Kid Pan Alley

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All Music Guide - Michael Berick
Kid Pan Alley is a laudable concept that has also yielded a marvelous album of family music. Organized by Nashville musician Paul Reisler in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the album features songs co-written by Nashville songwriters and Nashville school children. These collaborative efforts were then recorded by a number of prominent musicians, including Amy Grant, Delbert McClinton and Raul Malo. The results are a surprisingly wide range of musical styles but a consistently high level of musical quality. Several songs, such as "Whispering in Spanish" sung by Malo and "Christmas in Tennessee" sung by Grant, wouldn't seem out of place on an adult album....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Berick
Kid Pan Alley is a laudable concept that has also yielded a marvelous album of family music. Organized by Nashville musician Paul Reisler in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the album features songs co-written by Nashville songwriters and Nashville school children. These collaborative efforts were then recorded by a number of prominent musicians, including Amy Grant, Delbert McClinton and Raul Malo. The results are a surprisingly wide range of musical styles but a consistently high level of musical quality. Several songs, such as "Whispering in Spanish" sung by Malo and "Christmas in Tennessee" sung by Grant, wouldn't seem out of place on an adult album. Others tunes -- like "Cartoons," "No Fair" and "Sleep All Day" featuring lead vocals by Kix Brooks, Will Hoge, and Kim Richey, respectively -- so accurately convey a child's eye view of the world that it's no surprise that they were written with kids' participation. While the sounds of country music play a significant role in this disc, there also are excursions into jazz the delightful "Stinky Socks", reggae the joy-filled "Goin' to the Park", and funk the slinky "The Cheetah". The latter two songs form part of the especially strong quintet of tunes that kick off the disc. Also notable among these first tracks is "Little Drop of Water." Sung by Beth Nielsen Chapman in a voice that swings gleefully from childlike to adult, this wonderful tune is an infectious charmer that also nicely utilizes the chamber orchestra in its arrangement. While this song imparts a gentle lesson in water usage, some other numbers hold more overt messages. "Can't Remember What I Forgot" takes a rather grown-up look at aging, while "Download It All for Free" wraps up its PSA-like point about downloading in a twangy ditty. Not every song, however, comes with a moral. "Freaky Friday" and "Scary Things" offer some simple spooky fun, with the latter tune sounding remarkably like an old Disney movie number. Reisler deserves many kudos for putting this project together and creating an upbeat album that provides entertainment for the entire family.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397442129
  • Catalog Number: 4421
  • Sales rank: 173,269

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bouncin' off the Bottom (3:22)
  2. 2 Little Drop of Water (3:19)
  3. 3 The Cheetah (3:05)
  4. 4 Rainforest (3:32)
  5. 5 Goin' to the Park (3:07)
  6. 6 True to Me (3:45)
  7. 7 Whispering in Spanish (3:24)
  8. 8 Freaky Friday (3:31)
  9. 9 Download It All for Free (2:29)
  10. 10 Cartoons (2:27)
  11. 11 Can't Remember What I Forgot (2:53)
  12. 12 Scary Things (4:07)
  13. 13 Pretty Good Day (2:51)
  14. 14 Stinky Socks (3:13)
  15. 15 Christmas in Tennessee (3:31)
  16. 16 No Fair (3:25)
  17. 17 Extra Hand (2:51)
  18. 18 Sleep All Day (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kid Pan Alley Primary Artist
Delbert McClinton Vocals, Background Vocals
Suzy Bogguss Vocals
Beth Nielsen Chapman Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Bill Lloyd Background Vocals
Amy Grant Vocals
John Jorgenson Banjo, Clarinet, Guitar, Mandolin
Jimmy Hall Vocals
Kix Brooks Vocals
Mike Compton Mandolin
Chip Davis Background Vocals
Lari White Vocals
Jon Vezner Vocals, Background Vocals
Fred Bogert Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar
Dennis Burnside Keyboards
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
Kathy Chiavola Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Coffin Saxophone
Dennis Crouch Bass
David Davidson Violin
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Pat Enright Guitar, Vocals
Shannon Forrest Drums
John Gardner Drums
George Hawkins Bass
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Tom Hemby Acoustic Guitar
David Hobbs Trumpet
Jim Hoke Saxophone
David Hungate Bass
DeMarco Johnson Keyboards
Angela Kaset Background Vocals
Jeff King Electric Guitar
Raul Malo Vocals
Leon Medica Bass
Jonell Mosser Vocals
Gary Nicholson Background Vocals
Alan O'Bryant Banjo
Dave Pomeroy Bass
Paul Reisler Hammered Dulcimer
Kim Richey Vocals
Darrell Scott Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Sims Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Lynn Williams Drums
Doug Crider Background Vocals
Paul Colman Vocals
Pete Huttlinger Guitar
Paul Brannon Guitar
John Lancaster Keyboards
Shirley Settles Background Vocals
Marvin Sims Drums
Mustafa Abdul-Aleem Vocals, Berimbau, Djembe
Dann Sherrill Timbales
Georgia Middleman Background Vocals
Will Hoge Guitar, Vocals
Dean Tomasek Bass
Rob McNelley Guitar
Brian Layson Guitar
Calvin Settles Background Vocals
Odessa Settles Background Vocals
Gilbert Long Tuba
William Tyler Choir, Chorus
Todd Suttles Background Vocals
Paul Gambill Conductor
Al "Third Grade Class" Amore Background Vocals
Laura Benton Background Vocals
John Bindel Vocals, Baritone
Jennifer Bulger Background Vocals
Gabriella Campo Choir, Chorus
Mackenzie Cantwell Background Vocals
Anida Chareunsouk Choir, Chorus
Daniella Colazo Choir, Chorus
Naomi Craig's Second Grade Class Background Vocals
Naomi Craig's Third Grade Class Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Beth Nielsen Chapman Songwriter
Bill Lloyd Songwriter
Matthew Wilder Engineer
John Knowles Songwriter
Melissa Javors Songwriter
Jon Vezner Songwriter
Fred Bogert Producer, Engineer
Mike Bradley Engineer
Don Cook Producer
Connie Ellisor Arranger
Don Hart Arranger
Gary Hedden Mastering
Angela Kaset Songwriter
Chris McDonald Arranger
Gary Nicholson Songwriter, Producer
Alan O'Bryant Producer
Jim Photoglo Songwriter
Paul Reisler Songwriter, Producer, Artistic Director
Tim Roberts Engineer
Pamela Rose Songwriter
Tommy Sims Producer, Engineer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Rick Beresford Songwriter
Jason Blume Songwriter
Drew Douthit Digital Editing, Vocal Engineer
Paul Gambill Producer, Music Direction, Artistic Director
James Dean Hicks Songwriter
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