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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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1
Everybody Be Yo'self (Album Version) 00:04:58

Mary Kramer, Director - Luis Conte, Percussion - Leo Nocentelli, Guitar - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - SERGIO GONZALES, Drums - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - "Ready" Freddie Washington, Bass - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Chick Street Man, Composer - Chick Street Man, Lyricist - The Family, Background Vocal - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Jeff Young, Piano - Jeff Young, Organ - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Keb' Mo', Harmonica - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Performer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Love Train (Album Version) 00:04:29

Mary Kramer, Director - Luis Conte, Percussion - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - Bobette Harrison-Jamison, Background Vocal - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Laval Belle, Drums - Randy Phillips, Background Vocal - Leon Huff, Composer - Leon Huff, Lyricist - Alex Brown, Background Vocal - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Bass - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Jeff Young, Keyboards - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Keb' Mo', Harmonica - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Background Vocal - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Banjo - Keb' Mo', Performer - Greg Leisz, Mandolin - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Kenneth Gamble, Composer - Kenneth Gamble, Lyricist

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Don't Say No (Album Version) 00:04:17

Mary Kramer, Director - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - K. Moore, Composer - K. Moore, Lyricist - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - Bobette Harrison-Jamison, Background Vocal - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Laval Belle, Drums - The Family, Background Vocal - Alex Brown, Background Vocal - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Bass - Phillip Ingram, Background Vocal - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Clayton Gibb, Banjo - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Performer - C. Tarr, Composer - C. Tarr, Lyricist - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Infinite Eyes (Album Version) 00:04:55

Mary Kramer, Director - Luis Conte, Percussion - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - SERGIO GONZALES, Drums - KEVIN MOORE, Lyricist - KEVIN MOORE, Composer - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - "Ready" Freddie Washington, Bass - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Essra Mohawk, Composer - Essra Mohawk, Lyricist - John Lewis Parker, Composer - John Lewis Parker, Lyricist - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Performer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Joellen Friedkin, Piano

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Grandma's Hands (Album Version) 00:03:29

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Mary Kramer, Director - Barbara Morrison, Vocal - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Bass - Luis Conte, Percussion - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Bill Withers, Composer - Bill Withers, Lyricist - SERGIO GONZALES, Drums - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Performer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
Color Him Father (Album Version) 00:03:35

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Mary Kramer, Director - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - R. Lewis Spencer, Composer - R. Lewis Spencer, Lyricist - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Performer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Family Affair (Album Version) 00:03:47

Mary Kramer, Director - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Gerald Albright, Tenor Saxophone - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - SERGIO GONZALES, Drums - Charlie "Tuna" Dennis, Guitar - Bobette Harrison-Jamison, Background Vocal - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Alex Brown, Background Vocal - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Bass - Jeff Young, Piano - Jeff Young, Organ - Phillip Ingram, Background Vocal - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Performer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
The Flat Foot Floogie (Album Version) 00:02:04

Mary Kramer, Director - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - B. GREEN, Composer - B. GREEN, Lyricist - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Jeff Young, Piano - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Ray McCurdy, Drums - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Performer - Camryn Manheim, Background Vocal - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - S. Gallard, Composer - S. Gallard, Lyricist - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
I Am Your Mother Too (Album Version) 00:04:02

Mary Kramer, Director - Luis Conte, Percussion - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - K. Moore, Composer - K. Moore, Lyricist - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - SERGIO GONZALES, Drums - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - "Ready" Freddie Washington, Bass - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Performer - Greg Leisz, Mandolin - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Brenda Russell, Vocal - Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Zuriani, Composer - Zuriani, Lyricist - Joellen Friedkin, Piano - Joellen Friedkin, Acordeon

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
Big Yellow Taxi (Album Version) 00:03:44

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Mary Kramer, Director - J. Mitchell, Composer - J. Mitchell, Lyricist - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Danilo Lozano, Flute - Kevin Moore II, Background Vocal - Perla Batalla, Background Vocal - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Bass - Luis Conte, Percussion - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Performer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Isn't She Lovely (Album Version) 00:05:16

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Mary Kramer, Director - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Roy McCurdy, Drums - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Jeff Young, Piano - S. Wonder, Composer - S. Wonder, Lyricist - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Harmonica - Keb' Mo', Performer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator - Gerald Albright, Alto Saxophone

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
America The Beautiful (Album Version) 00:03:35

Bil Lane, 2nd Engineer - Mary Kramer, Director - Ed Cherney, Mixing Engineer - Jim Denis, 2nd Engineer - Gabe Veltri, Engineer - Mark Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Kevin McCormick, Producer - Kevin McCormick, Engineer - Doug Sax, Mastering Engineer - Samie Barela, 2nd Engineer - Katharine Lee Bates, Lyricist - Quincy Jones, Arranger - Samuel Ward, Composer - Hilary Bratton, A&R Director - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Guitar - Keb' Mo', Performer - JoAnn Tominaga, Coordinator

(P) 2001 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

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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