Thursday, September 6, 2012

Review - Golden Records Celebrity Series: The Magic Continues, Volume 1

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you remember the Golden Records that came with Little Golden books? I remember having dozens of Little Golden Books that came with a cassette tapes, ranging from fairy tales to Sesame Street. I even recall listening to a few vinyl records that belonged to my grandma.

Golden Records is the most successful children record label in America. It was created by Arthur Shimkin in 1948. Each record contained an amazing orchestration and popular voice talents. Now, Golden Records is releasing their classic songs and stories onto CDs for a whole new generation, combining some old favorites tunes with new celebrity vocals.

I was recently sent a CD of Volume 1consisting of the amazing celebrity voices of Ed Asner, Alicia Silverstone, Susan Sarandon; Constance Marie, Didi Conn, Cheryl Hines, and Busy Phillips, courtesy of Golden Records in exchange for an honest review.

There are 21 tracks with the classic Golden Theme jumping starting this wonderful CD full of great children songs and stories, such as The Little Engine That Could, Yankee Doodle, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Puss in Boots, The Princess and The Pea, Jack and the Beanstalk, Pop Goes the Weasel, Three Billy Goats Gruffs, The Frog Prince, Animal Fair, Hansel & Gretel, The Story of Goldilocks, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Snow White and Rose Red, Cinderella, The Muffin Man, Jack B. Nimble, and See You Next Time, all ending with the See You Next Time message by Alicia Silverstone.

It has been years since I had head the story The Little Engine That Could and I had completely forgotten how the story went. My favorite celebrity voice was Alica Silverstone as she gave great depth to each character in the stories Rapunzel, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Story of Goldilocks. I had honestly never heard the story of Snow White and Rose Red (Spoiler: it's not the same Snow from the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Jack B. Nimble, and The Princess and The Pea.

With fairy tales being reintroduced as television shows and feature films, children will be wanting to know the original stories, and we all know the Grimm stories can be a little too grim for kids. Thankfully, Golden Records is bringing out these timeless stories and music for you to share with your children.

Check out the Golden Record's Facebook Page for music downloads and get updates on their future releases.

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