Free to Be...You and Me

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
As one of the first children's albums to explore the post-'60s world, focusing on validating emotions and encouraging diversity, Free To Be...You and Me is at once charmingly dated and surprisingly relevant. The datedness is mainly in the music itself, which is bouncy, as-if-rock-was-never-invented pop, performed by '70s TV icon Thomas (Danny's daughter and star of the sitcom "That Girl") and a host of guest celebs. They include Alan Alda, Jack Cassidy (David's Dad on "The Partridge Family"), Harry Belafonte, Mel Brooks, Dick Cavett, Carol Channing, Billy DeWolfe, Rosey Grier, Shirley Jones, Robert Morse, the New Seekers, Diana Ross, Diana Sands, and Tommy Smothers. ...
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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
As one of the first children's albums to explore the post-'60s world, focusing on validating emotions and encouraging diversity, Free To Be...You and Me is at once charmingly dated and surprisingly relevant. The datedness is mainly in the music itself, which is bouncy, as-if-rock-was-never-invented pop, performed by '70s TV icon Thomas (Danny's daughter and star of the sitcom "That Girl") and a host of guest celebs. They include Alan Alda, Jack Cassidy (David's Dad on "The Partridge Family"), Harry Belafonte, Mel Brooks, Dick Cavett, Carol Channing, Billy DeWolfe, Rosey Grier, Shirley Jones, Robert Morse, the New Seekers, Diana Ross, Diana Sands, and Tommy Smothers. As for relevance, many of these songs' themes are just as vital as they were nearly 30 years ago. Thomas and friends look at gender stereotyping ("William's Doll," "Ladies First"), responsibility ("Housework," "Helping"), imaginary pals ("Dudley Pippin and His No-Friend"), and proudly assert, "It's All Right to Cry." Kids have rights, says Thomas, but "Parents Are People Too." And when all's said and done, who isn't "Glad to Have a Friend Like You"?
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: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221832526
  • Catalog Number: 8325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free to Be...You and Me (3:15)
  2. 2 Boy Meets Girl (2:30)
  3. 3 When We Grow Up (2:06)
  4. 4 Don't Dress Your Cat in an Apron - Billy DeWolfe (0:33)
  5. 5 Parents Are People (3:15)
  6. 6 Housework (2:58)
  7. 7 Helping (0:48)
  8. 8 Ladies First (3:30)
  9. 9 Dudley Pippin and the Principal - Bobby Morse (2:05)
  10. 10 It's All Right to Cry - Billy DeWolfe (2:20)
  11. 11 Sisters and Brothers (2:33)
  12. 12 My Dog Is a Plumber (0:30)
  13. 13 William's Doll (3:30)
  14. 14 Atalanta (7:13)
  15. 15 Grandma (2:45)
  16. 16 Girl Land - Jack Cassidy (2:40)
  17. 17 Dudley Pippin and His No-Friend (1:28)
  18. 18 Glad to Have a Friend Like You (2:15)
  19. 19 Free to Be...You and Me (Reprise) - Marlo Thomas (0:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marlo Thomas Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Mel Brooks Vocals, Track Performer
Shirley Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Harry Belafonte Vocals, Track Performer
Diana Ross Vocals, Track Performer
The New Seekers Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Lawrence Conductor
Dick Cavett Vocals, Track Performer
Diana Sands Vocals, Track Performer
Carol Channing Vocals, Track Performer
Rosey Grier Track Performer
Alan Alda Vocals, Track Performer
Jack Cassidy Vocals, Track Performer
Billy DeWolfe Vocals
Sisters and Brothers Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Smothers Vocals, Track Performer
Stephen Lawrence Conductor
Roosevelt Grier Vocals, Track Performer
Bobby Morse Track Performer
Bob Morse Vocals
Technical Credits
Shel Silverstein Composer
Steve Lawrence Arranger
Alan Alda Director
Michael Delugg Engineer
Carole Hart Producer
Joe Jorgensen Engineer
Ed Rice Engineer
Fred Christie Engineer
Stephen Lawrence Arranger, Producer
Laurie Glick Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give your kids something to remeber forever

    We had this when I was a kid- and I was delighted to find it again and have the chance to share it with my own little girl. I remembered every word though I am 36 and it's all still so moving and relevant. It makes me remember a time when all seemed possible. I just wish I could track down the songsheet that went with the original album. It had such great illustrations of smiling horses running free and boys proudly hugging thier dolls. I had no idea when I was little that the people who recorded it were so famous. My brothers, sister, and I will all enjoy reliving this part of our joint childhood!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you don't buy this your crazy

    I have the orignal that my Mom bought me back in 1973 without the 12 page lyric book, but I pulled it out today and sang word for word. As I did that I realized that I need to pass this on to my sisters child, so he to can sing along...we are never to old to be FREE!!! If you have a child...get this! Thanks Mom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Most Remembered Records I've Known

    Free to Be You and me is one of many albums I remember so vary well since childhood. I heard it when I was in preschool while those 33 RPM's were still around. I'm really glad Free to Be is on CD, and I already know the whole thing by heart. I'm 21 years old and I still like listening to children's music. I feel vary fatherly to my young cousins and friends. Buy this CD for your children and the family, and share it with all your loved ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever!!!

