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listen  1. Catch That TrainDan Zanes & Friends 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Let's ShakeDan Zanes & Friends 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Welcome TableDan Zanes & Friends Featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mariposa OleDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Barbara Brousal 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Meeting In The StationDan Zanes & Friends 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Choo Choo Ch'BoogieDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Rankin' Don aka Father Goose 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. PigogoDan Zanes & Friends Featuring The Children of Agape 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Country LifeDan Zanes & Friends|Donald Saaf 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Loch LomondDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Natalie Merchant 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. While The Music Is PlayingDan Zanes & Friends 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Don't Want Your Millions MisterDan Zanes & Friends Featuring The How Not To Get Rich Orchestra 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Fine Friends Are HereDan Zanes & Friends 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Walkin' The DogDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Rubi Theater Company 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wander In the Summer WindDan Zanes & Friends 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Grey GooseDan Zanes & Friends Featuring The Kronos Quartet 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pata PataDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Rankin' Don aka Father Goose and Wunmi 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Sweet RosyanneDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Nick Cave 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Moonlit TownDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Anna & The Flutes 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Here are two things you should know right off about Dan Zanes, two things that set him apart from the huge and festive field of people who have in the past few years begun making music for families and people of all ages in a way that is, frankly, changing the face of America, or the sound of it, at least. First, he is making homemade family music and encouraging similar behaviors in friends ... Read more in Amazon's Dan Zanes Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Festival Five Rec.
  • ASIN: B000EXZ2JW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Catch That Train!" - the long awaited first new family CD from Dan Zanes & Friends since 2003's Grammy nominated "House Party" - features all the fun and music making that everyone has come to expect of Dan and more. The CD features guest artists Nick Cave, Natalie Merchant, Blind Boys of Alabama, Kronos Quartet and South Africa's Children of Agape together with the added bonus of a QuickTime version of the video for the title track currently airing on Playhouse Disney.


With each new Dan Zanes and Friends release, many fans worry that his homespun magic will eventually hit the right note with the masses. Zanes' music, as offbeat as it is organic, is so special to forward-thinking young families that plenty have batted around half-baked plans to attach a password to it. Anybody else can sell out, the thinking goes, but please, please not him. Catch That Train, then, is bound to meet with a lot of hand-wringing. For one thing, it's the first Zanes and Friends release since the crazy-haired, asparagus-stalk thin artist started appearing in videos on the Playhouse Disney channel. For another, Starbucks has stepped in to lend a promotional hand. Those are ominous indicators indeed, but if the largely on-track Catch That Train proves anything, it's that Zanes isn't lock-stepping it with the boardroom goons just yet. Once again, the high-profile collaborators (The Blind Boys of Alabama, Nick Cave, Natalie Merchant) could cause a childless hipster to heed the all-aboard call, but also as on previous discs, it's the usual suspects who supply some of the strongest tracks: Barbara Brousal on "Mariposa Ole," Father Goose on "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," and the Rubi Theater Company on "Walkin' the Dog." True, "Let's Shake" seems suspiciously TV-ready; skip it and pretend it never happened. Then keep your fingers crossed that, once this train leaves the station, Zanes--plainspoken hero to so many--won't trade it in for a stretch limo. --Tammy La Gorce

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Lots of humor and good storytelling.
Darkev Jencar
This is GREAT music that you and your kids will enjoy together.
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We LOVE all of Dan Zanes music in our house.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Szymonik on June 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I admit we're one of those families that worries about the outcome of Dan Zanes and Friends catching on with the masses, as written about in the editorial review above. It's not that I don't wish him the utmost success. I think everyone around the world should definitely "Catch That Train" (pun intended) with Dan Zanes and Friends (what a great party that would be!). I don't even worry that commercial success will change his organic, homespun magic; it's too much a part of him. I do worry that we'll have to catch the live concert at the Hartford Civic Center instead of the wonderful and intimate performance we saw in Woodstock, CT. If you have a chance to see Dan Zanes and Friends in concert, go!! Their immense talent shines through on every CD, but to see them in person is a treat you won't long forget. Mr. Zanes even kindly and graciously waited after the show to meet and sign autographs for a very long line of fans. I do hope that he'll continue to play the smaller venues once the inevitable masses show up.

