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Family Dance [Original recording reissued]

Dan ZanesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Jump UpDan Zanes & Friends 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rock Island LineDan Zanes & Friends Featuring The Rocket Ship Revue 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. MaltiDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Barbara Brousal 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Hokey PokeyDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Father Goose aka Rankin' Don and The Dandelion Chorus 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Water For The ElephantsDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Donald Saaf 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Linstead MarketDan Zanes & Friends Featuring The Sandy Girls 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fooba Wooba JohnDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Rosanne Cash 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Wonder WheelDan Zanes & Friends Featuring The Rocket Ship Revue 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Yo-Yo Sweet Yo-YoDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Rubi Theater Company 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. All Around The KitchenDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Loudon Wainwright III 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. In The EveningDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Father Goose aka Rankin' Don and The Dandelion Chorus 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Flowers Of edinburghDan Zanes & Friends 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Thrift ShopDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Sandra Bernhard 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Skip To My LouDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Rankin' Don aka Father Goose 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Good Night WaltzDan Zanes & Friends Featuring Donald Saaf and Lyris Hung 3:21$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 (July 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: November 8, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Festival Five Rec.
  • ASIN: B00005TT6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At a moment when mainstream music is clogged with a surfeit of stale, formulaic songs and huge egos, Dan Zanes has found the Drano. Family Dance, his second kids' record (after the fab Rocket Ship Beach), again comes through with big-name helpers--Sandra Bernhard, Rosanne Cash, and Loudon Wainwright III among them--but instead of assembling a mixed bag of self-important numbers, Zanes, who produced and plays on all but one of 15 tracks, maintains a cohesive vibe that's low-key and playful. Yet here's a disc that's all over the map, genre-wise. Gruffster Rankin' Don, a.k.a. Father Goose, rasta-raps his way through "The Hokey Pokey" and "Skip to My Lou," the Sandy Girls carry us off to a colorful Caribbean village for "Linstead Market," Cash folks up "Fooba Wooba John," and Leadbelly's "Rock Island Line" makes a stop in Memphis bluesland. Zanes's originals--"Jump Up," "Wonder Wheel," and "Thrift Shop," performed as a duet with Bernhard--manage to be wholesome, happy, and hip all at once, no mean feat. But it's the music making on Family Dance that impresses most of all. Fiddles, beatboxes, mandolins, tubas, banjos, and concertina elbow their way onto these tracks, and they're balanced by Zanes's arrangements and backup singer Barbara Brousal's graceful voice and guitar work. Kids 2 and up will be likewise captivated by the chunky board-book packaging, again with original artwork. --Tammy La Gorce

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! December 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What a fantastic album for kids, parents, and anybody who loves a blend of folk/roots/pop. The whole album is great but these tracks stand out:
- Malti and Linstead Market have a Caribbean feel to them.
- Wonder Wheel has some good pop hooks and reminds me of The Kinks "Come Dancing.
- Hokey Pokey, Water for the Elephants and Skip to My Lou let parents listen to a children's song and still enjoy it even after dozens of playings.
- All Around the Kitchen is a kid's song that rocks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Kid-Pleaser by Zanes May 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
We own several of Dane Zanes' CDs, but this is the one that's currently in my car's CD player. Consequently, I've listened to it approximately a zillion times in the past month.

The good news? My 3 and 6 year olds love it, and both enjoy singing along. It hasn't driven me insane yet, and I'm actually quite fond of "Malti" and a couple of the other songs. My 3 year old has learned to count to 10 in Spanish. The CD comes packaged in a board book, and both girls enjoy looking at the book as we drive. My older daughter has learned to properly pronounce "Edinburgh."

The bad news? I wake up in the morning and find myself humming "Fooba Wooba John" or "Yo Yo." I think these songs are permanently imprinted in my brain. A couple of the other songs are a little boring.

