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It takes a rare artist to pull off kid-friendly tunes like “Ugly Duckling,” “Minute Waltz,” “Singin’ in the Bathtub,” and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket “ as well as more adult fare like “Getting to Know You,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “Not While I'm Around,” and “Rhode Island Is Famous for You” with equal aplomb. A strikingly versatile vocalist, Mandy Patinkin has long proven that there’s little you can throw at him that he can’t imbue with sincerity, charm, and passion. On a project specifically geared toward both kids and adults (hence “kidults”) Patinkin bridges the generation gap with heartfelt singing that seamlessly unites the disparate material. Interesting combinations of ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It takes a rare artist to pull off kid-friendly tunes like “Ugly Duckling,” “Minute Waltz,” “Singin’ in the Bathtub,” and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket “ as well as more adult fare like “Getting to Know You,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “Not While I'm Around,” and “Rhode Island Is Famous for You” with equal aplomb. A strikingly versatile vocalist, Mandy Patinkin has long proven that there’s little you can throw at him that he can’t imbue with sincerity, charm, and passion. On a project specifically geared toward both kids and adults (hence “kidults”) Patinkin bridges the generation gap with heartfelt singing that seamlessly unites the disparate material. Interesting combinations of songs, (“Japanese Sandman” linked to Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”), charming ditties that haven’t been heard in a while ("A" You’re Adorable”), and classics that just can’t be heard too often (“If I Only Had a Brain”) all make Kidults an unexpected treat for the whole family.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Many recording artists who make children's albums shade them at least a little toward the parents, but Mandy Patinkin has made that tendency explicit starting with the title of Kidults. As on his previous albums, he borrows mostly from Broadway for material, but he is also trying to find songs for late baby boomers as well as babies, with mixed results. "School Days Medley," for example, which moves from Frank Loesser's "Inchworm" to "School Days When We Were a Couple of Kids," ends with a charming version of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" that Patinkin shares with Kristin Chenoweth. But another departed '70s singer/songwriter does not benefit from such efforts. It's not clear what the old Paul Whiteman hit "Japanese Sandman" has to do with Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle," but though the latter song is a rueful favorite of absentee parents everywhere, it not only remains as heavy-handed and obvious as ever, but actually suffers from Patinkin's typically committed performance; when Chapin sang it straight, it was just a bad song, but when Patinkin acts it out, it's nearly insufferable. Elsewhere, however, the singer's acting instincts range from the sweet "If I Only Had a Brain," with different voices for the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion to the hilarious a schizophrenic "Holiday for Strings" that alternates between a sincere ballad performance and a raucous, up-tempo one. Children are likely to find much of this album delightful, and the only real danger for parents is that their kids will want to play it over and over again so they can memorize "April in Fairbanks." Patinkin clearly can have a career as a children's entertainer, if he chooses to pursue it among the many other acting and singing opportunities he has.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597953428
  • Catalog Number: 79534

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mandy Patinkin Primary Artist
Jeff Carney Bass
Sarah Carter Cello
Jack Cavari Guitar
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Glen Drews Trumpet
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Karl Kawahara Violin
Karen Milne Violin
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Joe Passaro Percussion, Drums
Byron Stripling Trumpet
Jim Williamson French Horn
Jim Baker Percussion, Drums
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Warren Odze Percussion, Drums
Debra Shufelt Viola
Paul Ford Piano, Celeste
Rick Dolan Violin
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Eric Stern Conductor
Richard Heckman Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Pillow Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Grace Paradise Harp
Xin Zhao Violin
Theresa MacDonnell French Horn
Naomi Katz Violin
Kristin Chenoweth Vocals
Mark Thrasher Clarinet, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jack Cortner Contributor
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
John Kilgore Sound Effects
Tommy Krasker Producer
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Dick Lieb Contributor
David Rose Composer
Paul Ford Arranger
Ric Wilson Mastering
Randee Saint Nicholas Cover Photo
Stephanie Rausser Inlay Photography
Sammy Gallop Composer
Glen Daum Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Patinkin's Inner Child Shines

    Wonderful album for kids and adults alike. He is just wondeful at combining medleys fo songs. There is a little of somehting for everyone here I think, and if you happen to have been born in RI, as I was, you will surely love this album!! Lots of heart, brains, and courage here. L. M. Sullivan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Having Fun!

    Mandy has a ball with this album, and takes us along, back to our childhood. He also throws in some great new Broadway songs for the adult in us as well. Terrific album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    the Dragnet version of tisket/tasket is inspired and quite funny. A lot of times playing with classics like that can be annoying, but this record pulls it off. I was also skeptical about all the medleying but it all works pretty well. I'm sure my 9-month old will enjoy it when she's a little older :-)

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