This is a real sleeper of an album, literally. Smooth-jazz musicians--including Peter White, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, David Benoit, and others--play music here to put babies to sleep. Fans of New Age music, specifically what came out of the Pacific Northwest in the '80s, may find many of these 14 tracks reminiscent of that period. Long-time listeners of smooth-jazz radio may be reminded of the kind of ethereal, spacey music that was played in the early days of the format. Many of the songs are as obvious as Brian Culbertson's somnambulating "Brahms' Lullaby" and Koz's "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," but some are inspired choices with creative arrangements and strong performances. Koz and his brother Jeff shine on the Beatles' title tune and the other Lennon/McCartney chestnut, "Blackbird." Brown's take on James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" is also moving, while not straying from the stillness of the concept. Perhaps the standout track is the superb performance of vocalist John Stoddart on Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." This is a real sleeper of an album, literally. Smooth-jazz musicians--including Peter White, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, David Benoit, and others--play music here to put babies to sleep. Fans of New Age music, specifically what came out of the Pacific Northwest in the '80s, may find many of these 14 tracks reminiscent of that period. Long-time listeners of smooth-jazz radio may be reminded of the kind of ethereal, spacey music that was played in the early days of the format. Many of the songs are as obvious as Brian Culbertson's somnambulating "Brahms' Lullaby" and Koz's "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," but some are inspired choices with creative arrangements and strong performances. Koz and his brother Jeff shine on the Beatles' title tune and the other Lennon/McCartney chestnut, "Blackbird." Brown's take on James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" is also moving, while not straying from the stillness of the concept. Perhaps the standout track is the superb performance of vocalist John Stodda...
Lizzie Mcguire Movie ~ The Lizzie Mcguire Movie Are Britney and Christina over-the-hill? It's a question the effervescent talents of 15-year-old Lizzie McGuire star/teeny-pop Hilary Duff fairly begs. While the plot of this big-screen adaptation of Duff's popular Disney TV series (Lizzie and pals take a class trip to Italy; she's mistaken for a Neopolitan pop star; comic complications ensue) hearkens back to the days of Frankie and Annette--or was it Mickey and Judy?--its soundtrack is a downright sunny tribute to the power of contemporary teen pop. Anchored by Duff's performances of the bright, ear-candy single, "Why Not," and her balladeer turn as the film's faux Italian pop princess, "What Dreams Are Made Of" (each in two versions), it's a score whose bubbly energy resonates through its covers--Atomic Kittens' take on the reggae/Blondie chestnut "The Tide Is High"; Vitamin C's peppy version of the kitsch classic "Volare"; Jump 5's faithful reading of EW&F's "Shining Star"--and originals like Cooler Kids' infectious "All Around the World" and Beu Sister's "You Make Me Feel Like a Star" alike. --Jerry McCulley
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Records
Brand: Disney by Dorel
Rapunzel is one of the most iconic new Disney Princess characters in over 10 years. This fall 2011 she will be officially welcomed into the Disney Princess family. To celebrate Walt Disney Records will be releasing an iconic compilation of songs, which focus on key "glowing" story moments from classic Disney Princess films that showcase the "Glow from within" of our Princesses - their positive attributes such as kindness unconditional love and endless dreams. Includes songs from Tangled, Princess and the Frog, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Features new songs "The Glow" performed by Shannon Saunders as well as CD enhancement with fun printable downloads like a printable tiara, a doorhanger, etc. Once the disc is inserted into CD-Rom drive, you are given a choice of either playing the CD or clicking on the exe. file which contains a lot of extras... including the printable keepsakes.On a PC: Insert disc, go to My Computer, click on the drive where CD is inserted and click â€œStartâ€. The Disney Princess program will begin with the option for downloadables. On a Mac: Insert disc, Disney Princess â€œPlay Meâ€ icon should appear on the desktop. Click to launch downloadables.
