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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Free to Be...You and Me, which was originally released in 1972, continues its domination of the children- or in this case, grandchildren- of-hippies market with its latest reissue on Arista and Legacy Recordings under the Family Artist Series. With songs and poems that emphasize the importance of staying true to oneself, respecting others, tolerance, and dispelling societally constructed stereotypes, Marlo Thomas and friends including Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, and Mel Brooks offer a kind and fun way to deal with these issues. From the self-explanatory title song to ex-NFL lineman Rosey Grier's slightly funky complete with a wah wah guitar solo "It's All Right...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Free to Be...You and Me, which was originally released in 1972, continues its domination of the children- or in this case, grandchildren- of-hippies market with its latest reissue on Arista and Legacy Recordings under the Family Artist Series. With songs and poems that emphasize the importance of staying true to oneself, respecting others, tolerance, and dispelling societally constructed stereotypes, Marlo Thomas and friends including Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, and Mel Brooks offer a kind and fun way to deal with these issues. From the self-explanatory title song to ex-NFL lineman Rosey Grier's slightly funky complete with a wah wah guitar solo "It's All Right to Cry," about the benefits and normalcy of expressing emotions, from "Parents Are People" to the skit "Boy Meets Girl," about the inaccuracy of assigned gender roles, each track on the album aids in continuing this message of understanding. Being that Thomas herself was an active feminist, and the original proceeds went towards the Ms. Foundation For Women and both Ms. Magazine's Children's Feature Editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Editor-In-Chief Gloria Steinem contributed to the liner notes, it's unsurprising that so much of the record focuses on gender-based stereotypes, but Thomas and the songwriters are careful to approach the issue from the female and male perspectives, showing that both are equally affected. They also make learning about these problems enjoyable, incorporating animals, quirky rhymes, catchy songs, and images of children playing, so that the album doesn't come across as heavy handed or preachy. Rather, it's the effort of a group of people who were concerned about the societal pressures their children and nieces, as in Thomas' case were facing and wanted to do something about it. And what they created, Free to Be...You and Me, in its more than 30-year lifespan, has proven itself as a useful tool in that cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828768031322
  • Catalog Number: 80313

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marlo Thomas Primary Artist
Stephen Lawrence Conductor, Background Music
Technical Credits
Shel Silverstein Composer
Marlo Thomas Liner Notes
Carol Hall Composer
Mary Rodgers Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Alan Alda Direction
Michael Delugg Engineer
Carole Hart Composer, Producer
Joe Jorgensen Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser Engineer
Carl Reiner Composer
Ed Rice Engineer
Fred Christie Engineer
Stephen Lawrence Arranger, Composer, Producer
Nedra Olds-Neal Reissue Producer
Joel Zimmerman Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Gloria Steinem Liner Notes
Peter Stone Composer
Bruce Hart Composer, Producer
Dan Greenburg Composer
Shelley Miller Composer
Dorothy H. Cohen Liner Notes
Bea Feitler Cover Design
Laurie Glick Illustrations
Letty Cottin Pogrebin Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get multiple copies!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a WONDERFUL CD! When I was a child I performed this as a play in kindergarten, it made such an impact on me that I searched for it when my daughter was the same age. I purchased a bunch of them and gave them as birthday presents. EVERY child that was given one, from age 4 up LOVED IT!!! The parents all loved it and everyone is just thrilled with the messages in it. So what are you waiting for???? BUY MULTIPLE COPIES NOW!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Children's Music Ever.

    I cannot say enough about how much this music influenced my life and widened my understanding of the world. The tunes are catchy, hard to forget and - even after all these years - a joy to remember. With lyrics like: William Wants a Doll and When I grow up will I be pretty, will you be big and tall?...well I don't care if I'm pretty at all and I don't care if you never get tall, I like what I look like and you're nice small so we don't have to change at all" No child should grow up without it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crucial

    This album is fantastic. As a child, I listened to it over and over, and it had an incredible impact on me. It shaped the way I looked at gender, and helped me feel, as a little girl, that there was nothing I couldn't do if I set my mind to it. What's amazing is that it still isn't dated. Truly wonderful.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful still!

    How could this possibly be out of date? I played this for my children as they were growing up, and they loved it as much as I did. They've become compassionate, productive citizens in their communities, and slow to place judgement on others, for which I am thankful. This is a great way to gain an understanding of how silly it is to judge people by their individual likes and dislikes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TERRIFIC MOVIE ALSO

    i HAVE THE DVD, It is terrific. I am 51 and i like diecent shows like these. Children should watch shows like this instead of the movies that are coming out now that parents let them watch and then wonder why kids turn out the way kids do.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oldie but a goodie

    I have listened to this "record" since I was a little girl and have loved the video version as well. Every time I hear it it reminds me of the 1970's and all of the efforts that went in to breaking down social barriers, gender discrimination, and racism in our country. Awesome choice for little people who need their minds to grow!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    family with two boys

    My boys received this record and book when they were very young. I raised them with the songs and stories and truly believe they are better men because of it. My older son has two daughters now, and I will purchase the CD for them so they can enjoy it now. I also taught preschool and early elementary and exposed those students to the songs and stories. I have enjoyed sharing this wonderful experience with them, especially Margo Thomas reading the story about the little princess who believes that ladies should come first. There is now a commercial on TV that uses the theme song. It brings back wonderful memories from my sons' childhood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pass it on

    Got this for my daughters when they were young (cassette version);
    have now (at their request) have given it to them again (CD version) for their daughters...
    Good for all ages to grow up with, first the music and then to take lessons from

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Required listening for all kids!

    I am blown away that this was issued in the 70's. I listened as a child but it was not until my own kids sang the words, did I realize how great and "radical" it really is -- gender equality, differences and respect. The diversity of the vocal line up is unmatched by anything on the market today.

    My hat goes off to Marlo and friends for pushing the edge of the envelope then, it is still incredibly relevant today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a GREAT buy!

    I bought this cd for my 9-yr old daughter because I remembered having the album as a child, and loving it! She loves it, too. The songs are exactly the same - you won't be disappointed. These are fun songs that teach your child that it is okay to be yourself. If you have the old book, you can read/sing along with the cd (the new book has most of the same songs/stories, but there are a few new ones). I highly recommend buying this for your son or daughter! Now if I could only find the old book...mine is long gone...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Childhood memories

    This CD brought back a flood of great childhood memories. I really enjoyed the stories that are told in the songs. I can't wait to share it with my niece and grandchildren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still relevant after all these years

    I just bought this recently because I remember it so distinctly from my childhood with a women's-lib single mom. My 3-year old girl loves "the baby story" (Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas as babies trying to determine what gender they are based on appearance), and my 4-1/2-year old princess-loving girl loves the story about Atalanta running a race, tying with her would-be suitor.

    The lessons in this album are great - be who you are, treat each other with respect, etc. - and the material and cast (inc. Diana Ross, Mel Brooks, Alan Alda) are first-rate. Catchy songs I still love hearing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awful! Awful! Awful!

    As a teacher, I'm always on the lookout for another way to boost my kids' self-esteeem and build a positive community. This CD is out of touch and out of date. Use it as a historical look at our culture. Otherwise, don't bother!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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