Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There are over 200 children's recordings in the Folkways catalog. This is not just a smart collection of 26 of the best items from that body of work; it's also folk music that adults might actually listen to for pleasure, at least for part of the time. There are kids' songs, or at least songs that are fun for kids to sing, from such folk giants as Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, and Woody Guthrie; Guthrie's "Riding in My Car Car Song" is a particular hoot. But there are also tracks from far lesser-known performers, such as children's music specialist Ella Jenkins, and, most importantly, a smattering of cuts from singers of several different continents. There's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There are over 200 children's recordings in the Folkways catalog. This is not just a smart collection of 26 of the best items from that body of work; it's also folk music that adults might actually listen to for pleasure, at least for part of the time. There are kids' songs, or at least songs that are fun for kids to sing, from such folk giants as Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, and Woody Guthrie; Guthrie's "Riding in My Car Car Song" is a particular hoot. But there are also tracks from far lesser-known performers, such as children's music specialist Ella Jenkins, and, most importantly, a smattering of cuts from singers of several different continents. There's calypso from Lord Invader, African folk from W.K. Amoaku, Yiddish folk from Ruth Rubin, and selections from Puerto Rican and Mexican artists, not to mention poems by Langston Hughes. It's a fine way to help give kids a multicultural musical grounding without being doctrinaire in the least.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/1998
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074504321
  • Catalog Number: 45043
  • Sales rank: 10,623

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riding in My Car (Car Song) (1:49)
  2. 2 Mary Mack (1:56)
  3. 3 All Around the Kitchen - Pete Seeger (1:59)
  4. 4 Ha Ha This A-Way (1:33)
  5. 5 Merrily We Roll Along (4:11)
  6. 6 Miwoe Nenyo (2:14)
  7. 7 Pole Pole (4:46)
  8. 8 Dreams and Youth (0:54)
  9. 9 Why Oh Why (3:26)
  10. 10 I Had a Rooster - Pete Seeger (3:51)
  11. 11 Oksn (1:33)
  12. 12 Sur le Pont d'Avignon (1:05)
  13. 13 Benjamin Franklin - Illinois School Children (0:19)
  14. 14 Los Pollitos/The Chicks (1:12)
  15. 15 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (1:13)
  16. 16 ABC's (0:55)
  17. 17 Animal Alphabet (2:10)
  18. 18 Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo (1:31)
  19. 19 La Vibora de la Mar/Serpent of the Sea - Mexican Children (1:05)
  20. 20 Wolf Song and Turtle Song (0:50)
  21. 21 Bedbug (0:35)
  22. 22 Skip to My Lou/Four Pence a Day - Pete Seeger (3:36)
  23. 23 Hey Coal Miner (4:03)
  24. 24 Among the Little White Daisies (1:27)
  25. 25 Old Bell Cow (3:05)
  26. 26 One Grain of Sand - Pete Seeger (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lead Belly Track Performer
Woody Guthrie Track Performer
Cisco Houston Track Performer
Larry Long Track Performer
The New Lost City Ramblers Track Performer
Jean Ritchie Track Performer
Pete Seeger Track Performer
Langston Hughes Track Performer
Alan Mills Track Performer
Ella Jenkins Track Performer
Suni Paz Track Performer
Arna Bontemps Track Performer
Ruth Rubin Track Performer
Willie K. Amoaku Track Performer
Irene Poolaw Track Performer
Lord Invader & The Calypso Orchestra Track Performer
Mexican Children Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Arranger, Composer
Ella Jenkins Arranger
Alan Lomax Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Anthony Seeger Liner Notes
Carla Borden Contributor
Traditional Composer
Dr. W.K. Amoaku Composer
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