Free to Be...You and Me

Free to Be...You and Me

by Marlo Thomas
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Free to Be...You and Me

Free to Be...You and Me, which was originally released in 1972, continues its domination of the children- (or in this case, grandchildren-) of-hippies market with its latest reissue on Arista and Legacy Recordings under the Family Artist Series. With songs and poems that emphasize the importance of staying true to oneself, respecting others, tolerance, and dispelling societally constructed stereotypes, Marlo Thomas and friends (including Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, and Mel Brooks) offer a kind and fun way to deal with these issues. From the self-explanatory title song to ex-NFL lineman Rosey Grier's slightly funky (complete with a wah wah guitar solo) "It's All Right to Cry," about the benefits and normalcy of expressing emotions, from "Parents Are People" to the skit "Boy Meets Girl," about the inaccuracy of assigned gender roles, each track on the album aids in continuing this message of understanding. Being that Thomas herself was an active feminist, and the original proceeds went towards the Ms. Foundation For Women (and both Ms. Magazine's Children's Feature Editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Editor-In-Chief Gloria Steinem contributed to the liner notes), it's unsurprising that so much of the record focuses on gender-based stereotypes, but Thomas and the songwriters are careful to approach the issue from the female and male perspectives, showing that both are equally affected. They also make learning about these problems enjoyable, incorporating animals, quirky rhymes, catchy songs, and images of children playing, so that the album doesn't come across as heavy handed or preachy. Rather, it's the effort of a group of people who were concerned about the societal pressures their children (and nieces, as in Thomas' case) were facing and wanted to do something about it. And what they created, Free to Be...You and Me, in its more than 30-year lifespan, has proven itself as a useful tool in that cause.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828768031322
catalogNumber: 80313

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marlo Thomas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mel Brooks   Vocals
Shirley Jones   Vocals
Harry Belafonte   Vocals
Diana Ross   Vocals
New Seekers   Vocals
Dick Cavett   Vocals
Carol Channing   Vocals
Rosey Grier   Vocals
Alan Alda   Vocals
Jack Cassidy   Vocals
Billy DeWolfe   Vocals
Tom Smothers   Vocals
Stephen Lawrence   Conductor,Background Music
Bobby Morse   Vocals

Technical Credits

Shel Silverstein   Composer
Marlo Thomas   Liner Notes
Carol Hall   Composer
Mary Rodgers   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Alan Alda   Direction
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Carole Hart   Composer,Producer
Joe Jorgensen   Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser   Engineer
Carl Reiner   Composer
Ed Rice   Engineer
Fred Christie   Engineer
Stephen Lawrence   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Nedra Olds-Neal   Reissue Producer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
Gloria Steinem   Liner Notes
Peter Stone   Composer
Bruce Hart   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dan Greenburg   Composer
Shelley Miller   Composer
Dorothy H. Cohen   Liner Notes
Bea Feitler   Cover Design
Laurie Glick   Illustrations
Letty Cottin Pogrebin   Author

