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Free to Be You & Me

Children's Music album by Marlo Thomas

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a landmark in children's albums

  • Oct 15, 2006
If you were a kid in the 1970s', chances are you had a copy of this little gem. FREE TO BE YOU AND ME was created by Marlo Thomas as a teaching tool for children. Filled with great songs and comedy bits from a galaxy of stars, the album teaches gentle lessons about sharing, self-belief and tolerance.

Marlo Thomas originally created the album because she wanted her niece to have something that celebrated just being a kid, but this album was proudly adopted by an entire generation, and songs like "It's All Right to Cry", "Parents are People", and "William's Doll" became anthems in the schoolyard. Parents who grew up with the album now have the opportunity to pass it along to their own children, thanks to this reissue from Arista Records.

Highlights include husband/wife team Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy with "Girl Land", Carol Channing with "Housework"; and Marlo Thomas with "Ladies First".

Totally magic.

[Arista/Legacy 82876 80313 2]

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There are thousands upon thousands of children's albums out there, but the one that quietly left its mark with more '70s children than perhaps any other album was this disc.Free to Be...You and Mewas a pet project of proud feminist Marlo Thomas (a.k.a. "That Girl"), and it was born--according to the liner notes--by the desire to provide her niece with music "to celebrate who she was and who she could be." Harry Belafonte sings "Parents Are People," ex-football great Rosie Grier offers an incredible, touching melody titled "It's All Right to Cry," and Diana Ross waxes future-positive on "When We Grow Up." A great hour of brain food for young--and not-so-young--children.--Denise Sheppard
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Label: Arista
Artist: Marlo Thomas
Release Date: May 9, 2006

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