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Rocket Ship Beach [Original recording reissued]

Dan ZanesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Polly Wolly DoodleDan Zanes & Friends feat. Sheryl Crow 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. King Kong KitchieDan Zanes & Friends feat. The Wonderland String Band 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bushel And A PeckDan Zanes & Friends feat. Donald Saaf and The Rocket Ship Singers 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Go Down Emmanuel RoadDan Zanes & Friends feat. The Sandy Girls 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Goodbye Old PaintDan Zanes & Friends 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Father GooseDan Zanes & Friends feat. Rankin' Don And The Rocket Ship Singers 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Keep On The SunnysideDan Zanes & Friends feat. The Wonderland String Band 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Erie CanalDan Zanes & Friends feat. Suzanne Vega 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Buckeye JimDan Zanes & Friends 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Brown Girl In The RingDan Zanes & Friends feat. The Wonderland String Band Ft. G.E. Smith 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. HelloDan Zanes & Friends feat. Barbara Brousal 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. All My Friends Live In The WoodsDan Zanes & Friends feat. Simon Kirke 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Weather ReportDan Zanes & Friends feat. Bophie and Emme0:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mole In The GroundDan Zanes & Friends 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. On The Sunnyside Of The StreetDan Zanes & Friends feat. Rankin' Don and Donald Saaf 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sidewalks Of New YorkDan Zanes & Friends feat. A Cast Of Thousands!! 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Over The RainbowDan Zanes & Friends feat. Donald Saaf 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Festival Five Rec.
  • ASIN: B000051ZNR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dan Zanes, lead singer of the 1980s roots-rock band the Del Fuegos, didn't need to enlist the high-profile help of pals Sheryl Crow and Suzanne Vega to produce a crowd-pleasing kids' record, but he got it anyway. On Rocket Ship Beach, where traditional tunes such as "Polly Wolly Doodle" (with Crow) and "Erie Canal" (with Vega) mingle in loosey-goosey, just-for-the-fun-of-it fashion with originals such as the plucky "All My Friends Live in the Woods" (written by Bad Company buddy Simon Kirke), Zanes exhibits the same plugged-in exuberance that gave his former band its unpredictable zing. Besides the no-amateurs instrumentation, which includes Zanes on guitar, lap steel, banjo-mandolin, and studiophone, and G.E. Smith on banjo-mandolin and guitar as part of a kickin' string band that performs the classic "King Kong Kitchie," plus a cluster of others, what stands out most about this 17-track funfest is its draw-you-in friendliness. Pitching in with the pros (who also include dancehall rapper Rankin' Don--he delivers the gruff stuff on "Father Goose" and "Sunny Side of the Street") are family friends such as the gang of West Indian babysitters turned vocal group the Sandy Girls, who give it up to impressive, get-you-boogying effect on "Emmanuel Road," and a kindergarten class that contributes, adorably, to "Sidewalks of New York." All told, this is way hipper than most kids' records and it also razzle-dazzles with its packaging--Rocket Ship Beach arrives in a chunky, colorful board-book illustrated with sweet, fantasy-fueled beachside scenes by banjo player and Zanes's brother-in-law, Donald Saaf. --Tammy La Gorce

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A kid's record that's also a delight for parents November 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dan Zanes (former leader of the seminal Boston band the Del Fuegos) has assembled a delightful cast of supporting players (including Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega, Donald Saaf and Rankin' Don) to produce one of the most endearing kid's records I've heard in ages. Unlike much of the treacly, saccharine music that's targeted at children, this cd is as enjoyable for moms and dads as it is for the little ones. It features some unusual takes on standards ("Polly Wolly Doodle," "Bushel and a Peck," "Over the Rainbow") as well as some unfamiliar, funky sing-alongs like the West Indian-inflected "Father Goose." A major bonus: you're not likely to mind too much when Junior asks to hear a song for the 300th time in a row. In a word, wonderful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough... June 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I honestly can't say enough...I recently went on a mad search for "listenable" children's music and fortunately Rocket Ship Beach was recommended. I purchased about 10 other children's CDs at the time and this one is the definite favorite! My 2 1/2 year old requests "Goodbye Old Paint" at least once a day and it hasn't even started to drive me crazy. Every track is great! I'm thankful for Dan Zanes and company daily. I bought "Family Dance" (his 2nd CD) as well, and while it's good, "Rocket Ship Beach" gets more air time. I would buy them both, but if you need a place to start go with "Rocket Ship Beach".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Kids February 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
My wife, son, and I were given this CD as a gift. I was skeptical because I feel many new efforts geared towards kids are either too Smurfy or too preachy. I was very pleasantly surprised. This CD is now not only one of my son's favorites, it is also a favorite of his parents.