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Free to Be...You and Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful album when I sang and danced to it 25 years ago with my sister, and I still have the LP copy from that time period. All of the content is still relevant today even though unfortunately kids are subjected to the complex issues at a much earlier age. The music may be dated, but it is fresh and upbeat and children will enjoy it just as much as the fad music of today. I can't wait to have my 1 year old listen to its lyrics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This childrens musical was my absolute favorite thing to listern to as a child. I can still remember the songs and I am now 33 years old. I have searched all over to find this musical for years and thank God I found it. If you want to see your child full of joy, this is the perfect gift to buy, and you parents, will enjoy it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is absolutely fantastic! I remember listening to it with my older sister when we were younger. The ideas and values advocated by this album are wonderful. This album serves as a gentle guide through differences and difficulties of life for the young person, and is just as effective for modern youth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want your kids to think for themselves, add this album to your shopping list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album as a kid and when I got older, I really understood the message that it was sending. Even before my son was born, I knew that I had to get him this album. Great tunes with great things to say!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a great colection of stories and songs.People from about seven to seventy will enjoy this wonderful album.I rate it five stars though I wish I could award it with eighty stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a trip it is listening to these songs from my childhood! I can just remember sitting on my bedroom floor, listening over and over and over to the cheerful sounds of Marlo Thomas and Friends blasting from my brown Fisher Price record player. A very valuable addition to my CD collection-- I'll treasure forever the wonderful life lessons that Free To Be... You And Me has to offer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am thrilled that I have finally found this after years of searching. I listened to this when I was very young and I never forgot how much I loved it. I am buying it now for my niece. I know she will love it as much as I did. I am now 25, but I can't wait to listen to this again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About 25 years back, my baby sister and I loved this ''album'' and played it over and over and over again. Now, I am a Mom of 4 little girls and this is a must! Girls and Boys are still taught what they should do, feel and think because they are a ''boy'' or a ''girl''. This is good music and has a way of helping kids learn that it is OK to be what you are! Happy Holidays to you and your families from Ange Schaedler in Connecticut!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album. I listened to this one over and over again as a child. Now my child can listen to it. I still hum & sing the songs. Weird to see it on CD now. I wish they had a video.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was great when my kids were little, more important than the catchy music is the message in the lyrics. I'm so glad I came across it now for my grandchildren. I've looked for it in the past, but here it was so easy. Thanks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up on this and now my boys are too. It is the first CD I bought when my four year old was born and both he and his little brother love it. I even took them to see a production of it in Seattle. They loved that too! A must have for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the orignal that my Mom bought me back in 1973 without the 12 page lyric book, but I pulled it out today and sang word for word. As I did that I realized that I need to pass this on to my sisters child, so he to can sing along...we are never to old to be FREE!!! If you have a child...get this! Thanks Mom!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this record! I was so happy that my sister finally had children because it gave me an excuse to buy it again. Somehow, I feel less funny as a 33-year old single man listening to these great songs and stories when surrounded by children aged 6 and younger. Although ... if William can have a doll, I can have "Free to Be You & Me," right? If you have children, buy this (or the DVD) this instant! A generation has gone by, and the world still hasn't learned all of the valuable lessons that "Free to Be" has to teach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are few things I remember from my childhood with such joy. At 33 years old I Still love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back when my age was single digits, my sister and I listened to this all the time. I loved everything on it. I was surprised that I remembered the title, and astounded that it was available. I am going to order a copy for my children and send a copy to my sister so that her children can learn all of these wonderful songs about growing up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marlo Thomas's unique and creative work will be remebered by everyone who takes the time to listen to the catchy, educational lyrics. No child is ever too young to listen to this CD. The messages sent through these songs teach children in a wonderful way about feminism, social equality, and the reality of life while covering topics such as stereotyping and role fulfilling. Each song is different and captivating, particularly, ''William's Doll,'' and, ''When We Grow Up.'' Play this for your young son, and buy him a doll.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Free to Be You and me is one of many albums I remember so vary well since childhood. I heard it when I was in preschool while those 33 RPM's were still around. I'm really glad Free to Be is on CD, and I already know the whole thing by heart. I'm 21 years old and I still like listening to children's music. I feel vary fatherly to my young cousins and friends. Buy this CD for your children and the family, and share it with all your loved ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album sure takes me back. I remember listening to this when I was a child. My brother and I played it over and over again. I plan on buying this for my children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We had this when I was a kid- and I was delighted to find it again and have the chance to share it with my own little girl. I remembered every word though I am 36 and it's all still so moving and relevant. It makes me remember a time when all seemed possible. I just wish I could track down the songsheet that went with the original album. It had such great illustrations of smiling horses running free and boys proudly hugging thier dolls. I had no idea when I was little that the people who recorded it were so famous. My brothers, sister, and I will all enjoy reliving this part of our joint childhood!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album when I was younger and love it now that I'm older for the same reasons plus more. The first of my friends are about to have babies and I intend on buying this for their kids, my future kids and anyone else I know that has kids.