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For my daughters 3rd Christmas a portable CD player/microphone was at the top of her wish list. To go with this gift we needed to get her some CD's to play in it. We opted to find suitable music for her age but also music that she could sing and dance along to. Seen as she already knew many nursery rhymes I decided to buy her disco dance party; a more upbeat rendition of the classical nursery rhymes.
There is a variety of different songs on the disc; I won't give an individual account of each song as they are all very well-known and as they are all sung by the same person there is not much variation in this album. There are 14 songs in total and they include;
2. The hokey pokey
3. We are family
4. See, see my play mate
5. Turn the beat around
6. I've been working on the railroad
7. Head and shoulders
9. The hustle
10. I'm a little tea pot
11. Hickory dickory dock
12. The chicken dance
13. Wheels on the disco bus
14. Pick up the pieces
Before I discuss the actually songs on the album I find it really important to mention the woman who sings all of the songs. Although she sings the songs well, she is a very, very annoying person. She has a very excitable voice and as she sings the songs she very much coos as if talking to a baby or you could even mistake it for an excitable baby voice that someone would use to talk to their dog. For those who are familiar with nick Jr, the woman singing this album is as over enthusiastic as the presenter of that show. For those not familiar, this is not a good thing. However, I must admit, despite my dislike for the singer, my daughter seems very enthused by it and the cd keeps her entertained and she is encouraged to join in which I suppose is the most important part.
All of these familiar songs have been given a huge re-vamp on this CD, they are presented very much like other dance music with a faster rhythm and a fast musical backing track. Each of the songs have been recorded with a range of different instruments including; drums, piano, guitar, trombone, saxophone and the flute, this really creates a fun, funky dance beat and makes each song individual.
Although I have a dislike of the singer, I would much prefer my daughter danced along to a dance rendition of hickory dickory dock rather than the modern dance music that plagues the radios and music channels these days .This album is very much designed for children and the majority of the songs have children as backing singers, I really like this part as it does give a variation to the album, I would think it would get a little bit boring with just having the same woman singer, in the same tone for all of the songs, this makes each song sound a little bit different making the whole CD more enjoyable.
Overall, despite having issues with the voice of the singer I do really like this CD. It makes my daughter happy, it gets her smiling, laughing and dancing which is really the impact that I wanted when I bought this CD for her. Before listening to this CD I already knew all of the songs and listening to them again really took me back to my childhood which was really nice. It's also nicer knowing that when my daughter is older these songs will remind her of her childhood too.
I have found this CD to be useful in many situations, as well as playing just for my daughter to dance and sing along to, I found it a great CD to use for birthday party games. The up-tempo beat allows for dancing whilst I am still satisfied in the knowledge that I am providing a pre-school group of children safe and suitable music to listen to.
The CD case is fun and attractive; children will definitely be engrossed by it. It has an image of a dance floor with a disco ball and the little people characters are dancing on the front along with a little frog. The CD brand is fisher price which is a well-known and trusted children's brand. Altogether there are 42 minutes of songs on this CD which is an ample amount and provides my daughter with a nice amount of time to dance and sing away to her favourite songs. I would highly recommend this CD, it perfect for young children and can even bring some fun for adults too. This CD can be bought from amazon for a very reasonable £8.22.
Get ready to boogie with the Little People characters as they perform disco classics and funky versions of children's favorites.