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Music for Little People: 15th Anniversary Collection
     

Music for Little People: 15th Anniversary Collection

 
Headquartered in the redwood forests of northern California, the intrepid independent label Music For Little People has been releasing quality multicultural albums for children for a decade and a half -- many of them performed by adult music celebrities. This 15-track compilation (one for each year MFLP's been in business) is a satisfyingly varied array of kids'

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Headquartered in the redwood forests of northern California, the intrepid independent label Music For Little People has been releasing quality multicultural albums for children for a decade and a half -- many of them performed by adult music celebrities. This 15-track compilation (one for each year MFLP's been in business) is a satisfyingly varied array of kids' tunes originating from all points of the globe. The big names are here, many of them particularly known to the National Public Radio crowd: a cappella gospel-and-more group Sweet Honey in the Rock check in with the onomatopoeic "Little Red Caboose," Maria Muldaur and Fred Oebber skip through "On the Sunny Side of the Street," John McCutcheon turns in a cheery "Skip To My Lou." The rock-world maverick Michelle Shocked offers a bluesy "Flying Lesson," regal Mexican-American act Los Lobos does a raucously fun "Woolly Bully," Louisiana treasure Buckwheat Zydeco struts through Mardi Gras standard "Iko Iko," and acclaimed South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo presents a beautifully layered "Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)." There are oldies by the original artists (Bill Haley & The Comets' "Rock Around the Clock"), country offerings (Faith Hill's "Before You Grow"), and children singing the Beatles ("Yellow Submarine," from MFLP album ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE). There's more -- venerable a cappella group the Persuasions performs an utterly beguiling "Nursery Rhyme Medley," Andrew Gold and Linda Ronstadt camp their way through "The Monster Mash," and sublime contemporary bluesman Taj Mahal teams with choir leader Linda Tillery for the rhythmic "Shake A Tail Feather." This collection is an eye-opening sampler of the wide variety of music that comes under the heading of "children's," and a first-rate tribute to the label that puts it all together.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Denise Sullivan
Premiere children's music label Music for Little People has compiled a 15 song best-of in honor of their 15 years as a label. This isn't your parent's version of children's music: Buckwheat Zydeco tackles "Iko Iko," Michelle Shocked contributes the fanciful "Flying Lesson," and Los Lobos' version of the Farfisa work-out "Wooly Bully" from their award-winning Papa's Dream all fit into the Little People regime where kids music equals education and entertainment. Even the original rock & roll counting song, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & the Comets, fits into the eclectic mix. Clearly this is "children's" music that parents will not only tolerate but might even leave spinning once the kids have left the room.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
Label:
Music Little People
UPC:
0081227979720
catalogNumber:
79797

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Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Track Performer
Buckwheat Zydeco   Track Performer
Sweet Honey in the Rock   Track Performer
Linda Tillery   Track Performer
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Track Performer
Stephen Bishop   Vocals
Karla Bonoff   Background Vocals
Bill Haley   Track Performer
Persuasions   Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Michelle Shocked   Track Performer
Maria Muldaur   Track Performer
Andrew Gold   Background Vocals
Raffi   Track Performer
Joanne Shenandoah   Track Performer
Cedella Marley Booker   Track Performer
Lobos   Track Performer
Tina Malia   Track Performer
Comets   Track Performer
Carrie Brandon   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Raffi   Composer
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Arranger
John McCutcheon   Arranger
Jerry Lawson   Arranger
Debi Pike   Composer
Solomon Linda   Composer

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