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Colours Are Brighter: Songs from Children [Compilation, Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
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1. Four Tet featuring Princess Watermelon - Go Go Ninja Dinosaur
2. Rasputina - A Skeleton Bang
3. Franz Ferdinand - Jackie Jackson
4. Snow Patrol - I am an Astronaut
5. The Divine Comedy - Three Cheers For Pooh, Cottleston Pie, Piglet Ho
6. The Kooks - The King & I
7. Half Man Half Biscuit - David Wainwright's Feet
8. The Barcelona Pavilion - Tidy Up Tidy Up
9. Jonathan Richman - Our Dog is Getting Older Now
10. Ivor Cutler Trio - Mud
11. Belle and Sebastian - The Monkeys are Breaking Out the Zoo
12. Kathryn Williams - Night Baking

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Includes tracks escpecially recorded for this collection from Snow Patrol, Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks, Belle & Sebastian, The Flaming Lips, Four Tet, Divine Comedy and many more. All UK profits and artist royalties are being donated to Save the Children chrity. Rough Trade. 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly enjoyed by the kids July 31 2012
Format:Audio CD
We received this as a gift years ago, but have only started to play it - my 5 yr old spotted it and requested for it to be played. Guess the cover struck a chord...and so did the music! It was immediately well received by both kids (5 yr old and 18 month old) and I've found both trying to sing and/or hum along. I truly did not expect such a strong positive response and it's lovely to see and hear. Have listened to it a number of times and still amused, both by the songs and the kids reactions. If you can find a copy, you should give it a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very modern children's album May 13 2009
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
British pop and rock stars, always conscious of their image, rare record Christmas songs and it is almost (but not quite) unheard-of for them to record children's music. Paul McCartney had a British top three hit with We all stand together, a song from an animated children's film, but it definitely damaged his reputation in some quarters. Remembering that, the idea of any British pop and rock stars recording an entire album of children's music seemed such a ludicrous idea that it never occurred to me that it could ever happen. Still, it's amazing what those same pop and rock stars will do for charity.

This album of children's music was recorded for a very good cause - the Save the Children Fund's special project (Rewrite the future) to provide much-needed education for children in countries affected by conflict such as Sudan, Angola, Uganda, Afghanistan and Nepal. I can think of plenty of other countries that could be added to that list, but those are the one named in the booklet that comes with the CD. (Cynics might say that the arguments over Iraq mean that Britain and America are countries affected by conflict but I somehow don't think we count.)

I have to confess my ignorance when it comes to the music that these artists normally record but from the overall sound, I suspect that the music here reflects their normal styles except that the lyrics were written for children. If you're familiar with the normal music of the featured artists, your choice of favorite tracks may be influenced to some extent by who your favorite artists are. Being completely ignorant of such music, I'll nominate my favorites as The monkeys are breaking out the zoo (Belle and Sebastian), Mud (Ivor Cutler trio), The big ol' bug is the new baby now (Flaming Lips) and I am an astronaut (Snow Patrol).

This was a very brave effort that deserved to sell in huge quantities but I don't think it did. Despite the cause, it was just too way off the mainstream for most people. I've always been a very curious person, forever on the lookout for something different. As children's music goes, this is certainly different.
5.0 out of 5 stars For parents who are tired of Raffie March 21 2007
By L. W. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Your kids want to hear "Sharon, Lois and Bram" AGAIN, and you want to put on "Pulp"...the compromise is "Colours are Brighter". The whole family gets to rock it out in the living room to the likes of "The Flaming Lips" and "Franz Ferdinand". Our favouite tune is one by "The Barcelona Pavilion", a catchy little ditty called "Tidy Up Tidy Up (put it away!)" that makes even the most onerous task of putting toys back in the toy box, or making the bed, a real hoot. Highly recommended by our little tribe, and even if you haven't got one yet, you will still love some of these rare little gems done by some of today's best bands.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. You'll be a hero to your kids and the other parents you know. June 19 2007
By The Upsetter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's unbelievable this collection is only in import! The whole disc is a real pleasure to listen to and some songs (Snow Patrol's "I am an Astronaut" and Belle and Sebastian's "Monkeys Are Breaking out the Zoo") are instant kid-friendly classics. You may not know all of the artists but it makes for a very well rounded collection for all age groups to enjoy.
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Music over Priced Feb. 6 2011
By Greg Evanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although this CD has some pretty cool music on it, its way over priced and this was a good price for what its going for everywhere else and its still to much.
4.0 out of 5 stars mostly very good Feb. 9 2007
By juleptrader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
mostly good songs for children. some seem a little too discordant and not great for very young listeners.
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