Any kids album that has Kermit the Frog singing “Rainbow Connection” has its heart in the right place.
Light In the Attic Records and Third Man Records have teamed up to create a children’s compilation CD, “This Record Belongs To ___” and accompanying storybook.
In addition, a children’s portable record player is also being offered through Light In the Attic.
The compilation record has a “daytime” side and a “bedtime lullabies” side — Very nice of them to remember that night time is NOT party time for some humans.
Among artists on the “This Record Belongs To __” are Jerry Garcia, Nina Simone, Carole King, Woody Guthrie, author Shel Silverstein, Donovan, The Pointer Sisters, and of course, the Green One himself.
1. Shel Silverstein – Invitation
2. Van Dyke Parks – Occapella
3. Carole King – One Was Johnny
4. Harry Nilsson – The Town
5. Harry Nilsson – Me And My Arow
6. The Pointer Sisters – Pinball Number Count
7. Woody Guthrie – Dance Around
8. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – Jenny Jenkins
9. Roger Miller – Oo-De-Lally
10. Bobby Bare – Daddy What If
11. Ella Jenkins – Pretty Trees Around The World
12. Nina Simone – You Can Sing A Rainbow
13. Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day
14. Donovan – The Mandolin Man And His Secret
15. Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class – Running In The Garden
16. Kermit The Frog – Rainbow Connection
A color storybook by artist Jess Rotter accompanies the record —
which tells the tale of five forest pals who find a mysterious object–a round, flat disc that they proceed to investigate. The animal friends finally solve the mystery and learn how to play a record and let their bodies move to the groove (within the grooves).
As Third Man Records (Jack White’s label) is involved, the record player has a lot more features than the ones kids had in the ’70s — software to record, edit and convert audio content to MP3, automatic tone arm, two speakers, USB port with cable, to convert vinyl records to digital format. What’s super nice about that is that you could pick up some records at Goodwill or a vintage record store, bring them home, and, besides playing them on the turntable, you can convert them to have the songs for your car, iPod, etc.
For parents of young kids (I’m included in that vast group) this opens up a lot of possibilities, and now we don’t have to dig out old record players at second-hand stores that may or may not work. (I just checked on Toys R Us — the closest thing they have to a record player involves plastic records, and a bunch of digital and CD stuff. Blah.)
Finally, someone who gets us.
“This Record Belongs To ___” will be out Nov. 6. It comes in LP, CD and digital formats. The Third Man Kids’ Turntable by itself costs about $90. Preorder the record, storybook and record player here. The color LP bundles, “gender equality” split pink/blue record editions are already sold out.