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Bananaphone
Raffi
Bananaphone
Genre: Children's Music
 
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Though generally thought of as the king of music for the preschool set, Raffi has evolved from being strictly a little kid's performer to being a family entertainer, and it's evident in this 1995 release. More-sophisticate...  more »

      
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All Artists: Raffi
Title: Bananaphone
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Records
Release Date: 8/12/1997
Genre: Children's Music
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011661887527

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Though generally thought of as the king of music for the preschool set, Raffi has evolved from being strictly a little kid's performer to being a family entertainer, and it's evident in this 1995 release. More-sophisticated musical arrangements, a broader repertoire, greater vocal versatility, and intricate lyrics make this almost magical musical mix an album for every member of the family. Whether you're more fond of boppin' with "Shake a Toe," joining in a refrain on the bouncy title cut, or relishing in the poignancy of the gentle "Changing Garden of Mr. Bell" and the Native American tribute "First Peoples," there's enough variety here to appeal to a greater audience than Raffi may have enjoyed in the past. --Deborah Moore

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Raffi for teens and 'tweens?
Doughnut | So. Calif. | 11/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've had Raffi tapes in my car for 16 years. When my girls became old enough to listen to Radio Disney, they decided that they were too "old" for Raffi, so I set him aside and brought him out again later for my son, now 4 1/2.

I agree that this album appeals to an older audience than some of Raffi's earlier works. My girls recently rediscovered the Bananaphone cassette. My younger daughter and her carpool buddy, both 12 1/2, have made me play "Bananaphone" all the way to school every day for the past 2 weeks. (That two middle schoolers will listen to kids' music should tell you something!) The 16-year-old remembered that "The Gorilla Song" was on the same tape, and I had to circle the block a few times the other night, so we could all (Dad, too!) sing that one over and over.

It's more than nostalgia; several of the Bananaphone songs are just plain FUN (e.g., "Cowlit Night"), and both girls are delighted at picking out all the plays on words they missed when they were younger. They understand the environmental/nature songs at a different level, too. "It's a Gift to Be Simple," an old Shaker hymn, is one of my older daughter's favorites.

There are not too many artists that can interest toddlers and still be fun for adults, teens, and 'tweens, too. I plan to purchase the CD because we are all tired of trying to FWD/REW to the correct songs."