Where the Sidewalk Ends

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First released in 1983 and winner of the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children, the new, improved 2000 release of Where the Sidewalk Ends is a fitting tribute to its ingenious creator, who died in 1999 at the age of 69. Silverstein himself recites his own verses, which in addition to the original 36 tracks include another 11 that were previously unreleased. Possessed of a warm, pleasingly raspy voice not unlike that of Sterling Holloway (the original voice of Disney's animated Winnie-the-Pooh), Silverstein renders his fiendishly clever poems in irresistible fashion. The verses are simply wondrous -- vistas of words that are colorful, witty, and utterly ...
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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
First released in 1983 and winner of the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children, the new, improved 2000 release of Where the Sidewalk Ends is a fitting tribute to its ingenious creator, who died in 1999 at the age of 69. Silverstein himself recites his own verses, which in addition to the original 36 tracks include another 11 that were previously unreleased. Possessed of a warm, pleasingly raspy voice not unlike that of Sterling Holloway (the original voice of Disney's animated Winnie-the-Pooh), Silverstein renders his fiendishly clever poems in irresistible fashion. The verses are simply wondrous -- vistas of words that are colorful, witty, and utterly unfettered by convention. A kid gets the better of a duplicitous magical sea creature in "The Silver Fish"; an entire kingdom tries for decades to pry open the mouth of its king, who's fallen victim to an especially sticky "Peanut Butter Sandwich"; the tallest tale of all time is spun in "True Story" -- and that's just for starters. Silverstein is by turns touching ("Forgotten Language"), amusingly macabre ("Dreadful"), haunting ("The One Who Stayed"), and hilarious ("Wild Boar"). Where the Sidewalk Ends is a true classic, and an essential addition to any family music library.
All Music Guide - Paul Collins
If the Shel Silverstein book Where the Sidewalk Ends isn't already in every child's hands, it should be; it's as poignant and whimsical as the day it was written. The album version is another matter. Silverstein already had plenty of experience in the recording studio, and his musical delivery of his poems is certainly unique. He sounds a little like Emo Phillips reading verse. This album is sure to have fans who treasure it for its disquietingly offbeat delivery.
Entertainment Weekly - James Sullivan
This reissue celebrates the 25th anniversary of his Grammy-winning children’s record and adds 11 bonus tracks to the classic.

This reissue celebrates the 25th anniversary of his Grammy-winning children’s record and adds 11 bonus tracks to the classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646607923
  • Catalog Number: 66079

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invitation (0:42)
  2. 2 Eighteen Flavors (0:47)
  3. 3 Melinda Mae (0:37)
  4. 4 Sick (1:23)
  5. 5 Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too (1:49)
  6. 6 Enter This Deserted House (1:10)
  7. 7 Jimmy Jet and His TV Set (1:09)
  8. 8 For Sale (0:47)
  9. 9 Warning (0:40)
  10. 10 The Yipiyuk (1:43)
  11. 11 Crocodile's Toothache (1:21)
  12. 12 Stone Telling (0:32)
  13. 13 Ridiculous Rose (0:13)
  14. 14 Boa Constrictor (1:15)
  15. 15 Peanut Butter Sandwich (3:33)
  16. 16 Listen to the Mustn'ts (0:26)
  17. 17 Hug O' War (0:27)
  18. 18 Smart (1:11)
  19. 19 Forgotten Language (0:58)
  20. 20 The Farmer and the Queen (1:09)
  21. 21 The One Who Stayed (1:19)
  22. 22 No Difference (0:47)
  23. 23 Wild Boar (0:32)
  24. 24 Thumbs (0:32)
  25. 25 Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out (2:34)
  26. 26 My Hobby (1:03)
  27. 27 Early Bird (0:25)
  28. 28 Me-Stew (0:51)
  29. 29 Captain Hook (0:41)
  30. 30 With His Mouth Full of Food (1:40)
  31. 31 The Flying Festoon (0:51)
  32. 32 The Silver Fish (1:04)
  33. 33 The Generals (1:51)
  34. 34 The Worst (0:32)
  35. 35 Dreadful (1:07)
  36. 36 My Beard (0:32)
  37. 37 The Little Blue Engine (1:05)
  38. 38 If I Had a Brontosaurus (0:14)
  39. 39 One Inch Tail (1:00)
  40. 40 Long Haired Boy (2:11)
  41. 41 Rain (0:42)
  42. 42 True Story (0:49)
  43. 43 Hungry Mungry (2:37)
  44. 44 Standing (0:19)
  45. 45 If the World Was Crazy (1:16)
  46. 46 Hector the Collector (1:08)
  47. 47 Spaghetti (0:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shel Silverstein Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Dann Huff Synthesizer
Farrell Morris Percussion
Technical Credits
Shel Silverstein Composer
John Cale Composer
Steven Berkowitz Reissue Producer
Joe Arlotta Engineer
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Ron Haffkine Director, Producer, Liner Notes
Jim Baird Engineer
Oliver Masciarotte Engineer
Danny Mundhenk Engineer
Benny Quinn Remastering
Darcy Proper Engineer
Laura Grover Reissue
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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    Not only fun to read, but fun to perform

    A great book to grow up with. The poems are full of life and never boring. I used this book in my Theatre class at the high school level. We took some poems from this book for a production we put on for the elementary school next door.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is a good and fun book to read.There are lots of fun and interesting poems with descriptive illustrations.It was easy to understand.Once I started ,I didn't want to stop reading it.I found myself in one of the poems!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Great Teaching Tool

    I have taught elementary and middle school language arts and I have used this to help teach students about different forms of poetry. The poems are fun to read & listen to, kid friendly, and is something that students can relate to. "For Sale" has been an overall student favorite in my experience.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious sound effects

    Shel Silverstein's poems are all classics. But the CDs of his voice multiply the enjoyment by several hundred percent. He is particularly hilarious on the poem about the king with the peanut butter sandwich.

    I buy this (and other) Silverstein CDs and books in multiple copies and give them to every kid I know whenever there's an excuse.

    No kid should grow up without Shel Silverstein OR the five-book Susan Cooper series "The Dark Is Rising."

    Moreover, the adults in the family can marvel at both books and CDs. Both writers know what it IS to be a kid, but they write with the maturity of adults, with no talking down and a lot of sheer joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Shel Silverstein!

    This is the first tape I remember owning as a child. It is hilarious, nothing compares to the genius of Shel. The only thing better than curling up with one of his books is listening to him perform his own artistry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pure genius

    completly insane genius.profoundly moving in between being hilarious amazing vocal range

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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