Rocket Ship Beach
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Rocket Ship Beach introduced Dan Zanes' special brand of children's music, which mixes well-known songs for kids, standards, and traditional country and folk songs with a hand-crafted sound and plenty of affection for both the music and its intended audience. The "friends" who help Zanes with Rocket Ship Beach include Sheryl Crow, whose duet with Zanes on "Polly Wolly Doodle" gets the album off to a strong start; Suzanne Vega, who lends a lilting guilelessness to "Erie Canal"; and the Wonderland String Band, who guest on several tracks and give an extra twang to "King Kong Kitchie," "Keep on the Sunnyside," and "Brown Girl in the Ring." From the British folk-tinged "All My Friends Live in the Woods" — which features Simon Kirke — to the vaudevillian "Sidewalks of New York" to the reggae-inspired "On the Sunnyside of the Street," Rocket Ship Beach is as diverse as it is charming; the storybook-like packaging and Donald Saaf's whimsical illustrations add to its heartfelt, homespun look and sound. Zanes' other albums — Night Time! and Family Dance — are equally delightful, and all of them emphasize how important it is to enjoy music together as a family.
Fun, but not annoying!
Dan Zanes' children's music is excellent! It's fun, unique, easy to move to and not annoying! So much of the children's music out there is uninteresting and easily gets on my nerves. But Dan Zanes is real music with a folk feel to it that makes it enjoyable for adults as well as kids!
Great Kids Music
This is a fantastic kids album. It's got classics that will remind you of summer concerts and county fairs. My favorite songs are Emmanuel Road, Hello and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. My daughter, who's two, loves it too.
my mom bought this for my little sister. I am a teen and i still enjoy it! not annoying at all!
Born: 1961 in Exeter, NH
Genre: Children's Music
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs By Dan Zanes
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||Smile Smile Smile||Night Time!||2:47||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Malti||Family Dance||2:51||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Hokey Pokey||Family Dance||3:11||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Let's Shake||Catch That Train||2:45||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Polly Wolly Doodle||Rocket Ship Beach||2:16||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Jump Up||Family Dance||1:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Hello||Rocket Ship Beach||3:06||$1.29||View In iTunes|