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

Marlo Thomas Audio CD
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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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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 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to it as much as possible... June 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This movie was one of earliest memories of kindergarden. I loved this movie after only seeing it once. However, ever since then I have been trying and trying to see it again. Every year since I turned 18 I have asked if it was out on VHS or DVD. Finally, Amazon.com now has it - and so do I! Thanks.
Until that time I have been listening to the record and CD over and over again. Commiting most of it to life and not just memory.
Both (the movie and music) have brough me so much in the way I live my life. To love others, to respect others - but most of all Respect and Love myself!!
My most memoriable is the baby scene with Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas "are you a girl baby or a boy baby" - making me realize that it did not matter when it came to friends or coworkers.
People make such a big deal that Michael Jackson is in this - I really never remembered this fact. But I did remember Rosie Grier and that made it more memoriable later in life when I learned he knits and when I actually met this remarkable man.
My Dog is A Plumber made me realize as a child that poety can be fun. Even though this was never my strong point nor my field in life, I still appreciate poety to this day because of this first little poem.
And finally, Parents are People allowed me to realize at an early age that my parents could make mistakes. This allowed me to get mad at them without hating them when they punished me. Which has (hopefully) made me a better adult in society.
Thank you Marlo, each voice in the soundtrack, each person in the movie, and thank you Amazon.com!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless lesson for young and old alike Feb. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack came out when I was a little girl in the early seventies and I just purchased it for my young ones. It had very ground-breaking lyrics for that era, specifically that children should grow up to be who they want to be, not worry about stereotypes for girls and boys, etc. It was more a statement for feminists at the time, but today it is just part of our culture to teach acceptance of all sexes, races, religions, sexual preferences, etc. and kids will get the idea that it's fine to be whoever you are, and that to live in peace, we all must respect our fellow sisters and brothers. The CD comes with the lyrics, sung and/or spoken by famous voices like Alan Alda, Rosie Grier, and of course, Marlo Thomas. The stories are memorable and meaningful, and whether your child loves to sing along or just listen and learn, there are lifelong lessons to be enjoyed on this soundtrack. I still recall most of the lyrics after all this time, that's how impressive they were to me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars CD is past its best before date
A children's consciousness raising collection of songs which rail against the ideal of the nuclear family of the 1960s. Read more
Published on July 9 2012 by buffy
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and out of date
I bought this after reading all the great reviews and regret it. In this day and age where we have great musical choices for kids like the putumayo CD's, classical music for... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2010 by Another opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it
I had this on record when I was little. It was a great record for little ones to listen to.
Published on Sept. 24 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Begs more questions than it answers
I read a ton of the reviews and decided to check this CD out at the library to listen to it before buying. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by misplaced-from-seattle
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! On to the next generation...
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. Read more
Published on March 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute!
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Seema Sugandh
5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, it's so endearing
I heard the clips here at Amazon, and (sorry, but...) went out and bought it at a store. I grew up in the 70's and my mom played this for me hundreds of times. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by SLB
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST!!
This CD is a collection of amazing music and stories that help teach peace, acceptance, and much more. Imagine that! Songs that inspire to love one another? WOW! Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson everyone could learn from!
This soundtrack is a must have! It doesn't matter that it was created for children, it has the learning power and all around fun loving songs and stories that everyone can love! Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by Elli
5.0 out of 5 stars Marlo, you GO Gurl!!!!
This album was an integral part of my childhood. My second grade teacher had our class put on a play (or at least a series of skits) based on songs from this album. Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by D. Thaler
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