6 Have a Little Fun With Me - Glenn Phillips (2:28)
  7. 7 The Hoppity Song (2:27)
  8. 8 My Flying Saucer - Wilco (1:44)
  9. 9 It's All Right to Cry (2:08)
  10. 10 Sing - Ivy (2:50)
  11. 11 Bright Eyes - Remy Zero (2:32)
  12. 12 Willie the King - Dan Wilson (3:22)
  13. 13 Snow Day (2:19)
  14. 14 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Chantal Kreviazuk (2:43)
  15. 15 Goodnight Children Everywhere (3:22)
  16. 16 Bend Down the Branches (1:05)
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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
Billy Bragg Producer
Tom Waits Producer
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
Scott Hull Mastering
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
Traditional Composer
Bleu Producer
Jason Lader Producer
Leon Dewan Instrumentation
Tom Gates Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    It's a draw between this and the Barenaked Ladies Snack Time cd.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS CD + "FOR THE KIDS TOO" = TONS OF GREAT MUSIC!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kids AND Parents just can't get enough!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    music lover

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Grown-up/ Kid CD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My son and I both love it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun to listen to

    Always on the search for fun and "easy for the adult to listen to" childrens music This is one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great album

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth a La La La Listen!

    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!

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    Posted April 25, 2010

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    Posted November 29, 2010

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