Manufacturer: Razor & Tie
Brand: Kidz Bop
KIDZ BOP is the most-popular and recognized music product in the U.S. for kids aged 5-12, featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the unique, authentic voice of kids across the entire brand - through music, videos, the popular website, the KIDZ BOP LIVE concert tour, KIDZ BOP TV and the national Be a KIDZ BOP Star talent competition. KIDZ BOP music titles have sold more than 11 million and earned nine Gold certifications since their debut in 2001.The website is one of the fastest-growing online social networking destinations, where kids can safely create, share and watch a variety of content. The KIDZ BOP LIVE tour launched in 2007, playing in theaters and small arenas in across the country to more than 100,000 fans. The KIDZ BOP TV channel is available 24/7 on the Comcast video-on-demand channel, featuring webshows, music videos, concert footage and user-generated content. The brand continues to grow with various promotions including toys and greeting cards.New KIDZ BOP KIDS: The new KIDZ BOP Kids ensemble was introduced with the release of KIDZ BOP 25. These talented kids will sing on albums, appear in commercials and music videos, interact with members on KIDZBOP.COM and perform live on tour, year-round. Sirius XM: KIDZ BOP now has its very own channel on Sirius XM, KIDZ BOP Radio on Channel 77. Tune in for an all day Popstar Party hosted by the KIDZ BOP Kids. KIDZ BOP Block Party!, a two-hour weekly radio show on Kids Place Live on Channel 78, continues to air every Friday at 6pm EST.KIDZ BOP KIDS Live: 25-30 live shows and events planned for 2014. Major markets include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and more.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Records
The soundtrack features original score from acclaimed composer Harry Gregson-Williams, plus end title single and inspired by tracks from some of the today's leading pop and alternative artists. Disney. 2005. Not to be confused with the collection Songs Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia, this album is Harry Gregson-Williams's instrumental score for the movie. Marking the composer's third collaboration with director Andrew Adamson (after both Shrek flicks), this score also is one of the more mature offerings from Gregson-Williams, best known for his work on family films. The music is lush and assured, if a bit predictable. Indeed, it fits squarely in the current style popular for big epics--even using (on a few tracks) the vocals of Lisbeth Scott, which fall halfway between those of Enya and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (both of whom, uncoincidentally, appeared on the Lords of the Rings soundtracks). The CD concludes with four songs, with Gregson-Williams cowriting Scott's "Where." On "Can't Take It In," Imogen Heap's vocal acrobatics eerily recall those of the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, while Alanis Morissette's "Wunderkind" is an inspirational, almost girl-powerish track written from the point of view of the movie's Lucy. But the best of these songs is "Winter Light" by Tim Finn, four minutes of understated, piano-driven melancholia. Look for it tucked near the very end of the CD. Note that the soundtrack comes also as a two-CD special edition . The second disc is a DVD that includes galleries of film stills and concept art, a featurette about the recordings of the score and a making-of featurette. There's also a segment in which the (mostly) Christian bands involved in the Songs Inspired by... album talk about their involvement in that project. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
The Happiest Baby on the Block New "Super Soothing" Calming Sounds CD (now ... with 5 great sounds!)
Manufacturer: The Happiest Baby
Brand: Happiest Baby Inc
Includes 5 Tracks Of Calming White Noise 1) Fast & Vigorous - this \"strange\" sound gets a crying baby's attention (10 minutes) 2) Moderate - gradually guides your fussy baby to calm (10 minutes) 3) Mellow - rhythmic womb sounds you can use all night (17 minutes) 4) Hair Drier - perfect for frantic babies or light sleepers (17 minutes) 5) Rain on the roof - peaceful and soothing (17 minutes)
The Little Mermaid: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Before Broadway was Disneyfied and Times Square became a mall, the best Broadway musicals were being written for Disney animated features by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. Their songs for The Little Mermaid created the mold from which their even more popular work (Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin) would be cast. Almost every tune in Mermaid has its (slightly inferior) counterpart in Beauty, for example. But there's no topping the Oscar-winning calypso show-stopper, "Under the Sea"--in which a Caribbean crab convinces you that "Darlin' it's better/Down where it's wetter." Other songs, just as delightful, are even more impressive in the context of the movie. The rapturous "Kiss the Girl" accompanies a scene in which, despite the whispered urgings of creatures all around, the romantic hero does not act on the title's advice! That's the kind of abstract dramatic (OK, comedic) conceit you'd expect from Harold Pinter rather than Disney. And the gruesomely hilarious "Les Poissons" gives us a fisheye view of a kitchen where the seafood chef is a sort of French Ed Gein--a sadistic murderer who brutally tortures and chops up his victims, then eats them! Who says Disney never did black comedy? "...I stuff you with bread/It won't hurt, 'cause you're dead/And you're certainly lucky you are...." Lyricist Ashman may not have been Cole Porter, but he was the next best thing. --Jim Emerson