Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long

Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long

by Marlo Thomas
     
 
A well-known actress and feminist icon, Marlo Thomas ushered in a new era of children's music with her 1972 project Free to Be...You and Me, a star-studded TV special, book, and album that challenged stereotypes and encouraged kids to be themselves. Thirty years later, That Girl returns with a book and CD collection of stories, songs, and poems about

Overview

A well-known actress and feminist icon, Marlo Thomas ushered in a new era of children's music with her 1972 project Free to Be...You and Me, a star-studded TV special, book, and album that challenged stereotypes and encouraged kids to be themselves. Thirty years later, That Girl returns with a book and CD collection of stories, songs, and poems about love, appreciation, and growing up. Thanks and Giving All Year Long again welcomes to the party a diverse cast of big-name performers, including Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffet, and Jennifer Aniston. Sheryl Crow opens the disc with a soothing tone on the rootsy rocker "All Kinds of People," reminding us that "it takes all kinds of people to make the world just right." From there, the sounds vary from Hilary Duff's meditative pop song about perseverance, "(I'll Give) Anything but Up!" to Uncle Kracker's gravelly rocker about sharing, "I Want It." Leading off a segment devoted to charming prose, David Hyde Pierce (of Frasier fame) tells of "The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage" in a performance so grand that moonlighting as a storyteller shouldn't be far off. Robin Williams sports a southern accent and begs us to look at dinner from the turkey's "Point of View," while Sarah Jessica Parker introduces Delilah in a confidence-boosting tale about "The Nothingest Girl in the World." The most remarkable aspect of this collection, and the companion book, is that all the stories and songs are genuine, amusing, and inspiring -- there's not a dud among 'em. And with all royalties benefiting St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, there's plenty to be thankful for on this thoughtful and charming release.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Thanks & Giving All Year Long is a companion CD to Marlo Thomas' book of the same name. Combining spoken word performances of the stories and poems in the book with original songs and delightful artwork, the collection revisits the sense of boundless positivity -- and life's possibilities -- that made Thomas' landmark 1972 children's release Free to Be...You and Me so special. Thanks & Giving's list of contributors is pretty varied. Musically there's tranquil material from Sheryl Crow and Jimmy Buffet encouraging folks to appreciate diversity and be in a good mood, and Wayne Brady gives love out to the "Unsung Heroes" in life -- you know, the galoshes, zippers, paper sacks, bottle caps, cups, and handles that make the world go round. Hilary Duff's "(I'll Give) Anything but Up!" is a sweetly urgent pop number comparable in both sound and message to her own work, while the rootsy John Hiatt and Amy Grant duet "Thank Someone" originally appeared on Thomas' 1988 album Free to Be a Family. Interspersed with these warm-hearted musical tracks are equally pleasant stories and poems, read by such Hollywood heavyweights as Antonio Banderas, Billy Crystal, Jennifer Aniston, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Highlights include David Hyde Pierce's reading of "The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage" where he perfectly personifies the title characters (in particular the mouse and sausage), as well as "A Tale of Two Friends," which features Muppets Bert & Ernie learning a Christmas lesson from Thomas herself. [In the spirit of the season, royalties from Thanks & Giving's benefited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227844523
catalogNumber:
78445

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marlo Thomas   Primary Artist
John Lee Hooker   Organ,Piano
John Hiatt   Acoustic Guitar
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Nicki Richards   Background Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Banjo
Sonny Landreth   Electric Guitar
Michael Bacon   Vocals
Kevin Bacon   Vocals
Robin Batteau   Fiddle,Violin,Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Dobro
Dana Calitri   Background Vocals
Angela Cappelli   Background Vocals
Elaine Caswell   Background Vocals
Christopher Cerf   Background Vocals
Irwin Fisch   Keyboards
Seth Glassman   Bass
Roger Guth   Drums
Doug Katsaros   Piano
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Jim Mayer   Bass
Shawn Pelton   Drums
David Ranson   Electric Bass
Marshall Rosenberg   Conga,Tambourine,Shaker
Larry Saltzman   Guitar,Mandolin,tiple
Ira Siegel   Electric Guitar
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
Mike Utley   Piano,Hammond Organ
Frank Vilardi   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Gary Schreiner   Harmonica
Paul Guzzone   Bass
Marc Swersky   Guitar
Kenneth Blevins   Drums
Coral Reefer Band   Guest Appearance
Jim Marr   Guitar,Keyboards
Wendy Page   Background Vocals
Claire Daley   Background Vocals
Jill Walsh   Background Vocals
Hannah Levine   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Shel Silverstein   Composer,Illustrations
Marlo Thomas   Producer,Audio Production
Carol Hall   Composer,Producer
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Tom Chapin   Composer
Michael Bacon   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Faith Hill   Producer
Robin Batteau   Arranger,Producer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Christopher Cerf   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Irwin Fisch   Producer
John Forster   Composer
Joe Franco   Producer
Phil Galdston   Composer
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Paul Jacobs   Composer,Musical Score Producer
Doug Katsaros   Musical Score Producer
Mac McAnally   Producer
Charlie Midnight   Producer
Kevin Mills   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Mike Utley   Producer
Steve Whitmire   Contributor
Steven Dickson   Engineer
Robert Burke   Composer
Dug   Engineer
Harry Bliss   Illustrations
Sonia Manzano   Composer
Joe Mathieu   Illustrations
Joel Soyffer   Engineer
Lane Smith   Illustrations
Norman Stiles   Composer
Marc Swersky   Composer
Sarah Durkee   Composer
Laurie Berkner   Composer
Greg Christie   Illustrations
John "BJ John" Smith   Engineer
Ryan Robinson   Engineer
Steven Wolf   Producer,Engineer
Hilary Duff   Composer
Jim Marr   Composer,Producer
Wendy Page   Composer,Producer
Bruce Hart   Composer
Scott Cresswell   Engineer
Dan Andreasen   Illustrations
Nick Cipriano   Engineer
Oscar Colon   Contributor
Wagner Fulco   Engineer
Tony Thomas   Director
Tony Friedman   Engineer

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