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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good array, but the real reacords are better
This is a good sampling of bruce and miss nelson, but if you get into the weirder aspects of them like me, you'll want to hear the original records or tapes because the "deep album cuts" (hehe deep childrens' cuts) are full of all kind of weird bits both thematically and musically. You can actually still get the original tapes--I did--from miss nelson herself at...
Published on July 24, 2004 by S. M Smith

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from a contemporary perspective this recording is very strange, not only because it doesn't conform to accepted educational practises, but because its creators sound like they must have been on acid. It's kitsch, it's fun, it's definitely of its time.
Published on December 7, 1999


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good array, but the real reacords are better, July 24, 2004
This review is from: Listen Compute Rock Home (Audio CD)
This is a good sampling of bruce and miss nelson, but if you get into the weirder aspects of them like me, you'll want to hear the original records or tapes because the "deep album cuts" (hehe deep childrens' cuts) are full of all kind of weird bits both thematically and musically. You can actually still get the original tapes--I did--from miss nelson herself at [...] after discovering their www on...actually, this very record. I was thrilled to be able to get the tapes, although they are a little edited with some substitutions or alternate takes of songs on the LPs. The only place you can find the LPs is all scratched up in public libraries lol--that's where I first heard " The Electronic Record for Children," which got me goin' on Bruce. Bellingham Public Library. If you really want to hear the genius of Bruce Haack goin wild and minus the childrens' act, I very highly recommend you get "electric lucifer book 2." Its an beautiful, amazing peice of electronica, recorded in 1978. EL 1 was released in 1970 i think, and is good also, but has a little too much hippy-dippiness0. Bruce is beautiful on el2. Its available on CD only. I guess there's also a couple of recorded but as-yet not released records out there, like "Skullastic" and "electric lucifer 3 --identified flying object" [!!!!!] We can only hope to ever get to hear those. EL2 remained unreleased until just a few years ago itself. Bruce died fairly young at about 60, just two years before I first heard him.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind, September 6, 2000
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Elana Kieffer (Providence, RI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Listen Compute Rock Home (Audio CD)
I loved this album! I'm only 15, but i know my music, and this music is something i am definitely glad to know. It's different, it's fun, it's interesting, and it's one of a kind! If you don't have it, get it! Share it with everyone! I guarantee it will give you a whole new meaning of music. With Bruce Haack's inventiveness, and Esther Nelson's expressiveness, you will want to listen to it again and again!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent music and movement CD for children of all ages, November 5, 1999
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This CD is a magical tour of music and movement concepts that invites creative response from the listener.Particular favorites are "Motorcycle Ride", "American Eagle" and "Army Ants in Your Pants". I would expect this record to be very useful for teachers, especially at the Elementary School level.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hold on, Miss Nelson while I bring the carpet in..., May 26, 2000
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...for a wall-to-wall landing." To paraphrase a line in Bruce Sterling's "Crytonomicon," Bruce Haack was the beard and Esther Nelson was the suit. Their unlikely union produced a dozen or so of the wonderful, incredibly strange children's records from which the CD has been compiled (most of the full albums are still available on cassette) -- basically, some strange, obliquely educational situation is set up, narrated by egghead Haack and the ever-clement Miss Nelson, and backed by BH's primitive synth contraptions and whirring oscillators. "The Jelly Dancers" is absolutelt infectious, as are "Army Ants In Your Pants" and the long, sad tale of "Coco the Coconut" (both of them among the many songs featuring Miss Nelson's own children), and "Upside Down" is so out it alsmost doesn't belong here, one of those stratospheric Haack compositions which take you so far into neverneverland you have to actually think about it to back down to earth when it's over. Hours of fun for the whole family -- buy an extra copy and send it to that stiff, dry old Calvinist who calls himself your father-in-law.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Discovery, April 3, 2000
This review is from: Listen Compute Rock Home (Audio CD)
I bought this CD after hearing a friend of mine use it for her general music classes. My students request it often, so I use it as a special treat. I'm amazed at how they respond to and dramatize "Motorcycle Ride", "Popcorn" and "Army Ants".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesomely experimental music for people of all ages, March 7, 2000
This review is from: Listen Compute Rock Home (Audio CD)
bruce haack is a guy that never truly received all the recognition he deserved. the sounds he created from the limited resources he had were stunning. the only bad thing i have to say about this record is that its too short! if you like this compilation, you should try the "hush little robot" cd, another recent haack retrospective collection that focuses on his more "mature" recordings... ok, robot. that is all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen Compute Rock Home, November 27, 1999
This review is from: Listen Compute Rock Home (Audio CD)
I received this record as a gift and have listened to it over and over with my friends at school. Many of the items are great for kids, but my friends and I love the psychedelic music and sound effects. My current favorite is "Army Ants in Your Pants"...very imaginative!
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3.0 out of 5 stars bizarre, December 7, 1999
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from a contemporary perspective this recording is very strange, not only because it doesn't conform to accepted educational practises, but because its creators sound like they must have been on acid. It's kitsch, it's fun, it's definitely of its time.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo...this cat is the fuzz, October 23, 2002
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Peter Panagakos (Philadelphia, PA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Listen Compute Rock Home (Audio CD)
This disc kicks dragon man...check it out
b4 yo microwave starts talkin' 2 U when your're
asleep...namean?
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