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Children - Released January 25, 2000 | Sony Wonder

"...shows him to be not only comfortable with kids' music but adept at a wide array of genres....Only a curmudgeon could sour on such sweet-daddy vocals." - Rating: B

Pop/Rock - Released August 14, 1999 | Sony Wonder

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Children - Released August 4, 1999 | Sony Wonder

This compilation of Burl Ives' work aimed at the kids' market tends somewhat toward the twee and saccharine, though there are moments of genuine amusement here and there. "The Lollipop Tree" and "The Lavender Cowboy" come immediately to mind (the latter having to do with a luckless gunslinger who had only two hairs on his chest). ~ Steven McDonald
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Ambient/New Age - Released March 9, 1999 | Sony Wonder

Children - Released January 18, 1999 | Sony Wonder

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Pop/Rock - Released September 8, 1998 | Sony Wonder

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Pop/Rock - Released September 8, 1998 | Sony Wonder

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Children - Released September 8, 1998 | Sony Wonder

A children's version of Broadway isn't a bad idea for a compilation, and this one includes some good singalong tracks like "Put on a Happy Face," "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," "Do-Re-Mi," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "Whistle a Happy Tune." If they're old enough to remain unafraid while listening to "It's the Hard-Knock Life" (from Annie), but young enough that they can't quite identify with "I Could Have Danced All Night" (from My Fair Lady), they'll love nearly all the songs on My Little Broadway. ~ John Bush
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Folk - Released February 24, 1998 | Sony Wonder

A collection of almost kid-centered songs drawn from the Seeger archives. The album compiles studio and live cuts into an entertaining and sometimes uplifting conglomeration. Nothing the slightest bit unfamiliar here, just a warm, wonderful glow from one of America's finest folkies. ~ Steven McDonald
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Miscellaneous - Released February 12, 1998 | Sony Wonder

The rise in the number of titles in the children's music category around the turn of the century was accompanied by a shift in the approach to such recordings. As baby boomers, who remain loyal record buyers, have become parents, the artists who appeal to them have turned to children's music, but it often seems as though the records are still being made for the boomers, not their children. Though the recordings often concern the subjects of childhood and parenting, it is often hard to imagine a child actually enjoying the music. Such is the case with the Keb' Mo' children's album, Big Wide Grin, which is better regarded as a regular Keb' Mo' album on the theme of family rather than an album for children. The singer covers a number of pop evergreens from the late '60s and 1970s -- the O'Jays' "Love Train," Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands," the Winstons' "Color Him Father," Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair," Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," and Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" -- and he reaches back even further for the swing-era standard "The Flat Foot Floogie" and "America the Beautiful." All of these are likely to be familiar to parents of a certain age, and most have something to do with family issues, but only a couple are likely to appeal to children. This is not to say that, to be a children's album, a record must be filled with singalongs for the preschool set. But albums like this belong to a recent subset of the children's market that should perhaps be labeled "parents' music." In the case of Keb' Mo', the recording serves to ease him even more in the direction of being a folk-pop interpreter, an approach he has embraced increasingly since initially coming across as a new-style folk-blues singer. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Ambient/New Age - Released August 8, 1996 | Sony Wonder

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Ambient/New Age - Released June 14, 1994 | Sony Wonder

Kenny Loggins, whose career began with "House at Pooh Corner," joins the flood of pop artists making children's albums and turns out to be a natural. At his best, Loggins always had a childlike quality, but his techno-pop albums of the late '80s buried that, along with his other virtues. On this gold-selling, Grammy-nominated record, Loggins mixes songs by Paul Simon, John Lennon, Rickie Lee Jones, and Jimmy Webb with more traditional children's fare. The result is probably most useful as lullaby material for children, but its secondary (perhaps primary) audience is those children's parents, disaffected Kenny Loggins fans likely to be won back by this winning album that may, in fact, be the best record Kenny Loggins has ever made. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Children - Released May 24, 1994 | Sony Wonder

An award-winning force on the pop scene during the '80s, Nicolette Larson returns to music with this album dedicated to her young daughter, Elsie May. The album features original music by Nicolette and songs by Neil Young and Graham Nash, as well as traditionals. When recording this album, Larson was careful not to include sounds that might be too harsh for newborn ears and yet would be pleasant and interesting for toddlers and young children. Sleep, Baby, Sleep is quiet songs for quiet times. ~ MusD