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From an adult perspective, this tape is amazing. The playing is superb and intelligent, the lyrics are sincere, heartfelt, and often pull-your-leg funny. Grisman and Garcia play with and off each other beautifully.
The musical skill here is extremely high, but feels unforced and simple.
For example, listen to the song "Arkansas Traveller" about an encounter between a city slicker and a country bumpkin:
Slicker: Well, hello stranger.
Bumpkin: Why, hello stranger!
Slicker: Yer corn looks awful little and yeller.
Bumpkin: I planted the little and yeller kind.
Listen to the banjo and mandolin duet of turkey in the straw; the playing is quite intricate and beautiful.
What's right about this tape: it entertains and engages without once stooping to dull playing or insincere, tired singing. Unlike Raffi, for example, this tape never feels like an act.
Recommended for any kid. Also, any adult who likes good acoustic or folk guitar. This is a tape I play all the time, whether or not kids are around.
* Please, no hate mail from all 15 of you adult Raffi fans. I know the lyrics to Baby Beluga and I'm not afraid to use them.
This album features the bluegrass, twangy sound that Garcia and Grisman became known for. It's really no different there. But unlike just about all their other albums, this one you can sing along really loud and have a blast doing it. Good stuff.
While you're at it, check out other Grisman/Garcia CD's for equally excellent music and production ('Shady Grove', 'The Pizza Tapes'), or Woody Guthrie's classic 'Songs to Grow On', perhaps the greatest children's album ever.
It was originally given to me by a friend that REALLY didn't like folk music and bought it because Garcia's name was on it. What a great album to get!! All the songs are SUPER tastefully done, but as the title implies, adults will enjoy these tunes as much as anyone!
Really groovin' little disc!
Grisman and Garcia played well together and their timing was perfect. Production qualities are good and there are non musical sounds blended in in places that lend some decoration to the guitar and banjo that are used throughout. Their voices blend quite well on the tape, and yet in the 2 part songs there is no doubt that they are playing question and answer and having fun with it. I would recommend this to anyone with kids or with out if you have a liking for Burl Ives type music. The title of this collection is quite accurate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this Cd - even though I have only owned it a week or so .... I like it so much .... I am planning on sending it to a disabled child relative .... Read morePublished 1 day ago by RockNRoll
Absolutely love this album. My kids love freight train and they aren't listening to the garbage that is out now a days.Published 1 month ago by lacey melanson
I was very surprised how great of a condition this CD was in. I've never bought a used CD online before but I was very satisfied. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L
Never was a Dead Fan. But this and other post Grateful Dead music has made me a Dawg Fan.
It is amazing to hear Garcia's change from Rock and Roll to easy listening.
This is a wonderful CD for the whole family. Get ready to sing along and have dance parties with the kiddos in your life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by rebsblack
I had this on tape years ago, lost it, found this and had to have it. Man I have missed this album.Published 8 months ago by FrankSmith
Amazing how this CD grows on you. At first you might program it for favorite tracks...but as it grows on you, you program less & less, till at last you always play the whole CD.Published 9 months ago by Kenneth M. Goodman
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