- Audio CD (28 Nov. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: Virgin Television
- ASIN: B000BOWT8G
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hello Children Everywhere Box set
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Heres a fantastic album and a perfect opportunity to fill your world with the happy sounds of gentler times. Hello Children Everywhere takes its name from a BBC Radio show that ran through the 1950s and 60s called "Childrens Favourites". It was presented by Derek McCulloch aka Uncle Mac and later, in the late 60s by Ed Stewpot Stewart (as "Junior Choice").
The programme was introduced with the catchphrase "Hello Children... Everywhere" and the instantly recognisable theme music was "Puffin Billy". Uncle Mac would then read kids requests and play a wonderful selection of novelty songs, folk tunes, choirs and instrumental favourites. All the music dates from the 1920s through to the 60s and is a glimpse at an older generation and the culture built around these great songs.
Top Customer Reviews
This is really a selection of children's records for adults. The CD brings back memories from the Saturday morning radio programs from the past that were hosted by Derek McCulloch (Uncle Mac) and later by Ed "Stewpot" Stewart. A whole children's culture was built around these records.
Perhaps surprisingly, the records still work extremely well for the children of today. Really, today's children are starved of children's records. They move onto to pop records before they have savoured the delights of simple and catchy children's music.
EMI has made an excellent selection in having reduced this to a single CD. I wouldn't have forgiven them if they had left out Robin Hood or Nellie the Elephant. I would like to have seen two additional tracks. Firstly, "Maizy Doats" which is never heard nowadays, and secondly, "I am a Mole and I Live in a Hole" by the Southlands which deserves a revival.
All in all, this is a splendid collection. My six year old tells me that it's "cool".
Heartliy recommended to almost anybody, though I'm not sure it'll appeal to modern, Pop Idol-ed children.
Especially recommend are "I'm a Pink Toothbrush, You're a Blue Toothbrush", "My Boomerang Won't Come Back", "The Runaway Train" and "Jake the Peg".
I remember listening to Children's hour on the radio in the fifties (introduced by Uncle Mac with his catch-phrase Hello children everywhere) and the music played on that programme is the basis of this set, although at least a couple of songs (Ernie, Lily the pink) of more recent vintage are included. A few others have more recent copyright dates (some of the Disney tracks are listed with 1997 copyrights) but I think that merely reflects a renewal of copyright rather than actual recording dates. So this compilation adheres more strictly to the title's concept than the earlier budget collection, which contains Ernie (Benny Hill) and Lily the pink (Scaffold), together with more tracks of a later vintage (among them Grandad and There's no one quite like Grandma). Of course, if you're going to include mid-sixties music, the perfect compilation would include Yellow submarine (Beatles) and Puff the magic dragon (Peter Paul and Mary), but I suspect they couldn't get permission to include those tracks even if they wanted to.
Bernard Cribbins, a comedian, took two very funny songs (Hole in the ground, Right said Fred) into the British top ten in the early sixties and both are included here.Read more ›
Supposedly based on the results of requests you take their word for it.
Many of these tracks were produced by the pre Beatles George Martin-Mandy Miller and Bernard Cribbins for example.
If you can find a copy the Childrens Favorites 3 CD set on Prism is better than the Hello Children Everywhere set as its got 74 songs on and without touching the 60s so you have 2 tracks by the Manchester Childrens Choir and various ones from Disney movies
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bough this CD mainly for two tracks I have been unable to find elsewhere but the whole album brought back many happy memories of my own and my children's childhood. Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. Baker
I bought a very similar one in the 70's for my own children and now have bought this one for my grandchildren. Some of the songs I can remember from my own childhood! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Granny Bear
Very enjoyable to listen to, and the children liked to hear it as well!Published 10 months ago by raydio
Lots of funny old songs, some I hadn't heard before. Some terrible songs too - Rolf Harris screeching 'I want my mummy' always gets skipped but on the whole my 6 year old and his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dawny C