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75 Children's Favourites
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on 4 June 2014
Some words different from the original songs that I grew up with and some played to different tunes, but the singer is really peasant, and baby and I enjoy dancing along.
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on 24 November 2013
My grand-daughter loves listening to this CD. It does not grate on adult ears and reminds me of some of the words I had forgotten over the years! A very good selection.
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Ideal to use with young children and share with a small group of very young ones. Commonly known and taught at kinder garden. Very helpful in my role as a grandmother
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on 4 January 2015
Brilliant CD, lots of counting songs so great for learning without the children realising they are being taught. The children all want it on in the car all the time!
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on 8 August 2014
Thanks to these cds our baby who disliked the car seat and journeys now enjoys them and taps his feet when his fav nursery rhymes come
..good value for money .
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
The same female voice is used throughout (including "I am the music MAN"!) and becomes grating after a few songs. There should have been a gender balance on the voices, and the musical arrangements are all same-same, quite monotonous really, with some that sound so down-beat in tempo that the songs sound depressing instead of like fun rhymes for children. The main use for this compilation for me has been to remind me of the songs and words so I can sing them myself.

Unfortunately, though, there is not much choice and this is one of the better options from a currently-fairly-awful bunch.

I loved Jessie Matthews' and Jon Pertwee's Children's Favourites, but unfortunately its only available on vinyl.
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on 10 February 2015
finally a CD that has original songs and not 'jazzed' up for the modern day. My toddler loves it and when put on in the car he is asleep by track 3
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on 6 October 2014
I highly recommend this product. It was purchased it for an elderly person with dementia, who gets great enjoyment from singing along to the music.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
This is truly dreadful. It represents everything that's wrong with the idea that children must listen to children's music. The idea that music for children is some sort of lesser thing to music is ludicrous, yet permeates every godawful note of this caterwauling drivel.

The vocalist isn't just phoning in her performance, she's phoning it in on a bad line to a wrong number. Don't misunderstand me - she never sings a flat note, and the tone of her voice is fine. The problem is that she isn't genuine. You can tell she's singing using a false accent (and not just in her cod-country-and-western attempts). The combination of prissy RP and over-attention to the accuracy of delivering each note exactly as written makes you think that she's trying to channel Julie Andrews, and failing. Badly. Julie Andrews had a cheeky sense of humour, she clearly cared about what she was singing. This vocalist just does what's on the page.

It's not the vocalists fault alone. How can you deliver a great performance to the casio-keyboard backing track that's ticking away with pinpoint accuracy and zero soul underneath your performance. The click track is so ever-present on this that it hurts. Nursery rhymes are meant to be sung imperfectly.

The backing isn't entirely electronic. A few acoustic instruments join in, and there are flashes of real musicianship. These are pretty much crushed by the overall production values of the whole CD, and as a result they only serve to make you more hungry for something better, and for these CDs to be smashed repeatedly with a hammer until they just stop polluting the air with their tinkly drivel.

Finally, in addition to the dreadful performance, formulaic arrangements, manufactured sound and entirely clinical approach, the choice of songs and their underlying lyrics is mystifying. In these versions, songs have lyrics that you've never heard, and some songs seem not to fit the overall theme. I suspect they were going for duration and quantity over quality. In the 75 songs and countless bars of music, there's probably about 1 minute of music that is worth hearing.

This is the sort of CD that people who hate music buy in order to confirm their belief that music is a commodity, a few sounds you could assemble in the same way that you could assemble Angel Delight and call it a pudding, or you could put a motorway service station burger into a microwave and call it a meal.

We bought this to play in the car to our daughter in case she got bored. Any rhythmic sounds will calm a child. Unfortunately, the net result of playing this is that my daughter calms down - quelled into a stupor by this ear-porridge - and I am raised into a boiling rage as this insult to music burrows its way into my head.

The people who get kicked out of the first round of X factor, who get laughed at by the judges and TV audience alike, know more about what the spirit of music means than is evidenced by this CD.

Buy it if you hate yourself.
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on 24 February 2014
So many songs
Great to sing along to
Easy listening! yet also nice to have in the background.
Highly recommended
Great value
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