    I loved this album when I was younger and love it now that I'm older for the same reasons plus more. The first of my friends are about to have babies and I intend on buying this for their kids, my future kids and anyone else I know that has kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I thought I would never find it again

    I loved this album. I listened to this one over and over again as a child. Now my child can listen to it. I still hum & sing the songs. Weird to see it on CD now. I wish they had a video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You're Bald, Fella. Bald, bald, bald.

    I love this record! I was so happy that my sister finally had children because it gave me an excuse to buy it again. Somehow, I feel less funny as a 33-year old single man listening to these great songs and stories when surrounded by children aged 6 and younger. Although ... if William can have a doll, I can have "Free to Be You & Me," right? If you have children, buy this (or the DVD) this instant! A generation has gone by, and the world still hasn't learned all of the valuable lessons that "Free to Be" has to teach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Free To Be You And Me

    This a great colection of stories and songs.People from about seven to seventy will enjoy this wonderful album.I rate it five stars though I wish I could award it with eighty stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have loved this for 25 + years!

    I grew up on this and now my boys are too. It is the first CD I bought when my four year old was born and both he and his little brother love it. I even took them to see a production of it in Seattle. They loved that too! A must have for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The kind of values that I would like to pass on to my son

    I loved this album as a kid and when I got older, I really understood the message that it was sending. Even before my son was born, I knew that I had to get him this album. Great tunes with great things to say!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Childhood Favorite''

    This childrens musical was my absolute favorite thing to listern to as a child. I can still remember the songs and I am now 33 years old. I have searched all over to find this musical for years and thank God I found it. If you want to see your child full of joy, this is the perfect gift to buy, and you parents, will enjoy it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Education through Song

    Marlo Thomas's unique and creative work will be remebered by everyone who takes the time to listen to the catchy, educational lyrics. No child is ever too young to listen to this CD. The messages sent through these songs teach children in a wonderful way about feminism, social equality, and the reality of life while covering topics such as stereotyping and role fulfilling. Each song is different and captivating, particularly, ''William's Doll,'' and, ''When We Grow Up.'' Play this for your young son, and buy him a doll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This takes me back to my childhood!!

    Back when my age was single digits, my sister and I listened to this all the time. I loved everything on it. I was surprised that I remembered the title, and astounded that it was available. I am going to order a copy for my children and send a copy to my sister so that her children can learn all of these wonderful songs about growing up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a Joy

    There are few things I remember from my childhood with such joy. At 33 years old I Still love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is as good as it gets in kids music with a purpose!

    About 25 years back, my baby sister and I loved this ''album'' and played it over and over and over again. Now, I am a Mom of 4 little girls and this is a must! Girls and Boys are still taught what they should do, feel and think because they are a ''boy'' or a ''girl''. This is good music and has a way of helping kids learn that it is OK to be what you are! Happy Holidays to you and your families from Ange Schaedler in Connecticut!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have For Open Minded Parents

    If you want your kids to think for themselves, add this album to your shopping list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This takes me back

    This album sure takes me back. I remember listening to this when I was a child. My brother and I played it over and over again. I plan on buying this for my children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Years ago for my children, Now for my grandchildren

    This album was great when my kids were little, more important than the catchy music is the message in the lyrics. I'm so glad I came across it now for my grandchildren. I've looked for it in the past, but here it was so easy. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a trip!

    What a trip it is listening to these songs from my childhood! I can just remember sitting on my bedroom floor, listening over and over and over to the cheerful sounds of Marlo Thomas and Friends blasting from my brown Fisher Price record player. A very valuable addition to my CD collection-- I'll treasure forever the wonderful life lessons that Free To Be... You And Me has to offer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful memories

    This album is absolutely fantastic! I remember listening to it with my older sister when we were younger. The ideas and values advocated by this album are wonderful. This album serves as a gentle guide through differences and difficulties of life for the young person, and is just as effective for modern youth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still relevant for today's times

    This was a wonderful album when I sang and danced to it 25 years ago with my sister, and I still have the LP copy from that time period. All of the content is still relevant today even though unfortunately kids are subjected to the complex issues at a much earlier age. The music may be dated, but it is fresh and upbeat and children will enjoy it just as much as the fad music of today. I can't wait to have my 1 year old listen to its lyrics!

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