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House Party

Dan Zanes & Friends Audio CD
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For parents, listening to Dan Zanes provides not only instant Raffi relief, but also the warm sense of belonging to the right crowd. On each disc he trots out a posse of cool friends like Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega, and Lou Reed and he delivers his openhearted lyrics with the rare roots-rocker's gift for stirring grace into grit. It would seem that the release of his fourth record, House Party would be ripe for a backlash--how long can the hokey conceit of a bunch of aging groovsters banging out kids' tunes in a Brooklyn basement hang onto its charm? Looks like we'll have to wait and see, because House Party rages on with the same winning, welcome-to-our-homespun-revolution vibe as its predecessors. Deborah Harry takes a twirl on "Waltzing Matilda," Bob Weir fires up the "Wabash Cannonball," and Angelique Kidjo bids "Jamaica Farewell," but the Zanes originals are this record's proving grounds, and they pin the tail on the donkey with bulls-eye precision. Contributions from returning regulars Barbara Brousal and Rankin' Don--the best couple of favors a party could hope for--send Zanes' campaign to become the guy who turned lampshade-wearing into a kindergarten fashion craze soaring. --Tammy La Gorce

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Zanes -- Weapon of Mass Diversion Oct. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
Much like Patty Loveless on "Mountain Soul" and with equal success, Dan Zanes has gone for a more organic, slightly less contemporary sound on "House Party." The result is a timeless record of quality music.
The title is particulary apt, as the album has the feel of a group of friends and family taking turns in the parlor with old, favorite tunes, evoking a fond comparison to Kate and Anna McGarrigle's "The McGarrigle Hour."
While Dan Zanes has set the bar fairly high with his previous albums, there are many higlights on "House Party": Cynthia Hopkins makes one remember what a beautiful instrument the accordion is; Philip Glass adds his own special somberness to the album's closing "A Place for Us"; "Tennessee Wig Walk" is the most fun I've heard on record in many a day; David Jones, on "How Do You Do?" is straight out of "Mary Poppins"; and, Deborah Harry's voice is as fine as always.
It's become a cliche to say that Dan Zanes' music is as enjoyable for adults as it is for children, but it's true. The seeming simplicity of the songs makes them instantly accessible to children, and the many layers of top-notch musicianship make the songs gems to be prized by their parents.
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By Maia T.
Format:Audio CD
I must start by saying that I LOVE Raffi -- but every now and then, it's nice to find something to bridge the gap between "mommy's music" and the kids' music. A great friend gave this to me and said that it was all the rage. My first play left me wondering if she was crazy - I thought that it was too low-key and too Bob Dylan-ish to fly with my kids (3 and 5)....but then we kept listening, and I don't know how it happened, but we are all addicted! It is really fun music, great for singing and dancing, and definitely worth a try. I'm getting it for my sister and her family, and recommend it highly to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Joy Oct. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had not heard of Dan Zanes and Friends til recently when I saw them on a morning news show. They were performing Waltzing Matilda. I was mesmerized, and smiled through the whole song. They clearly had a sincere joy and genuine appreciation for the music. I was hooked. So I looked up Dan Zanes on the web, purchased the House Party album, and sure enough, that infectious joy permeates the entire album. I'm 47 years old, but the album will also appeal to "kids" older and younger than I. It's irresistible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this guy! Dec 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
My 2 year old is hooked. He is our resident DJ and this is his new favorite of choice, and mine too. Nothing puts a smile on ALL our faces in the witching hours of late afternoon/early evening (when I'm trying to get dinner made) like this CD. Between Dan Zanes and Ralph Covert, my kids have stopped asking for TV. In fact, if the TV is on, the younger one will go turn on the music anyway. You cannot go wrong with this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dan zanes & friends do it again! Oct. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
i've been a fan of dan zanes for a while. his albums are one of the very few "children's" music CD's that i continue to listen to even when my daughter is not in the car. i wouldn't even classify them as "children's" music, but rather "family" music. this album is lots of fun and has a wide variety of music. you won't be disappointed with any of the dan zanes CD's, and this one is no exception.
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