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Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication Rock

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Mathematics is a particularly sensitive educational area in the United States (and, for that matter, the world in the digital age). This set is tremendously simplistic but appropriately so, rooting through numerical issues but also introducing the gist of so many "story problems" that kids have encountered since at least the 1970s. The music has a distinctly '70s feel, sounding a touch like Paul Simon backed by some more-staid offshoot of the Staple Singers. "Ready or Not, Here I Come" is a rambling blast, shuffling quickly and soulfully and showing the depth of jazz vocal veteran Bob Dorough's command of language and rhythm. Things are spry--maybe a bit too much--but single-digit kids (mostly the 4-and-over range) will catch the snappy groove easily and ask for more. --Andrew Bartlett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Schoolhouse Rocky
  2. Elementary, My Dear
  3. Three Is A Magic Number
  4. The Four-Legged Zoo
  5. Ready Or Not, Here I Come
  6. My Hero, Zero
  7. I Got Six
  8. Lucky Seven Sampson
  9. Figure Eight
  10. Naughty Number Nine
  11. The Good Eleven
  12. Little Twelvetoes


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: April 1, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033XL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD is great. I remembered it from my childhood Saturday mornings and it has helped my 3rd grader immeasurably. My five year old knows his threes multiplication tables. He asked his kindergarted teacher if 5 x 20 = 100 and she was floored. If you have a kid who has trouble with multiplication, this is your CD.
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I can't say enough about this CD. I remember picking the record out at the mall as a child. Found that vinyl in my 20s and rediscovered this great music! Now I'm upgrading to CD in my 30s! Most of the tunes are catchy as heck and will have reciting your multiplication tables without realizing it! The songs illustrate tricks and shortcuts for solving math problems, as well as setting the table to music. A must for kids!
But beyond the educational impact of this CD, it's the music that makes it enduring! "Little Twelvetoes" is a cool song with a very far out way of making it's point! The opening guitar riff of that track would make the sample loop of an instant hit song for someone like Beck or Snoop Dogg or Walrus Gumboot (I want songwriting credit :-) Call it Dec El Doe. "If man were born with 6 fingers on each hand...he probably would have invented 2 more digits in his number system...'dek' & 'el' being two entirely new single digits...and his twelve 'do' would have been written one-o...Get It? That'd be Swell, to multiply by Twelve"
Most of the songs are not quite so "deep". "Naughty Number Nine" is a great blues track. "Figure Eight" has a haunting melody. Suffice it to say that this is not one of those CDs that will drive you nuts if your child plays it repeatedly!
All of the CDs in the series are great, but Multiplication Rock is the best in my opinion. The videos are even better although the sound quality is poor. How 'bout releasing the complete series of 4 on one DVD? If you're already a fan, the tribute CD 'Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks' is worth a listen (Check out Mr. Morton). Bob Dorough (who wrote all of the songs on this CD and sings most of them) also has a recent release called 'Too Much Coffee Man'. Can't wait to hear it!
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I'm 30 years old, with no kids, and I own all the Schoolhouse Rock CDs. The music is fun, the songs are great, and they just make me happy...that said, Multiplication Rock is the best of all of them. All of the songs are memorable. Maybe it's because they were the original concept of the series. If you get this one and the greatest hits, you've covered the best songs of all the CDs.
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By A Customer on July 27, 1998
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I must confess that, as a kid, long after I learned my times tables, I found myself enjoying these songs on Saturday mornings. They are very clever and tuneful ways to introduce each number, from zero to twelve. Your kid will enjoy it (and learn something too)!
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This is a great little CD that is worth about $12 or so. Amazon has it listed at $32 however. Target had it for much less.
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A Kid's Review on January 26, 2006
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i grew up watching schoolhouse rock reruns on abc. i will never forget how much i enjoyed them. i love the songs and they are so catchy that kids don't even realize they're learning. i highly recommend this cd for children in 1st to 5th grade. this cd has my favorite schoolhouse rock song of all times LITTLE TWELVETOES witch is why i purchased it in the first place. i am totaly satisfied with it. i hope you will love it as much as i do[...]
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Thank you, Multiplication Rock!
After listening to this CD only twice, my son was reciting it. That's the goal to make multiplication fun & this does it.
The songs are definitly not very with the times, but my kid is 3, so he has no preference for pop music yet. :)
He loves "Three is a magic number" - I think because it says "A man and a woman had a little baby, yes, they did, they had threee-hee-hee in the family, that's a magic number"
The tunes are catchy & not too terrible to listen to over & over. :)
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I LOVE THIS CD. However, this is completely ridiculous that there is such a market for this cd and they won't release it again. FIGHT BACK! Refuse to pay this. I'll tell you how to make your own--I bought the DVD set and there are programs on the internet that enable you to get the music off of DVDs. It was easy. DO IT YOURSELF!
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