What about the "instruments of the orchestra" set Malcom Sargeant did for RCA/HMV,in the 40s ? This was made for upper grades of elementary schools, and must be fairly scarce,as I have the only one I have ever seen.Ken Nordine, did some facinating school/educational records in the 60s/early 70s,too.I have one about weather,that rivals his "Word Jazz"/"Colors" stuff.
  What about all of the Disney/Movie related Kiddie Records RCA put out in the 50s/60s? As well as the space-travel,Dr.Seuss,and other stuff.These sell quite well on eBay.Far too many gems to list,but I'm sure some of you are familiar with these records. Roger 

David Lennick <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Karl Miller wrote:

  On Mon, 15 May 2006, Tom Fine wrote:

  > Kiddie records and novelty things are another matter, but I question the 
historical value of
  most of
  > that stuff.

  Some of the kiddie records are quite fascinating. A friend of mine
  recently finished (about to be published) a book on the story of the Young
  Peoples Records. Some of them featured the likes of musicians Henry Brant,
  Alex North, Walter Hendl, Douglas Moore, et al. They were highly creative
  and featured imaginative writing. I have been working with the author of
  the book who is in contact with the family of the founder, in an attempt
  to reissue some of them.

  The man who set up the label eventually ended up working with someone with
  mail order make a long story short, which brought me to
  the discs issued by the American Recording Society...something else I
  would like to issue.

  There were some amazing things done on kiddie records, things like
  "Sparky's Magic Piano" "Alice in Orchestralia," etc.


I've done a compilation for Naxos Audio Books that should be released in the 
next couple of months, "Children's Favourites Volume II". Includes YPR's 
"Little Brass Band", The Weavers' "Train to the Zoo" (in a cleaner transfer 
than Bear Family managed to dredge up), Kleinsinger-Tripp's "The Story of 
Celeste", as well as a lot of concessions to popular taste (crap like "I 
Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas").

Alice in Orchestralia is worth doing one of these days, as is The Man who 
Invented Music (both by Don Gillis).


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