Reggae for Kids [Sanctuary]

Reggae for Kids [Sanctuary]

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Reggae for Kids [Sanctuary]

The producers of this reggae entry in the Universal Music Family series of budget-priced compilations for children, credited as "Doctor and Mrs. Dread", have ranged around the catalogs of RAS and Sanctuary Records for reggae versions of familiar pop standards that are, or can be adapted to be, children's songs. Gregory Isaacs' version of Peter, Paul and Mary's "Puff the Magic Dragon" is an obvious example, as is J.C. Lodge's reggae treatment of Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow." Eek-A-Mouse's "Safari" turns out to be an adaptation of the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," while Michigan & Smiley's "The Reggae Rock" might be better known as Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin." The Three Dog Night catalog proves especially adaptable to the children's reggae theme, with Freddie McGregor Featuring Brigadier Jerry handling the group's "Black and White," and Roots Radics mixing their "Joy to the World" with Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Without Brigadier Jerry, McGregor performs an actual reggae song that is appropriate to the theme, Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds." When it comes to songs that are not covers of old hits, Bunny Wailer's original "Back to School" is full of counting and nursery rhymes, its lyrics in keeping with the album cover note that the disc is intended for "Ages 2+." Children may have to be well into the plus category to make much of Black Sheep's socially conscious "Time to Think," but its message remains fairly simple, and, as with the rest of this album, the music's rhythmic characteristics will be engaging to children even if the message is a bit beyond them.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2009
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0602517956520
catalogNumber: 001252802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Sheep   Various
Roots Radics   Background Vocals,Various
Isa Abdullah   Keyboards,Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Musician
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Dontez Harris   Saxophone
Abasi Johnson   Percussion
Moata Kenyatta   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Bunny Wailer   Musician
Rhythm Kings   Various
Robbie Shakespeare   Musician
Keith Sterling   Musician
Baron Tymas   Guitar
Tony Brissett   Keyboards,Vocals,Keyboard Overdubs
Eric Isa Carter   Keyboards,Vocals
George "Abasi Johnson" Henry   Percussion
Roots Relics   Various

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Earl Robinson   Composer
Peter Yarrow   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Leonard Lipton   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Dwight Pinkney   Composer
Robert Russell   Composer
Ripton Hylton   Composer
Dana Smart   Series Supervision
Neville Livingston   Composer
Eric Isa Carter   Composer
Anthony Fairclough   Composer
Traditional   Composer
P. Campbell   Composer
A. Staten   Composer
Henry James   Composer

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Reggae for Kids [Sanctuary] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very cool CD. I bought one for my first daughter- 9 years ago!! Now, I replaced that CD for a new one, for my second born! You will enjoy the tunes too.