Through Children's Eyesby The Limeliters
Each of the original Limeliters, surprisingly enough, chose this album as their most satisfying. In the midst of their hectic rise to the top of their profession, the group decided to record a children's album, live (in the best hootenanny tradition), featuring a chorus of 70 elementary school children from Berkeley, CA. The result is what the folk process is all about: children learning songs from the "town troubadours." Any youngster in the early '60s, could sing along with this record and learn such classics as "The Riddle Song," "This Train," "The Lollipop Tree," and singalongs like "Join into the Game" and "B-A Bay." Also included are country music's Carter Family's "Stay on the Sunny Side" and a moving medley of "America the Beautiful" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," sung at a time when the song could still mean something for youngsters. This album is still available on cassette, and copies were sold by the Limeliters during their concert appearances in the '80s and '90s. Alex Hassilev and Lou Gottlieb were amazed by the middle-aged former kid fans who eagerly asked them to autograph their worn-out, tattered LPs. It's still a great album. Get it for your kids.
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- Folk Era Records
Performance CreditsLimeliters Primary Artist
Technical CreditsGlenn Yarbrough Contributor
Alex Hassilev Contributor
Lou Gottlieb Contributor
Ben Bruce Composer
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As a child (circe 1973) I grew up listening to this album my parents bought for me. Now I have a child of my own (at the same age I was when I listened to it) who listens to this CD and absolutely loves it! History does repeat itself. So does our CD player. ''Hey Jimmy Joe John Jim Jack'' has on more than one occasion been the selected track for the 'repeat' feature on our CD player. Not only does it provide entertainment for children, but certain tracks (like the above) convey a message for adults. This album/CD is a prima facia case of a wonderful work of art that has, is, and will successfully cross many generational gaps. Better than that, it also enables generations to connect as my daughter loves the idea of singing songs her Dad once sang when he was her age.
Any parent would be better for getting this album for there children. Then they too could see the world through childrens eyes!
When my children were little they used to sit in front of the stereo and listen to every word. That was the days of records. My grandchildren listened to the CD just as intently. This music is timeless. A treat for all ages.