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Free To Be...You And Me [Original recording remastered]

Marlo Thomas Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
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1. Free To Be You And Me - The New Seekers
2. Boy Meets Girl - Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas
3. When We Grow Up - Diana Ross
4. Don't Dress Your Cat In An Apron - Billy De Wolfe
5. Parents Are People - Harry Belafonte and Marlo Thomas
6. Housework - Carol Channing
7. Helping - Tom Smothers
8. Ladies First - Marlo Thomas
9. Dudley Pippin And The Principal - Billy De Wolfe, Marko Thomas, Bobby Morse
10. It's All Right To Cry - Rosey Grier
11. Sisters And Brothers - Sisters and Brothers
12. My Dog Is A Plumber - Dick Cavett
13. William's Doll - Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas
14. Atlanta - Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas
15. Grandma - Diana Sands
16. Girl Land - Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones
17. Dudley Pippin And His No-Friend - Bobby Morse and Marlo Thomas
18. Glad To Have A Friend Like You - Marlo Thomas
19. Free To Be...You And Me - The New Seekers

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There are thousands upon thousands of children's albums out there, but the one that quietly left its mark with more '70s children than perhaps any other album was this disc. Free to Be...You and Me was a pet project of proud feminist Marlo Thomas (a.k.a. "That Girl"), and it was born--according to the liner notes--by the desire to provide her niece with music "to celebrate who she was and who she could be." Harry Belafonte sings "Parents Are People," ex-football great Rosie Grier offers an incredible, touching melody titled "It's All Right to Cry," and Diana Ross waxes future-positive on "When We Grow Up." A great hour of brain food for young--and not-so-young--children. --Denise Sheppard

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3.0 out of 5 stars CD is past its best before date July 9 2012
By buffy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A children's consciousness raising collection of songs which rail against the ideal of the nuclear family of the 1960s. Times have changed, Dads stay home with the kids and Mom's go to work and advertizements are not soley pitched to middleclass homemakers trying to keep their floors shiny. If you are already living in a world where women are not stereotyped then this CD is embarassingly archaic. The child of a family where both parents take an equal role would be baffled by the songs. I would not recommend it unless as a gift to someone that needed to hear a message from the women's lib movement of yore.
There are still battles to be fought for equality in family lifestyle but this CD is in the rearguard of that battle
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5.0 out of 5 stars From One Generation to the Next..... Feb. 13 2007
By SC,
Format:Audio CD
As a 70s child, I loved this album! My mother, a very progressive and liberal woman, bought this record for me when it hit the shelves around 1972 or '73.

Not only is this CD a pleasure to listen to for adults (no typical kiddie music here - if you're a kid of the 70s you will love "Brothers and Sisters") the positive messages will inspire you. Children will hear about self-respect, tolerance, media awareness and gender equality. These are essential lessons, set to wonderful music and terrific stories.

Like mother, like daughter: this CD is one of my 2-year daughter's absolute favourites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it Sept. 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had this on record when I was little. It was a great record for little ones to listen to.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Begs more questions than it answers June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
I read a ton of the reviews and decided to check this CD out at the library to listen to it before buying. I was not one of the nostalgic parents who remembered this from childhood. After listening to it, I decided not to buy it. I REALLY did not care for this CD. Not only did I feel there was too much talk and not enough music, but the talk itself begged questions that probably don't even cross the minds of your average 2-3 year old (such as the "girls are just as good as boys" theme)-- your girl won't even wonder if she's as good as a boy if you don't make a "thing" of it and just treat her right. Anyway, this CD bugged me a lot because of issues like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still timely after all these years May 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm happy to finally own this album after having seen the video as an elementary school child. There are both songs that children can still sing when they feel they are too old for "children's music" such as "Free to Be You and Me" and whimsical songs smaller children would like such as "Helping." This album had a few pleasant surprises I didn't remember as a child, such as the hilarious "Housework" performed by Carol Channing. This album is startlingly ahead of its time with its message of self-esteem, liberating ideas on gender, and unselfconsciously racially integrated cast.
I feel the language and subject matter in this album can be safely rated G (even in "Boy Meets Girl," when a girl and boy baby humorously debate who is the girl and who is the boy). This album is safe for households concerned about media encouraging bad behavior in their children. On the other hand, this album is best avoided by households that wish to instill "traditional" gender roles in their children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! On to the next generation... March 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album was one of my formative influences as a kid. Now that many of my friends are having kids of their own, I'm passing it along to all the new parents I know.
If you love(d) this album, do yourself a favor and get the companion book, _Stories for Free Children_. It explores the same themes of compassion, cooperation, and fun.
On a side note, it was a revelation to come back to "Free to Be" in my college years and realize how many of the performers were Famous People.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute! Jan. 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is so refreshing! I grew up in the 70's but somehow missed this and just rented it from my library and then purchased it and it's reaaalllllly adorable. My 2 year old thinks the talking babies are funny and because it's from the 70's it's not really geared towards little kids like today's shows are... so it's funny for me too.
Besides being very funny, Marlo Thomas is drop dead GORGEOUS in this! What I wouldn't give for that hair!
I was also really happy to note that Michael Jackson had a super terrific melodious voice once. Why can't he sing like that anymore? It's like, "Go! Rehearse daily! Get that voice back!"
Ofcourse there's Mel... what can one really say about Mel that hasn't been said before?
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Format:Audio CD
This is the first record I remember ever owning, sometime around 1983 or 4. I played it almost daily on my tan and orange Fisher Price record player...and enjoyed all of it, except maybe the Housework and Girl Land tracks. Most of the messages went right over my head; yes I understood what most of the songs were about but I was too young to grasp the real meanings. But even as a five or something year old, I loved the music. I dont remember how old I was when I put the record away for good though.
About two weeks ago, I was going through my vinyl (being a huge fan of Classic Rock, I own stacks and stacks of vinyl LPs from flea markets and used record stores) and I found my old Free To Be...You and Me record, complete with taped-up jacket and sticker on the record label indicating which was the A side. I immediately popped it on my 4 year old Kenwood turntable, plugged in the headphones, and started smiling as soon as I heard the banjo-like intro to the title track. I sat on my bed and listened to the album all the way through...and it sounded ten times better than I ever remembered. At age 24, I can now correctly interpret all those messages in every track, and I now appreciate Housework, and actually LIKE Girl Land.
Standout Tracks:
Free To Be You And Me....this song is just inspiring..the best. Awesome awesome singing by The New Seekers, and the music just grooves all the way through
Its Alright To Cry....beautiful piano track
Williams Doll...great singing by Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas
Girl Land...come on, its Shirley Jones! Yes the track does sound a bit scary and cynical, but listen to it again and note Jack Cassidy as the carnival barker sounds incredibly silly. Also note the last verse...
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