Anniversary Collection. Redway, Calif.: Music for Little
People, 2000. 53 minutes CD and cassette. $15.98 (CD); $9.98
15 segments on this fine recording of music for children include
various performing artists, arrangers, and composers. Examples
are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Carrie Brandon, Cedella Marley
Booker, Los Lobos, the Persuasions, Bill Haley, Tina Malia,
and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
of songs on this upbeat, light-hearted album include "Little
Red Caboose," "Yellow Submarine," "The Banana Boat Song" ("Day-O"),
"Shake A Tail Feather," and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" ("Mbube").
Several of these exquisite pieces have won awards from organizations
like Parentsí Choice, the American Library Association, and
the National Association of Parenting Publications.
quality is first-rate, utilizing acoustic, electronic, and natural
instruments such as the drum, the synthesizer, and voice. The
singing is professional level, and the subject matter is wide
the outstanding facet of this music is rhythm. Melodies and
harmonies are not complicated, though they are logical and pleasing.
Tone color is downplayed in favor of listenable texts, while
playing technique is commendable. Emphasis is on popular and
ethnic music that would have special appeal to young children.
This is an excellent and well-balanced compilation that would
be of special interest to preschools, elementary schools, and
public libraries as well as to individual buyers.