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Glazer, Tom / Sings Honk Hiss Tweet Gggggggggg ...And Other Children's Favorites
Album:Sings Honk Hiss Tweet Gggggggggg ...And Other Children's Favorites Collection:General
Artist:Glazer, Tom Added:11/2008
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

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Add Date:2008-11-23 Pull Date:2009-01-25 
Week Ending:25 Jan18 Jan4 Jan28 Dec21 Dec7 Dec30 Nov
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1.Jan 24, 2009:Lost and Found
Skip To My Lou
4.Jan 14, 2009:Hand Wash in Coleslaw
On Top Of Spaghetti, Come On And Join The Game
2.Jan 17, 2009:Lost and Found
The Frog Went A-Courtin'
5.Jan 03, 2009:New World Disorder
Honk-Hiss-Tweet-Ggggggggggg
3.Jan 17, 2009:Music Casserole
A Robin Sat In A Cherry Tree
6.Dec 24, 2008:Brownian Motion
A Robin Sat In A Cherry Tree

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2008-11-18 
Smithsonian Folkways release of 1950-70 children’s songs recorded low-fi in small settings by Glazer and his acoustic guitar + audience participation. Before you pass this off, appreciate the low fi recording, also take note that this is pre-Raffi, pre-Barney, pre-Sesame street, all that. Keep in mind that these simple-folk-melodies-turned-into-children’s songs no doubt played a big role in the minds of youngsters who grew up to be the Beatles, and the playfulness and entertainment of it no doubt influenced a young Jim Hensen, who we all need to give a big nod to. Indie rock, and especially the “twee” influence that occurred about 10-12 years ago are clearly embodied in this. Okay, before I get too analytical, just play track 8. Or any track if you are inclined to be ironic or just throw your audience off balance (Ragnar, Chief, are you listening?). But seriously, this is magnificent stuff, improvised, completely unpretentious, and the vibe of love and appreciation coming through the speakers is infectious. Not to mention the sly adult overtones thrown in here and there (just like Bugs Bunny). Okay, maybe you have to be a parent to appreciate stuff like this, but let me tell you: when you have a kid and theres crap like teletubbies and barney everywhere you fall to your knees and thank god when Sesame Street releases a cd of music or Hollywood puts out The Iron Giant, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. and passes them off as “childrens” entertainment. This is good stuff.

No track by track, but keep in mind: All tracks low fidelity except track 7 that sounds like a studio recording and, frankly, sucks because so. Tracks 13 and above include vestiges of a band backing him, minimal Hammond organ. I HIGHLY recommend listening to track number 8, even if you don’t play this on the radio. Its beautiful.

Track Listing
1.Come Down The Aisle 13.Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer
2.The Bus Song 14.Little White Duck
3.Three Crows 15.Down By The Station
4.The Big Rock Candy Mountain 16.Skip To My Lou
5.Honk-Hiss-Tweet-Ggggggggggg 17.The Fox
6.This Old Man 18.Put Your Finger In The Air
7.On Top Of Spaghetti 19.Hush Little Baby
8.A Robin Sat In A Cherry Tree 20.Come On And Join The Game
9.Haul Away Joe 21.Little Birthday Baby (Go, I Will Send Thee)
10.I Know And Old Lady 22.Now, Now, Now
11.Jimmy Crack Corn (The Blue-Tail Fly) 23.The Frog Went A-Courtin'
12.Jennie Jenkins 24.So Long