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Grimm's & Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales [Soundtrack]

Danny KayeAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B001HY3BOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Clever Gretel
2. Water Nixie
3. The Bean, The Straw and the Coal
4. Snow White and Rose Red
5. The Musicians of Bremen
6. The Fox and the Geese
7. Rumpelstiltskin
8. Sweet Porridge
9. The Princess and the Pea
10. Perfectly True
11. The Tinder Box
12. The Match Girl
13. The Ugly Duckling
14. The Steadfast Soldier

Editorial Reviews

Years after playing the famed fairy-tale creator onscreen, Kaye recorded a much-loved album of Hans Christian Andersen's stories. He also recorded a Grimm collection in the early '60s; here are both, for the first time on one CD: The Ugly Duckling; The Tinder Box; Clever Gretel; Snow White and Rose Red; Rumpelstiltskin , and more!

Customer Reviews

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Kids Listened to Fairy Tales May 9, 2010
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Danny Kaye is probably unknown to many who are under 45 or so. He was an old school entertainer---could sing, dance, act, tell jokes, etc.---which is a lost art. Chris Walken is probably one of the few still performing that can do it all--for him, from tap to "more cowbell".

Anyhoo, when I was a lad, I listened to this album. A lot. And once the wonders of the Inter-Web-Nets began making searching for such a record (LP, not CD) viable, I did so, and I found it, and bought it. This is a very adept telling of some classic stories. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates what I just wrote.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Kaye is as enjoyable as ever. February 28, 2009
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Back 'in the olden days' when I was a child we had Grimm's Fairy Tales as read by Danny Kaye on LP, which I listened to hundreds of times. I still have the LP, but have no way to play it, so I was thrilled to discover that the album had been published on CD. Now my children can enjoy it as well.

Mr. Kaye gives brilliant performances of the fairy tales on this album. I would warn anyone new to the real Grimm's fairy tales (as opposed to the Disneyfied versions) that they are somewhat darker and more violent than what is commonly thought of when the word fairy tale is mentioned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Fairy Tale Recording EVER! April 17, 2009
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We listened to this every night as we fell asleep and memorized each story. The way Danny Kaye performs these is just priceless. The accents and the way he tells the stories is so funny. I still love these stories!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories anew! January 25, 2011
By Reese
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These are the memories from my past as well as my sister's past come to life! They evoke a period of pure happiness and joy for us as young girls who would sit, color and draw listening to this CD. The wondrous sound effects, the lilt of Danny Kaye's accents, and the never-ending journey our minds would take with the trip of imagination. You won't be disappointed when you sit down to listen to these stories, open your mind to a holiday of fairy tales, and enjoy the lightness of fun. You won't be sorry and this is something that you will want to pass on to your own children, grandchildren, and so on. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children will love this. June 7, 2009
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I had the LP as a child and I listened to it over and over. It is my favorite story time record. Danny Kaye is a master story teller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grimm's & Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales February 4, 2010
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Danny Kaye telling Grimms & Hans Christian Andersens Fairy Tales in his inimitable style. He was outstanding on this CD when it was new in the 1970's and we initially played this for our children. They enjoyed listening to this over and over. After they grew up and had their own children, we searched for the original recording and never found one. Recently we found a CD on Amazon. Our adult children were just as delighted at almost 40 years old as they were when they were under 10. Danny Kaye is a superb story teller, presenting the story in a way that children can imagine they are actually seeing it. We so enjoyed listening to this again, especially "Clever Gretel". Todays children will love it - let them use their imagination to conjure up images of these stories. You won't regret purchasing this CD. (And, we enjoyed it as much as they did.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Fairy Tales March 9, 2014
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Today these fairy tales seem to be forgotten, reintroduce the children to them, it is great and brings to mind times when I as a child heard these on the radio, a quieter more relaxing time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Beat Danny September 25, 2013
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I like to keep a few of these on hand as baby shower gifts. I listened to these as a child and believe everyone should.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly fun for kiddos
Even though he rarely falls asleep listening to it, this is a bedtime staple for us. Good for those nights when I know he's not going to fall asleep soon anyway but he needs to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adnama
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous throw back to a simpler time
I have spent hours and hours of enjoyable time with this CD.

Danny Kaye's voice are incredibly entertaining. Read more
Published 15 months ago by julie martineau
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to listen to
My husband and I are Danny Kaye fans, so I thought it would be fun to introduce these stories to our kids. The recording is kind of harsh to listen to. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it is Wonderful.
The Mrs can repeat the entire album for the Grand Children , I could tell you so much more about her depth in this area of fairytales, and children entertainment, you would be... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Douglas1
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift.
Bought for my son and his family. As he is old enough to remember Danny Kaye, he can share his thoughts with others.
Published 23 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blast from the past!
I bought this for my friend's little girl, but I really had some second thoughts about keeping it for myself! Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Deborah L. DiVirgilio
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Kaye fairy tales
Bought this for my autistic child who loves listening to stories at bedtime. I liked the idea of Danny Kaye and it has stories we don't already have.
Published on November 6, 2011 by standfree
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Favorite!
I remembered the Hans Christian Andersen LP from my childhood and had been looking for this recording for many years. Danny Kaye is delightful. Read more
Published on May 7, 2011 by Michelle Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
I grew up listening to these records, even got to see Danny Kaye on Broadway - a big fan. I'd looked for the CDs years ago to share with my kids, but I guess they're only recently... Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by Pamela Maynard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
I had fond memories of these recordings from my childhood & was thrilled to find them on Amazon. The recording quality is great & the stories are just as entertaining to me now as... Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by Ellen
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