Let's Play

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Raffi has become the undisputed king of children's music, and with good reason. His albums cull a breadth of sounds -- anything from folk and country to reggae and ragtime is fair game -- but sound as easy and natural as springtime rain. The joyful Let's Play!, another collection of Raffi originals and familiar favorites, is no exception. Among the originals, an immediate standout is "Jane Jane," a tribute to chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall with African flourishes and a chiming youthful choir. Raffi the naturalist comes to the fore on "Arbutus Baby," one of many tunes featuring fiddle playing by Cape Breton superstar Natalie MacMaster, and "Roots and Shoots ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Raffi has become the undisputed king of children's music, and with good reason. His albums cull a breadth of sounds -- anything from folk and country to reggae and ragtime is fair game -- but sound as easy and natural as springtime rain. The joyful Let's Play!, another collection of Raffi originals and familiar favorites, is no exception. Among the originals, an immediate standout is "Jane Jane," a tribute to chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall with African flourishes and a chiming youthful choir. Raffi the naturalist comes to the fore on "Arbutus Baby," one of many tunes featuring fiddle playing by Cape Breton superstar Natalie MacMaster, and "Roots and Shoots Everywhere." He goes international on "Tsetang Gangla On the Playground," a traditional Tibetan song adapted by Raffi, and a live recording of "May There Always Be Sunshine," four poignant lines he delivers in a handful of languages, stressing the song's universality. The charming singer puts his personal stamp on the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," to which -- with the help of MacMaster -- he gives a Celtic twist; a piano-based "Eensy Weensy Spider"; and a whimsically jazzy take on "What a Wonderful World." Let's Play! is an invitation that your wee ones won't be able to resist.
All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
Children's music superstar Raffi maintains his stellar standards on this charming 16-song album. Don't be fooled by the title, which is something of a misnomer: this isn't all play music. In fact, it covers a range of moods and subjects, not to mention genres. The bearded Pied Piper from Canada weaves together a selection of familiar covers and imaginative originals. There's a Celtic folk version of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," a delicate piano treatment of "Eensy Weensy Spider" with an additional, Raffi-penned verse, and, in an interesting choice, an airy rendition of "What a Wonderful World." Among the original numbers, "Raining Like Magic" is sea-breeze calypso, "If You're Happy and You Know It" skips along on Chico Marx-style piano, and "It Takes a Village" is bright reggae with an important message. Reaching farther around the globe, "Tsetang Gangla On the Playground" is an adaptation of a traditional Tibetan children's song and the dreamy "May There Always Be Sunshine" alternates between English and Russian. Of special note are "Jane Jane," a bouncy tribute to Dr. Jane Goodall, who studied the chimps of Tanzania for 40 years, and the swingy title track with its nod to legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Instructive, tender, joyful, and thoughtful, this is vintage Raffi. Let's Play! comes with lyrics for all the songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661810822
  • Catalog Number: 618108
  • Sales rank: 348,419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Play (2:46)
  2. 2 Swing (2:40)
  3. 3 Yellow Submarine - Natalie MacMaster (2:57)
  4. 4 Eensy Weensy Spider (1:29)
  5. 5 What a Wonderful World (3:00)
  6. 6 Raining Like Magic (2:52)
  7. 7 Up on Fernhill (0:48)
  8. 8 Jane Jane (3:42)
  9. 9 If You're Happy and You Know It (1:15)
  10. 10 Arbutus Baby - Natalie MacMaster (2:51)
  11. 11 Jiggledy Jill (1:59)
  12. 12 Roots and Shoots Everywhere (3:12)
  13. 13 Tsetang Gangla (On the Playground) (1:59)
  14. 14 It Takes a Village (3:16)
  15. 15 Blessed Be (3:00)
  16. 16 May There Always Be Sunshine (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raffi Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Let's Play

    My children really love this CD. It's fun, playful and singable, and the messages are good for children. "Jane Jane" is a great, fun song for early elementary school children about Jane Goodall, the great Chimpanzee scientist. "Blessed Be" is a wonderful song about bonding with a new baby. This CD has won many awards, including a Gold Award from Parents Choice, calling it "both vintage Raffi — gentle, tender and playful — and an evocative reflection of his personal growth and years of commitment to the well-being of children." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Let's Play

    Raffi's outstanding music has been great for our children's development. Raffi's achievements include 13 million album sales, millions of video sales (two Quintuple Platinum videos), lifetime achievement awards, honored by the United Nations, etc. If you like Raffi, get ''Let's Play.'' It's good music. If this is your first exposure to Raffi, buy the outstanding collection, ''The Singable Songs Collection,¿ It's the silliest and most singable children's music of all time. It includes the amazing, Triple Platinum album ''Singable Songs for the Very Young.'' Our children also love the 3-CD set ''Raffi's Box of Sunshine.'' And the concert video ''A Young Children's Concert with Raffi'' is pure magic and a ''must have.''

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