But on to this new CD... we love it as much as we love all his other CD titles (and we have them all, including the DVD titled All Around the Kitchen). As with every CD, Dan Zanes generously shares the musical spotlight with a wonderful array of musicians, creating a rich tapestry from different cultures, styles and sounds. The result is another CD that is ageless, timeless and makes you happy every time you listen to it. Tracks like "Welcome Table" with The Blind Boys of Alabama, "Mariposa Ole" with the lovely Barbara Brousal, "Country Life" with Donald Saaf and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" with Father Goose are just a few of the highlights. Every track is a winner in our book. I dare you not to sing along or get up and dance!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Chasin on May 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is kids rock in the same sense that the Beatles were when I was a kid; bright silly happy bouncy sing-songy songs. Nothing free to be, no learning, no deeper meaning; just a bunch of train songs (sample title: "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie.") The musicianship is sublime and oozing with fun; Zanes mixes country, ukelele, African chants, rock'n'roll, Guthrie folk, humor, and above all, always, the shimmy. My 2-year-old daughter got a case of the hippie hippie shakes half way into the first song, and they haven't let up.

Zanes doesn't talk down to kids or tell them to eat broccoli. He isn't like Mr. Rogers at all; more like your kind of cool, thin, sloppy-haired, fun-loving uncle who still reads comic books at 45. Which is, of course, the kind of uncle I've always endeavored to be.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AM on July 1, 2007
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This is our sixth Dan Zanes album, and I guess one of them has to be our least favorite. I am sorry to say that Catch That Train! holds that dubious distinction in our household. I am not writing this review to slam the album, but merely to offer the opinion that if you are new to Dan Zanes, you may wish to consider one of his other albums first.

As other reviews have indicated, Dan Zanes is fun, loose and all about the sing-along. I suspect that's why he collaborates so often and so well. If you're looking for tight, sophisticated arrangements, look elsewhere. If you're looking for music that everyone can get into, music that is accessible to children without being cloying to adults, then start filling your cart. Bruce Springsteen gets a lot of credit for bringing the Seeger catalog and other folk treasures to younger audiences, but we think he got the idea from Dan! We love the folk/americana covers, Dan's originals and the songs that he pulls in from other cultural traditions. Here are the albums we own and how we'd rank them:

1. Sea Music
2. Parades and Panoramas
3. Rocket Ship Beach
4. Family Dance
5. House Party
6. Catch That Train
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on May 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Dan Zanes does children's music his way.

You get a music sound that everyone in the family can enjoy and listen to...not like the sappy Wiggles. He partners with some of the best musicians in different styles.

Zanes and his friends make music like food, tasty and filling. Get aboard this train and enjoy the ride

Bennet Pomerantz, Audioworld
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This cd was my first exposure to Dan Zanes, and I must sheepishly admit that I saw it first at a local Starbucks. It looked like a fun cd, so I checked it out of the library and put it on for my 2 year old. I'm not one for most of what passes for "children's music", but Zanes' music is definitely not in the same category. This is music that adults can easily tolerate, and if you like funky, funny folk music you'll probably enjoy it quite a bit. I know I do, and by the way, my kid likes it too. We've since listened to "House Party", and we like that one even more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B on June 12, 2006
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Another fantastic work from Dan Zanes and Friends! What's so wonderful about their music is how they keep reinventing themselves, displaying a melting pot of all different types of music and musicians, yet one can recognize their sound immediately. Father Goose leaves his jovial trademark as expected, and the collaborations with well known musicians feels completely comfortable...Right now, our favorite song is Moonlit Town. Without giving too much away, it's a wonderful closing song, and it's so well written, it would bring back childhood memories for anybody...This is wonderful for everyone in the family, and doesn't underestimate what even a small child can understand. Our children are 2 and 4 and love to listen (and sing) to this collection of melodies over and over....Enjoy!
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