Hey, gang! Tony from Way Out Junk again, bringing you another installment of Way Out Wednesday! This week’s selection is from the ABC Children’s Chorus, a group of kids so obscure they don’t even have a Wikipedia entry. (The horror!)
There’s an interesting dichotomy at work on Songs for Children … by Children. Firstly, the liner notes mention that the ABCC is a dozen kids ranging from 9 to 14 who sing just like they would if “they joined voices with the kids around the block.” However, the liner notes also say that some of them have appeared on Broadway and in TV shows and commercials.
The confusion continues when you look at the song selection. Aside from the typical material found on children’s records, there are a couple songs to appease the superhero fans, like the ever popular “Batman Theme” …
… and the not-as-popular “It’s Superman,” from the Broadway musical It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman. (Is that an accordion solo I hear?)
Then things really get crazy. Here’s the Chorus singing along to the wordless Herb Alpert hit “Tijuana Taxi”:
Next is the Al Martino hit “Tears and Roses.” In this song the kids sing about “the good old days when we were still in love.” What good old days? Some of these kids haven’t even reached puberty yet!
And finally, that great children’s song “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”:
For what it’s worth, these kids do sing pretty well, but they don’t sound like professionals. They just sound like they’re all jammed into a studio singing their guts out. If you’d like to hear more selections from this album, you can download it here!