- Audio Cassette (April 14 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Ras
- ASIN: B000000Q2E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
|1. Puff (The Magic Dragon) - Gregory Isaacs|
|2. Over the Rainbow - J.C. Lodge|
|3. Safari - Eek-A-Mouse,|
|4. This Old Man - Yellowman|
|5. Reggae Rock - Michigan & Smiley|
|6. Black and White - Brigadier Jerry, Freddie McGregor|
|7. Peace and Love - Peter Broggs|
|8. Three Little Birds - Freddie McGregor|
|9. Jamaica, Jamaica - Brigadier Jerry|
|10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Charlie Chaplin|
|11. Back to School - Bunny Wailer|
|12. Time to Think - Black Sheep|
|13. Joy to the World - Roots Radics|
In "Reggae for Kids" the Reggae rhythms are [just] rock beats (none of
the polyrhythms inherent in Reggae/No One-Drop), and the (all identical sounding)
backing tracks are programmed... , and out-of place
smooth-jazz-esque sax solos?!?!? The vocalists are talented enough, but on this
recording, their contributions sound forced, uninspired, & unconvincing.
The ONLY Reggae-like characteristic of this recording is the (light) Jamaican accents of the vocalists. Yellowman's version of "This Old Man" ("Ye-llow-man") is the most compelling of these ... tracks .... The rest are monotonous & cheesy.
If you want to expose your kids to Reggae, do them (& yourself) a favor- start with the authentic(but approachable) classics: Black Uhuru (Ultimate Collection) or Bob Marley compilation (Natural Mystic/Legend)! For African music try Youssou N'Dour ("Immigres", "Set", or "Guide") or Salif Keita ("Best of: Golden Voice" or Soro).
Here's my advice: Leave this fellow to the side and go with Garcia/Grisman Not For Kids Only, Doc Watson's Songs for Little Pickers, Gemini (Anything) or any of the Woody Guthrie children's CDs.
My other piece of advice to establish my bona fides with other parents: Aquaphor.