I think kids of most ages will enjoy this CD, and grownups won't hate it. It's not my favorite of the genre, but it makes a nice addition to our car music rotation. Oh, and if you visit Zanes' website, most of the song lyrics are posted there. I wish they were printed in the board book so the kids could read along.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Zanes saves the world from Barney and Disney August 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I feared having a child would mean ceding the stereo to "Cartoon Monkey Love Song" and whatever other dreck Disney and other companies pass off as kids' music. Fortunately, I saw a profile in The New York Times Magazine on Zanes soon after my son was born and ordered both this album and Rocket Ship Beach. I like this one a little bit better, while my wife prefers the other, but they're both excellent.
More important, our son loves them both. He's been listening to them since he was six months old, and he's gone from sitting on the floor clapping along to dancing around and bouncing up and down with the beat. I'm sure he'll be singing along soon. I'd say "Thrift Shop" is the best song on this disc, but they're all good, and the contributions of Father Goose on both of Zanes' albums are outstanding.
Another interesting note: Donald Saaf, the outstanding illustrator of children's books (check out "Pushkin Meets the Bundle" if you don't already have it), not only provides art for both of these discs, but he sings on both as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem-- not just for kids December 5, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I have an admission to make. I listen to this cd over and over-- when my kids AREN'T around. This sparkling cd follows Dan Zanes' wonderful first "kids" cd, Rocketship Beach, and shows that Dan is really on to something revolutionary. Most of the material here is more vibrant than most of what's on today's radio for grownups, let alone kids. Special favorites on this one are "Jump" and "Wonder Wheel". Rankin' Don's "Skip to My Lou" and "Hokey Pokey" are a hoot. "All Around the Kitchen" with Loudon Wainright III is a true nitty-gritty rocker which wouldn't be out of place in a smoke-filled rock club at 1:30 am. Finally, Roseanne Cash imbues "Fooba Wooba John" with haunting beauty; surprising and welcome on this traditional children's tune.
Buy this for yourself. If they're very, very lucky, maybe you'll share it with some young people you know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection for the entire family March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Dan Zanes has put together an amazing and varied collection of songs for kids of all ages. While we like all of his CD's, this may be the favorite.

I love to listen to this while I cook dinner. It's a time of day that can be ultra-stressful, but the music seems to take the edge off. The Rock Island Line gets me dancing around the kitchen. The kids set the table while circling it to All Around the Kitchen (a little chaotic, yes, but fun.) The carribean beat of Yo Yo Sweet Yo Yo is catchy and very fun. And, I have to disagree with those reviewers who didn't care for Father Goose, we're fans, especially of his version of the Hokey Pokey.

I am anxious to take my kids to see Dan in concert; if it's half as much fun as his CD's are it will be something my kids will remember for a long time to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids virtually wore this CD out! December 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dan Zanes has refocused his music career on entertaining families, and we are all the better for it! This is a rare CD--it entertains kids without pandering to the latest fads. Dan Zanes and friends have made an album that will sound as good and fresh 20 years from now as it does today. Can anybody say that about the usual kid-band dross? Every song is a gem, and the production is frist-rate. Grab this CD and savor it with your kids, again and again. A five-star treasure!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Savior of Kids' Music! November 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As a die-hard music lover with a three-year-old, I am always searching for that elusive CD that my daughter and I can agree on. We've had some pleasant suprises on the "grown-up music" side, but precious few on the kids' music. Dan Zanes is the exception. This CD is clever, well performed, musically diverse, and completely singable. I will never forget the first time I heard my daughter singing along to "Water for the Elephant" from the back seat--priceless!

The thing I love best of all about this CD is the infusion of different musical influences--Caribbean, zydeco, American roots, and rock, to name a few. What a great way to introduce your child to the many sounds of the world around us!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
We love the Nueva York CD so we got this one, not nearly as good:(
Published 4 days ago by Yvette
5.0 out of 5 stars survival
Special needs child, depends on this music, but we love it to. Perfect balance of kid/grown up relevance. We survived 10 days in the hospital with the DVD version.
Published 7 months ago by CRK
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it
great tunes for the car, this one was a gift requested by my niece and nephew after they got hooked listening to our copy.
Published 9 months ago by Anna Y OBrien
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your Boogie On!
If you like music that gets ya up and dancing and that your children can enjoy with you...then THIS is the music for you! When ever we have this CD on... Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for our kids
Our kids (20 months and 4 y.o.) love this album. We, the adults, like it too. Can't ask for more.
Published 22 months ago by PinkGrapefruit
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids and I think its great.
Kids really "jump up". I heard the first song on Sesame and the rest of the album keeps it up.
Published 22 months ago by Robert Sheldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Dance
We love this CD. Our 3 month old enjoys being danced around the room to the songs and calms instantly when we put it on in the car! We especially love the song Thrift Shop!
Published on February 21, 2009 by Susan Fule
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun CD
This CD has such fun music. I get these songs stuck in my head during the day they are so catchy. :)
Published on June 6, 2008 by sthomen
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW!
Parents, prepare to have your lives changed! This is GREAT music that you and your kids will enjoy together. Read more
Published on December 31, 2007 by Spinner's End
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!!
I love his music!!! I am going to buy another one of his cd. I listen to his music in my car with my children. Sometimes by myself!!! Read more
Published on September 13, 2007 by Denise is
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