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Rocket Ship Beach

by Dan Zanes and Friends

children's music with the raw spontaneity of early rock and roll, the handmade traditions of american folk and the breezy soulfulness of old time west indian music, all on a scale for little and big ears.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. Polly Wolly Doodle (with Sheryl Crow)
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2:16 album only
2. King Kong Kitchie (with the Wonderland String Band)
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3:18 album only
3. b>Go Down Emmanuel Road (with The Sandy Girls)
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2:49 album only
4. Goodbye Old Paint
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1:47 album only
5. Father Goose(with Rankin' Don aka Father Goose)
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2:11 album only
6. Erie Canal (with Suzanne Vega)
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4:33 album only
7. Buckeye Jim
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2:24 album only
8. Brown Girl in the Ring (with G.E Smith)
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2:40 album only
9. Hello (with Barbara Brousal)
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1:51 album only
10. All My Friends Live in the Woods (with Simon Kirke)
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2:20 album only
11. Weather Report (Sophie & Emma)
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3:06 album only
12. Mole in the Ground
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13. Sidewalks of New York (with a cast of thousands!!)
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Album Notes
Dan Zanes, acclaimed singer/songwriter and former lead singer of Boston rock and roll band The Del Fuegos has started a label dedicated to making children's music for the whole family and neighborhood to enjoy.

It's the sound of friends getting together and making relaxed and exciting music in a communal atmosphere.

On Rocket Ship Beach, the first release from Dan's Festival Five label, the friends include Sheryl Crow, Donald Saaf, rapper Rankin' Don, Suzanne Vega, West indian vocal group The Sandy Girls and Barbara Brousal in addition to Zanes own Wonderland String Band.

"wry, rootsy, real American folk music - songs that twist a little plangency into the sweetness of a melody, songs that feel like life." - Rolling Stone (from the 2001 Hot Issue. Dan was the "hot kid rock")

" a lovely, lively nostalgia trip" - The New York Post

Recommended by Parents Choice.


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Tomasina &Sophia

Thanks for keepin' me and my Daughter Rockn'out. It has been so insperational that we decided to go out get some
instruments!!!! we wish we could go to Rocket Ship Beach!


My son loves it!
My son listens to it everyday on the way to daycare. He either listens intently or tries to sing along. He is 11 months old, but very discriminating about his music. He won't listen to just anything!ha P.S. Mom and Dad like it, too. We're planning to use it for his first birthday party.


Can't play it too many times!
From the first drum stick taps of Polly Wolly Doodle my 2 year old is smiling and my husband and I are dancing. A fabulous mix of children's tunes with an adult beat. We can't get enough of Father Goose. CDBaby recommended it to us and we in turn to you!

Laura Gill

I love it. We received this CD from a friend when our son Daniel was born. He still requests it now at age 3, and we all continue to enjoy this catchy blend of music. Now I buy Rocket Ship beach as a unique baby gift for friends having babies. In fact, I need to order another one for a co-worker's baby shower!


Love this music!
Had to get this one after hearing Emmanuel Road on Sesame Street. The rest of the music is awesome. Not often do you find a children's cd that is good from beginning to end. AND that's fun for the whole family. It's fresh. We love it!

Elizabeth Davies

We moved from Brooklyn to Toronto and brought your music with us...
My daughter's favorite songs on this cd is Erie Canal and the Weather Report. She cracks up with the conversations...all you really need is a jean jacket...
We would drive at times alongside the erie canal on our many trips to canada and we stopped one time, Suzanne Vega's gorgeous voice in our heads and i was imagining the mule named Sal. My daughter thought the Erie Canal was one of the greatest visits in the world. (she is 6) the lawns behind the small houses along the erie canal were so lush and green, we wished we could have had a picnic with popsicals. thank you for this wonderful cd and the beautiful stories and songs.

Jane Zimmerman

Best Parent 'n' Kid CD Out There! Enjoy!
Both my baby and I are crazy about this CD! We listen, sing, and dance to it literally every day and enjoy it more and more each time. The songs include a lot of old favorites and some terrific original material. I have no musical talent, but the Rocket Ship Beach singers helped me loosen up, shed any ol' fuddy-duddy inhibitions, and join in the fun! The content quality of this CD makes it as enjoyable for parents as for kids. My only gripe is that not all the lyrics are printed on either the web site or the CD jacket due to copyright issues. I hope the copyright holders will allow Dan to post the lyrics so that we tone-deaf types can have an easier time butchering their tunes. Meanwhile, I hope there are more Rocket Ship Beach CDs to follow!!!


A great family cd. Everyone will enjoy it.
I love this cd so much I make a point of giving it as birhtday gifts to toddlers. It's a great way to expose everyone to the wonderful family music alternatives available. It's no disney, or barney, thank goodness. Darcy

Randy Ingersoll

Well of course it's a great CD!
Dan Zanes has such a sincere, happy approach to music. Father Goose is a trip! The Sandy Girls bring the joy of the tropics to my house here in Montana. Listen for the SWEET banjo and tuba and guitar that starts "Bushel And A Peck," and enjoy the most amazing version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" with banjo, clarinet (haunting!) and guitar. Sing along and smile.


Dan Zanes is Fantastic
We got Rocket Ship beach as a gift. My daughter loves it, and now we are giving it as a gift to all of our friends. We got Family Dance and Night Time too. You should see our 15 month old dance around the room. She loves them all! Rocket Ship is great to sing along with in the car too.
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