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5.0 out of 5 stars "If there's a rabbit, then you should grab it", January 30, 2008
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This review is from: Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never (Hardcover)
My first copy of PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS was a gift for my granddaughters. We all enjoyed it so much that I bought three more copies -- each one for myself but impulsively given away.

Now I have BLUE MOO, and I'm keeping it for myself, so don't even hint for it.

You may know Sandra Boynton's impressive children's books but this music thing she has going on is something else again. "Renegade children's music," she calls it. BLUE MOO is subtitled "17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never," and trust me, you don't need children around to enjoy it.

Boynton collaborated with composer Michael Ford on these 17 fractured hits, and she mustered another stellar group of performers for the CD.

Patti LuPone shines on "Rabbit Tango," and yes, that's the amazing B.B. King delivering the goods with "One Shoe Blues." Christopher Kale Jones of JERSEY BOYS fame croons "Singing In The Shower."

When was the last time you heard a new release from veteran Neil Sedaka? Here he is in great doo-wop form with "Your Nose." And speaking of doo-wop, we have Sha Na Na singing "Gorilla Song" ("Banana nana nana nana, na na na"). Bobby Vee takes you down memory lane with the sentimental "With You," and John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting with a beautifully syncopated track named "Big Band Sound."

How about "Speed Turtle":

>> It's a ... Speed Turtle. Whoa-ho!
>> It's a ... Speed Turtle. Oh, no!
>> Man alive, it's in overdrive.
>> Go, little turtle, go go.

Yes, that's Brian Wilson, who else? And while I'm stating the obvious, "Mersey Lullaby" is (of course) recorded by Gerry & The Pacemakers.

The title tune is offered twice, once by Steve Lawrence and in a jazzed up "Blue Moo '62" version by a house "girl group."

Did you ever think of teaching a hippo to swing dance? "When A Hippo Can Dance" signals the idea:

>> If you have a hippo you love very much,
>> Yet you find it has one or two faults --
>> Such as sleeping too late, such as making you wait --
>> I suggest that you teach it to waltz.

The 18 tracks on this CD (yes, 18, notwithstanding the subtitle) will get your toes tapping, get you up dancing in fact. What fun!

Oh, and did I explain that there's a book too? A very entertaining illustrated songbook; which is handy because you won't want to miss a lyric.

Sandra Boynton produces a wonderfully creative project that the whole family will enjoy. You'll want to get your own; I'm definitely keeping mine.

Linda Bulger, 2008
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Initial post: Jan 30, 2008 8:46:43 PM PST
Wow, Linda, a brilliant, brilliant review! I'm flabbergasted with this review, complete with crazy lyrics. I'm awed at the cast of fine musicians in this unusual collection. Love the title of the book and everything about this. How in the world did you find such a sensational CD. I know I have to OWN this one; no Netflix this time around. Wonderful!

And is that Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame? Adore the Beach Boys.

Keep these fine reviews coming, bff. :)

Posted on Jan 31, 2008 4:09:40 PM PST
Linda Bulger says:
Well I just happened to spot PHILADELPHIA CHICKENS in a T.J.Maxx store while I was shopping for my granddaughters, a few years ago. Fell totally in love with that CD and book ("Snuggle Puppy;" "Be Like A Duck;" "Belly Button;" "Jump Rope Jive").

Sandra Boynton produced two more CD/book sets between PC and BLUE MOO, but I was on a tighter budget and didn't indulge myself with those.

By the way, yes, THAT Brian Wilson. And the song suits him so well ...

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Posted on Feb 1, 2008 10:04:48 AM PST
Linda Bulger says:
Judy, I just saw this comment of yours (on my lunchbreak). Can't e you, but check my comment on your SB review, 'K?

Sarah, the lyrics and entire concept of these records is so creative and fun ...

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 3:52:10 PM PST
thanks for a great and fun review,the book and cd sounds like lots of fun

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 5:42:46 PM PST
This sounds wacky, wild, and crazy! What a nice review; you really capture the spirit of this.

Posted on Feb 2, 2008 5:08:26 AM PST
This sounds like something that would appeal to Metamorpho's inner child. It sounds incredibly creative and, as you know, creative is my middle name! Fine review!

everso yours --------- Metamorpho C. Seer ;)

Posted on Feb 2, 2008 3:24:53 PM PST
Linda Bulger says:
Sarah, Colette, thanks for stopping by. If you have a chance to hear this music, I hope you like it as much as I do.

Steven, wacky, wild and crazy for sure!

Metamorpho, si si, senor!

Posted on Feb 2, 2008 7:33:14 PM PST
Hi Linda,
Went right on up to the top and put a copy in my shopping cart. I'm back now for a little comment. Fun, fun, fun in the sun review!
Go little turtle, dreaming , scheming.
Go little turtle, you're all mine!
Someone had to sing that one, just don't know who.
You've put songs in my head. They'll be there all night,
Dreaming, dreaming, scheming....
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