Singin' in the Bathtub

Singin' in the Bathtub

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by John Lithgow
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/1999
Label:
Sony Wonder (Audio)
UPC:
0074646350126
catalogNumber:
63501
Rank:
107608

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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
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
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
Phillip D. Feather   Saxophone,Woodwind
Alex Iles   Trombone
John Mitchell   Saxophone,Woodwind

Technical Credits

John Lithgow   Arranger
Jerry Ross   Composer
Ted Blaisdell   Engineer
Bill Elliott   Orchestral Arrangements
Mark Linett   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Keith Wechsler   Engineer
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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Singin' in the Bathtub 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is wonderful. Our toddler loves this music and we listen to it every single day! The songs are just plain silly
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!