If you are a Raffi fan, then this DVD is a must have--and a fantastic bargain, to boot. It contains 3 concerts, previously only available on separate videos:
*A Young Children's Concert with Raffi* - Raffi solo; filmed in 1984.
*Raffi in Concert with the Rise & Shine Band* - Raffi accompanied by a four-piece band; filmed in 1988.
*Raffi on Broadway* - Raffi accompanied by a keyboardist and a bass player; filmed in 1993.
Of the three concerts, my 2 year-old son's (and my own) favorite is probably the first one, *A Young Children's Concert*, since it features Raffi performing solo on a simple stage, in the smallest venue of the three shows.
The first two concerts feature many of Raffi's beloved and signature songs, such as "Baby Beluga," "The More We Get Together," and "Shake My Sillies Out." The last concert (filmed at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC) showcases several of Raffi's environmentally conscious works, and has a bit of a theatrical flavor to it.
In all three shows, Raffi sounds almost exactly as he does on his albums. His love and respect for children shine through in his lyrics; his interaction with and attitude toward his young audience; and the sheer joy that infuses his performances.
The sound and image quality of all three concerts are great, considering their age. The concert footage is nicely shot and edited. The DVD menu interface is simple and straightforward: you can access each concert, and either play the show in its entirety or select individual songs from that performance. There are no annoying ads or previews at the start of the DVD.
One bonus feature I would like to have seen is a "sing-along" option, but even without that feature, the DVD is fabulous. For me, it was worth buying (and giving five stars) just for the first 2 concerts.
Since the Amazon listing doesn't include the set lists for each concert, I've included them below (as listed on the DVD insert).
PROGRAM 1: A Young Children's Concert with Raffi [45 min.]
(1) The More We Get Together (2) You Gotta' Sing (3) Six Little Ducks (4) Bumpin' Up and Down (5) Baa Baa Black Sheep (6) Workin' on the Railroad (7) Peanut Butter Sandwich (8) Brush Your Teeth (9) Y A Un Rat (10) Mr. Sun (11) Wheels on the Bus (12) Corner Grocery Store (13) Something in My Shoe (14) Thanks a Lot (15) Baby Beluga (16) Shake My Sillies Out (17) Down by the Bay (18) He's Got the Whole World
PROGRAM 2: Raffi in Concert with the Rise & Shine Band [50 min.]
(1) Time to Sing (2) Tingalayo (3) Rise and Shine (4) Five Little Ducks (5) Bathtime (6) Apples and Bananas (7) De Colores (8) Day O (9) Fais Dodo (10) Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (11) Knees Up Mother Brown (12) Like Me and You (13) Baby Beluga (14) Shake My Sillies Out (15) All I Really Need (16) He's Got the Whole World (17) One Light, One Sun (18) This Little Light of Mine (19) The More We Get Together (20) Everything Grows
PROGRAM 3: Raffi on Broadway [60 min.]
(1) Overture (2) All I Really Need (3) Rise and Shine (4) Rainstorm (5) Big Beautiful Planet/Clean Rain (6) The Bowling Song (7) Like Me and You (8) Day O (9) De Colores (10) Will I Ever Grow Up (11) Everything Grows (12) Baby Beluga (13) Evergreen Everblue (14) One Light, One Sun (15) This Little Light of Mine (16) Brush Your Teeth [rap] (17) Down by the Bay (18) All I Really Need [reprise] (19) Hara Ga Kita (20) May There Always Be Sunshine
[NOTE: The concert ends at "All I Really Need"; tracks 19 and 20 appear after the credits!]