Singin' in the Bathtub

Singin' in the Bathtub

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by John Lithgow
     
 

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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… 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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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:
13295

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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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