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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Former Del Fuegos frontman Dan Zanes is one of the few artists making children's music that appeals to both kids and their parents. House Party is his fourth kids' record and it shows no drop-off in energy or imagination. He and his band create lighthearted, easily rocking tunes with mostly acoustic instruments. Zanes has a great voice for kids' records; loose and light, he sounds more like an older brother than some stuffy old teacher. The tunes are a mix of traditional songs like "Old Joe Clark," "Down in the Valley," and "Hop Up Ladies" and Zanes originals like the fun "House Party Time" and the laid-back country rocker "Sunny Old Sun." A hallmark of Zanes' records is the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Former Del Fuegos frontman Dan Zanes is one of the few artists making children's music that appeals to both kids and their parents. House Party is his fourth kids' record and it shows no drop-off in energy or imagination. He and his band create lighthearted, easily rocking tunes with mostly acoustic instruments. Zanes has a great voice for kids' records; loose and light, he sounds more like an older brother than some stuffy old teacher. The tunes are a mix of traditional songs like "Old Joe Clark," "Down in the Valley," and "Hop Up Ladies" and Zanes originals like the fun "House Party Time" and the laid-back country rocker "Sunny Old Sun." A hallmark of Zanes' records is the wide range of guests who show up to join in the fun. Here, Debbie Harry lends some vocals to a stately "Waltzing Matilda," Bob Weir helps out on "Wabash Cannonball," Angélique Kidjo helps romp through "Jamaica Farewell," and Philip Glass plays pump organ on the sweet ballad "A Place for Us." A couple of the songs feature a group of kids known as the Dandelion Chorus adding vocals, and there is plenty of unique instrumentation to keep the recorded from sounding bland. House Party is a rare kids' record that doesn't condescend to kids; maybe that is why parents, and maybe even people without kids, will find it to be a whole lot of fun.
Time Magazine
The Muppet-haired guitarist of '80s indie-rock band the Del Fuegos now makes eclectic folk rock for kids. House Party combines covers of the familiar (Jamaica Farewell) and the obscure (the rollicking Tennessee Wig Walk) with crafty originals, like the R&B-inflected House Party Time. And the cast of surprise guests, such as Deborah Harry and Bob Weir, will give you an excuse to inflict Blondie and Grateful Dead albums on your children later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Festival Five Rec.
  • UPC: 800495000628
  • Catalog Number: 950006
  • Sales rank: 105,260

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 House Party Time (3:04)
  2. 2 Wabash Cannonball (3:40)
  3. 3 Queremos Bailar - Barbara Brousal (2:47)
  4. 4 Hop Up Ladies (2:36)
  5. 5 Washington at Valley Forge (2:35)
  6. 6 Jamaica Farewell (3:14)
  7. 7 Tankoh-Bushi - Yoshi Waki (0:59)
  8. 8 Down in the Valley - Wayne "Rankin Don" "Father Goose" Rhoden (3:40)
  9. 9 Waltzing Matilda (3:18)
  10. 10 West Indian Counting Song - Courin Gibbs (0:59)
  11. 11 Sunny Old Sun (2:53)
  12. 12 Tennessee Wig Walk (2:22)
  13. 13 Shining Star (2:04)
  14. 14 How Do You Do? - David Jones (2:39)
  15. 15 Daniel in the Den - Donald Saaf (3:00)
  16. 16 Surrounded by Friendship - Cynthia Hopkins (2:40)
  17. 17 Old Joe Clark (4:01)
  18. 18 Hey Little Red Bird (2:39)
  19. 19 We Shall Not Be Moved (2:52)
  20. 20 A Place for Us (6:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Zanes Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Joan Baez Composer
David Bowie Composer
Lord Burgess Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Ike Turner Composer
Dan Zanes Composer
Larry Coleman Composer
Irving Burgie Composer
Barbara Brousal Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Cynthia Hopkins Composer
Pat Rafferty Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome--great for kids and parents!

    We first bought "Rocket Ship Beach" and loved it so much we came back and bought this one. This is the best "kid" CD we've found. Our daughter, niece, and nephew all LOVE the music...and my husband's even been known to listen to it with nary a kid in sight. YOU WILL LOVE THIS CD!

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