Singin' in the Bathtub

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
Usually when a celebrity decides to cut a kids' album, it's a lullaby record. After all, a collection of ballads -- any ballads, really -- will put children to sleep in no time. It's much more challenging, though, to keep kids awake and engaged. Actor John Lithgow has risen to the challenge with the smart, savvy, highly entertaining SINGIN' IN THE BATHTUB. The "3rd Rock from the Sun" star has chosen a bevy of swing-influenced tunes, from the charming antique toe-tapper "At the Codfish Ball" to a composition of his own, "Big Kids," and performed them with a real live swing band. The irreplaceable Danny Kaye gets a nod ("The Inchworm"), as do a pair of Lithgow's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
Usually when a celebrity decides to cut a kids' album, it's a lullaby record. After all, a collection of ballads -- any ballads, really -- will put children to sleep in no time. It's much more challenging, though, to keep kids awake and engaged. Actor John Lithgow has risen to the challenge with the smart, savvy, highly entertaining SINGIN' IN THE BATHTUB. The "3rd Rock from the Sun" star has chosen a bevy of swing-influenced tunes, from the charming antique toe-tapper "At the Codfish Ball" to a composition of his own, "Big Kids," and performed them with a real live swing band. The irreplaceable Danny Kaye gets a nod ("The Inchworm"), as do a pair of Lithgow's personal heroes, songsters Flanders and Swann, whose "Hippopotamus Song" he covers in all its sparkling verbal glory. Lithgow is especially fond of literate kids' songs whose lyrics are artistic flights of purest fancy -- something we don't see a lot of these days -- and he brings them to vivid life on this corker of a record.
All Music Guide - Paul Collins
Finding good children's music has become such a dispiriting experience: the stuff on the racks is either a crass product tie-ins, a cheaply produced compilation, a gratingly saccharin moralizing, or all of the above. John Lithgow has single-handedly redeemed the children's music section with this release, Singin' in the Bathtub, which revisits the classic songs that he and his siblings grew up with. It's bright and cheerful enough that kids love it, and even more miraculously, it's clever enough that parents won't mind the wee one's demands of "Again!" Musically, it's somewhere between Tom Lehrer, Danny Kaye, and Cab Calloway, which is to say that it's all over the map, and wonderfully so. There's no scrimping on production values, either -- perfectly sunny big band backings on "Everybody Eats When They Come to My House," wry cocktail party piano on "I'm a Gnu," and a hauntingly beautiful children's choir on "Inchworm."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Sony Wonder (Audio)
  • UPC: 074646350126
  • Catalog Number: 63501
  • Sales rank: 4,583

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lithgow Primary Artist, Guitar
Barry Zweig Guitar
Roger Neumann Saxophone, Woodwind
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Bill Elliot Track Performer
Bill Elliott Conductor, Track Performer
Phil Feather Saxophone, Woodwind
Kirstin Fife Violin
Darrel Gardner Trumpet
Peter Kent Violin, Concert Master
Bill Liston Saxophone, Woodwind
Timothy May Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Ukulele
Cassie Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
John Mitchell J. Saxophone, Woodwind
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Maria Newman Violin
Bruce Otto Trombone
Herb Pedersen Banjo, Guitar
Gordon Peeke Drums
Amy Shulman Harp
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Dave Stone Bass
Bruce Bratton Jew's Harp, Kazoo, Washboard, Jug, Saw, Slide Whistle
Suzie Katayama Cello
Jai Winding Synthesizer, Piano
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Johnathon Dresel Drums
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Don Shelton Clarinet, Saxophone, Woodwind
Bob Becker Viola
James Mason Saxophone, Woodwind
Alex Iles Trombone
Technical Credits
John Lithgow Arranger
Jerry Ross Composer
Ted Blaisdell Engineer
Bill Elliott Orchestral Arrangements
Mark Linett Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Keith Wechsler Engineer
David Mitson Mastering
Becky Mancuso Executive Producer
Jai Winding Arranger, Programming, Producer, Synthesizer Arrangements
Hillary Bratton Executive Producer
Mary Kramer Artwork, Art Direction
J. Burns Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    I first purchased this CD for my students at my dance school and a few years later am able to share it now with my son. He is 1.5 and requests to listen to this cd! :) He has learned that M-O-M-M-Y spells Mommy and loves to help "sing" along to the alphabet in A-You're Adorable! Thank you, John Lithgow for making a cd that makes my son laugh and dance as well as make me smile while I watch him having so much fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We love this CD!

    John Lithgow does an amazing job performing these fun songs for kids and the whole family. No sickly sappy sweet songs or "dumbed down" music here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great lighthearted fun

    This cd is loaded with humor and educational songs. It is entertaining for children and adults alike! My daughter and I have listened to it for many hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it at 4 more than at 2

    We bought this CD awhile ago when our daughter was 2, and she didn't warm up to it then - she was in her Baby Mozart phase and this was definitely too loud and energetic for her taste. We just pulled it out again now that she's 4, and she absolutely loves it. The songs are fully orchestrated, most in the big band/swing style - such a pleasure for us after listening to years of Kindermusik and Raffi. The lyrics are wonderfully clever - my favorites are "You Gotta Have Skin" and "From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies". John Lithgow is a true talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    All 3 of my kids love this CD! It is in turns, funny, sweet, clever and always entertaining. We never get tired of playing these songs (including mom).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome, fun, but be careful.

    What a great bunch of songs except for the song Triplets. Maybe it's okay for older kids. But the lyrics are a bit rough for four year olds. Yeah, yeah, I know- I'm being over sensitive. But, I really wish Lithgow left this song off the album. Great otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dance Production

    Hey!! My competition group at my dance school used the song, ''At the Codfish Ball'' as our music for our Musical Theatre Production. The way we did the dance made it look like a take-off of The Little Mermaid. I enjoy dancing to that fun song and the lyrics are very cute. I'd recommend this CD to anyone who wants a laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is a treasure!

    I got this CD several days ago and just cracked it open last night. WOW! I was dancing all over the kitchen with my 3 year old (while my baby looked on like we were crazy!). I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - my son or me! We both especially loved ''Everybody Eats When They Come to My House'', and the ''Codfish Ball'' really swings (though my son calls it the ''Goldfish Bowl''). I'm getting this for every family on my Christmas list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toe Tapping Excitement

    This collection is wonderful. Our toddler loves this music and we listen to it every single day! The songs are just plain silly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Fun for Kids and Adults!

    This is the best kids' CD I've heard. Both my kids, ages 7 and 2, love the songs. I like it because the lyrics are complex and aren't repeated over and over again in each song. You can actually listen to it and not be sick of it by the time you get to the grocery store. John Lithgow has just great inflection. He brings each and every song alive! Listening to the CD, you can visualize him having a great time recording the songs. My very favorite song - No One Loves You Better Than Your M-O-Double-M-Y!

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