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Mary Had a Little Amp

Various Artists Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00049QM18
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pure Imagination - Maroon 5
2. We Walk - R.E.M.
3. The Rainbow Connection - Dixie Chicks
4. Little Star - Madonna
5. Sing Along - Blue Man Group
6. Baby Mine - Bonnie Raitt
7. The 3 R's - Jack Johnson
8. Anchovie - Moby
9. Life Line - Nancy Wilson
10. Gentle Breeze - Lou Reed
11. Wild, Wild Party In The Loquat Tree - Indigo Girls
12. How To Be Strong - Rosanne Cash
13. When You Wish Upon A Star - Joe Henry
14. Teach Your Children - Graham Nash

Editorial Reviews

It benefits a great cause (preschool education for all American children), its star-studded lineup makes you want to have a listen regardless of your station in life (college kid, mother of quintuplets), and its stylishly askew songs are masterfully sequenced (Dixie Chicks chug into Madonna, Jack Johnson gives way to Moby), so that each track comes across a pleasant surprise. The only problem with Mary Had a Little Amp, if there is one, is its title, which gives the impression that it's a hard-rocking affair when mostly it's not. For example, R.E.M. rightfully conjures images of cranking amps, but here the band tones it down with the playful, hyper-rhythmic "We Walk." And Bonnie Raitt, saluted as much for her slide guitar chops as her singing, turns in a snuggly rendition of "Baby Mine" from Dumbo. --Tammy La Gorce

Product Description

Various artists compilation of children's songs featuring Maroon 5, R.E.M., Dixie Chicks, Madonna, Blue Man Group, & more.

Customer Reviews

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album to listen to together! October 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My five-year-old daughter and I really love this CD. The covers are great "versions" of the originals, and the original tracks are great additions to the overall feel of this CD. Maroon 5's "Pure Imagination" is fantastic, as is The Dixie Chick's "The Rainbow Connection." It's a great CD to listen to together and it doesn't drive you crazy after the fifth time because it's kinda "rockin'". If your children are strictly into "kiddie" types of music, i.e. Laurie Berkner, this probably isn't going to be their thing. My daughter is older and is, thankfully, expanding her musical tastes. This is something we both enjoy, minus the singing veggies and all...I highly recommend this to more mature children.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is very disappointing. My husband and I have become big fans of a wide range of "all ages" music and were optimistic about this CD, which was put together for a good cause. We just got through listening to it with our 2-year old and were surprised at how listless all the cuts were. There is not one fun, bouncy, danceable tune in the bunch--with the exception perhaps of the Indigo Girls cut. Our son loves to dance and really enjoys engaging music. This compilation edges toward the depressive at times. Even "Pure Imagination" hits a few too many minor notes for such a joyful song.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few really great songs February 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
While I like many of the artists on this album, not all of the songs seem real "kid friendly". I agree with the previous reviewer that the Maroon 5 song is just too dark. If you are looking for a great kids album that you can tolerate listing to over and over again, I recommend buying the original "For the Kids" instead; that CD didn't leave my car disc player for 5 months! No joke!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Honestly August 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I hate to say this, but my daughter and I disliked this album. We have an extensive music library including everything from the MOldy Peaches to They Might Be Giants to Ralph Covert to Dan Zanes. And as a whole we love musicthat makes you want to dance. As my two year old stated yucky. And I have to agree, we rather listen to CSN original verision of Teach Your Children or any of CSN songs, And Madonna album has better sounding songs then the Little Star honestly get the original verision of the songs. We did not get any further then song 6 which is Baby of Mine, so the album may improve after the 6 song, but I would be suprised.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My 3yr son loves to sing and dance! I loved the title of this cd and most of the artists. However i was disappointed when i actually listened to it. There is really nothing upbeat about any part of this cd. In my option, i think an adult would enjoy it more than a child. Most of the songs are slow, which my 3yr old lost interest in very quickly! I was looking for classic, fun, easy to sing and dance to music and this was just not it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only a coulple of good songs. May 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Not sure why almost all of the songs on this CD are very slow kind of lullabye songs. Very Boring. Kids don't want to relax with only slow songs! Not what I expected with such great, normally upbeat artists as contributors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Skoozey
Format:Audio CD
First off I will say...I am NOT a fan of kids' music. Laurie Berkner, Dan Zane, and Raffi make me want to run screaming from the room. This is the first children's CD that I find immensely enjoyable and my 6 year old daughter loves it, too. The tracks are light-hearted enough for my daughter to listen to over and over. And I like the overall message and tone of the CD...little star; reduce, reuse, recycle; rainbow connection; baby mine. Four thumbs up from me and my daughter!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ADult listening for little kids October 30, 2007
By Apple
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Now here's a CD I can listen to without wanting to strangle the singer of the usual sing-song lyrics. There are a few duds in the CD, but overall a great listen that won't cause parents to puke. My son loves this CD and enjoys the variety.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Maroon 5 song is excellent. Rest are awful!
Published 2 months ago by Pam
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite on target for 7 year old.
My grandson did not like the songs very much - he's 7 years old, and I thought he might get into it, sounded pretty hip to me.
Published 3 months ago by kathleen b. costa
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible, don't waste your money
This cd is terrible. With all of the great children's albums out there, don't waste your money on this one.
Published on December 29, 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying the whole album
Some of the songs on this album are just self-indulgent for the artists and not really good songs. Instead of buying the whole album, I'd recommmend just buying the songs from... Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by Angie
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Aside from the Dixie Chicks and Jack Johnson, this album isn't so much a children's album as it is mopey alt-rock. I really feel like I wasted the $$ on this one. Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by John McGuire
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an upbeat "kids" album
If you know kid's taste at all, then you know they like simple, bright melodies that are fun and upbeat. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by M. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is great
My daughter and I both like the CD. She is 15 months old and dances all around the house. It is nice to hear regular music artists singing childrens songs.
Published on September 28, 2009 by healthy momma
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok - a little self-indulgent by the artists
I don't think they had entertaining children in mind as much as impressing themselves and other musicians. Not all bad music... ok... but it had a '90's droning feel. Read more
Published on February 18, 2008 by J. Link
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Kids
The music on this CD is okay, but not made for children. There is nothing engaging about any of these songs. Read more
Published on November 26, 2007 by HLH
4.0 out of 5 stars Better for me than my daughter
This CD is terrific. For me. It doesn't sound like a kids CD at all, which is great when you're often listening to the same song over and over and over. Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by M. Konz
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