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Album Review

There are some true classics that are well represented here by Ives' amiable narration and singing — "The Little Engine That Could," "Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin'," and a medley of Mother Goose rhymes. "The Grey Goose" (mislabeled as "The Grey Moose") doesn't surpass Leadbelly's sublime rendition, but it does have the advantage of more easily decipherable lyrics — no small matter in a children's album. But not every song has aged well for modern sensibilities; there's the butchering inventory of "The Sow," or how an angry owner ties "The Goat" to railroad tracks with a locomotive approaching.

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pickes or glue or any such thing ..

those who are litteral minded might need to know that the main reviewer is joking. "The sow" is the most innocuous little ditty that I recal from my youth. I mean ... compare froggie went a courtin .. ha ha. anyway, great kid songs , glad to just find it for my memories, and for my 4 year old.


burl ives is the best


I grew up listening to this album. And by growing up I mean, from when I was to 2-6. Fooba Wooba John holds a special place in my heart as I would sing it with my Dad (my name is John). Great nostalgia, but not sure if you'll like it if you didn't grow up with it.


Born: June 14, 1909 in Huntington Township, IL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

With his grandfatherly image, Burl Ives parlayed his talent as a folksinger into a wide-ranging career as a radio personality and stage and screen actor. After spending his early twenties traveling the country as an itinerant singer, Ives moved to New York City in 1937. By the end of 1938, he had made his Broadway debut, and he also sang folk songs in Greenwich Village clubs. In 1940, Ives began to appear regularly on radio, including on his own show, The Wayfarin' Stranger, on CBS. Ives made his...
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