Free to Be....You and Me Original recording remastered
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|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|
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The iconic pet project of Marlo Thomas. Features Harry Belafonte, Rosie Grier, Mel Brooks, and Diana Ross.A great hour of brain food for the young—and not-so-young.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
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.
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.
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...Read more ›
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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A children's consciousness raising collection of songs which rail against the ideal of the nuclear family of the 1960s. Read morePublished on July 9 2012 by buffy
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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2010 by Another opinion
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
I read a ton of the reviews and decided to check this CD out at the library to listen to it before buying. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by misplaced-from-seattle
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 morePublished on March 19 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Pink Ribbon Girl
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by SLB