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GROWING UP WITH ELLA JENKINS

Growing Up With Ella Jenkins


Ella Jenkins is a dependable performer for delivering intelligent, high-quality folk-based children's music. That's what she does with acoustic guitar, ukulele, and banjo in this set, sometimes relying on just chanting and handclapping. It was recorded at the Mary Crane Center in Chicago and originally issued in 1976, with Guy Guilbert adding some instrumentation and vocals. From a musical standpoint, it might rate as one of her less enjoyable recordings, not due to her own work but some attributes of the performance that might occasionally irritate listeners (albeit primarily adults, rather than the kids toward whom this is aimed). There's a good amount of enthusiastic but discordant singing by the children in the audience, who in fact carry the whole vocal performance on "Farmer Brown Had Ten Green Apples." The insistent kazoos of "Show Me" are also a lot more fun to play than to hear, and one might also say that of the squeaky mouse effects on a few numbers. It's nice, admittedly, to hear mice described in a positive light rather than as pests in the 32-second "I Think Mice Are Rather Nice." Still, these tunes are easy to assimilate and sing, and well done by the performer, though some are on the extremely elementary level (with repeated phrases aplenty), closer to the lower range of the three- to nine-year-olds who serve as the album's target audience. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • UPC: 093074503225
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Track listings

  • 1. Neighborhood Is A Friendly Place, A
  • 2. Greeting And Farewell Song
  • 3. Names
  • 4. I Got A Job
  • 5. I'm Changing
  • 6. Big Bigger Biggest (With Children)
  • 7. Big Bigger Biggest (Guy And Ella)
  • 8. Ten Green Bottles
  • 9. Farmer Brown Had Ten Green Apples
  • 10. Show Me
  • 11. I Wonder Who's Outside My Door
  • 12. Barnacle Bill The Sailor
  • 13. Sailor Went To Sea, A
  • 14. Sea Shell Poem From My Granpa, A
  • 15. Swinging In The Grapevine Swing
  • 16. Little Orphan Annie
  • 17. Inside And Outside
  • 18. Hickory Dickory Dock
  • 19. I Think Mice Are Rather Nice
  • 20. Shake Hands With Friends
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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