Zanes has put together a collection of songs that keep you tapping your feet the 70th time you listen to them. I stay at home with my son and this music has saved me many times when he has been too cranky to eat, or hang out by himself while I get a few things done. After a little dancing to "Polly Wally Doodle" or "Erie Canal" he is bright and cheery.
I knew many of these songs before I heard the CD - - but not all of them. And even though I knew the tunes, Zanes has produced them in fresh new ways sure to surprise even the most jaded parent.
It was fun to hear artists I had heard previously singing songs for kids. I especially like the efforts of Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega, and Barbara Brousal - - all of whom sing with the same clarity and spirit their fans love them for on their own CDs.
I can't recommend this CD highly enough. If you have kids you owe it to yourself to buy this and share it with them. If you don't have kids I recommend it as a charming, happy, intelligent collection of cherished songs by a group of talented musicians.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD for everybody November 22, 2000
By "zzaj"
Format:Audio CD
The first customer review is dead right -- this is a CD that rock and roll parents will love just as much as their kids. I'm in the biz and hear a lot of CDs for kids, but as most parents know most are excruciating after a hundred or so listens. Not this baby. I actually had to fight another adult to keep it. And then I went out and bought a couple of old Del Fuegos records just for good measure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's favorite--great!! April 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough about this CD. It is truly mom's favorite, and my 2 and 4 year old kids can't get enough of it!! I sometimes find myself playing it when I'm alone in the car. It is such a nice change from Raffi, etc. (raffi has his place, but we need a change sometimes!). You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A plea for a sequel. November 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The best clue that this is my 1 year old son's favorite CD is that he starts dancing when he sees the CD jacket (cleverly disguised as a board book). Dan Zanes' Rocket Ship Beach exemplifies what music is all about: A good rythym, a good tune, a good tale and lots of FUN. The vocalizations set the mood perfectly in each song. Mr.Zanes and friends have a knack for writing and selecting songs with an automatic sing-a-long character that will set your whole family to howling together with the music. For children, this is a perfect introduction to songs they will remember all their lives. As for adults like me, its refreshing to finally hear these familiar songs sung by someone who can carry a tune. Mr. Zanes' selections cross barriers of time and space that may give children a taste of growing up in past eras; but Father Goose crosses cultural barriers with a hilariously groovin' fusion of old nursery rhymes, reggae, and a little hip-hop. Singing the ABC's will never be as much fun sung any other way. I have space reserved on my shelf for any new releases they may be working on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids and Adults will enjoy this music June 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
My husband recently purchased this for our 17 month old daughter. It is music that we both enjoy. We catch her in the back seat bobbing her head to the beat of the music and 'chair dancing' in her car seat. This is a wonderful collection of children's music that adults can enjoy as well. It is not the same old boring nursery songs or the classical music that is more appropriate for wind down time. This music is great for the car or during play time. A must for parents. I wish we would have known about it sooner. Now all my friends are getting it for gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Fun and happy songs when you get weary of all the traditional songs children love to listen to. Lyrics included!
Published 14 months ago by veronica mccalmont
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Addition to Our Kindie Rock Collection
This was our first Dan Zanes and Friends album, and we really enjoy it. We have heard a lot of Dan Zanes on Pandora radio, so we decided to buy this for our offline listening... Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Mark J. Pescatrice
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver!
Rocket Ship BeachMy 3 month old daughter hated the car and would cry every time we had to go anywhere, which made life very stressful. Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Kelly Conover
4.0 out of 5 stars bought for my children but the whole family enjoys
i really love music and so do my 1 and 3 year old kids.but i cannot stand most of the children's music available . Read more
Published on July 7, 2011 by b-dub
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun music for little ones
This is a fun CD to listen and sing along with. Kids of any age will enjoy it, although mine enjoyed it more when they were pretty young. Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Zanes ... Great Childrens Music!
Started watching him on Sesame Street and then The Disney Channel, and my daughter was really into him. So we listened to his music, and went to one of his concerts (awesome!). Read more
Published on January 21, 2008 by Astrotrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy me!
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 A beautiful thing!
I used to play "alt" country/"roots" rock music with various bands, and I first heard of this in the Utne Reader. Read more
Published on November 24, 2007 by Ralph S. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great!
I'm a first-time Mom who was looking for a CD both my daughter and I could enjoy. We rec'd this CD at Christmas along with "Buzz Buzz" by Laurie Berkner. Read more
Published on January 26, 2007 by MPMom
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome CD!!!
My 2 year old and 1 year old think this CD ROCKS! My son will point to the CD player and cry and whine until I turn it on. Read more
Published on December 20, 2006 by Tanya L. Phillips
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