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Scotland

Alex Campbell

Alex Campbell: Stories and Songs about Food

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  • Stories and Songs about Food
    • 1964 - (Decca) Vocalion VL 73728 LP
  • Let's Learn About Food …
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  • Side One
    1. Welcome to the Kitchen
    2. The Sandwich Story
    3. Buying and Baking
    4. Muffins and Manners
    5. Truffles and Trifles
    6. Sugar and Molasses
  • Side Two
    1. Cabbages and Things
    2. Potatoes
    3. Blackbird Pie
    4. Eating Elsewhere
    5. The Pushcart Peddlers

  • Credits
    • FIONA JAMIESON as Charlotte, with Alex Campbell, Joe Locker and The Children's Hour Singers.

Sleeve Notes

A Note to Parents: Here is the wonderful story of food — a subject of eternal fascination to children (and grownups, too!). Charlotte, who holds forth as narrator and Queen of the Kitchen in this recording, has a wealth of anecdotes, facts, tips and songs about good things to eat. She explains where most of our food comes from, and tells us much about such things as how cheese is made, how bees produce honey, and how sandwiches came to be invented.

Charlotte is also interested in the utensils we use at the table. She has some fine tales about table manners in bygone days, and the way our ancestors arrived at the idea of forks and spoons! Best of all, she has songs to illustrate her subject that will set everyone's toes to tapping. Charlotte — that is, Fiona Jamieson — sings many of these fine melodies herself as she bustles about in her well-equipped kitchen, preparing stews, pies and desserts. Peanuts and roast beef vie for our attention; Charlotte has songs about both. We hear about "Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley" and discover that "The Farmer is the Man Who Feeds Us All." The Shortnin' Bread classic may be found here, together with the one about the Muffin Man. Charlotte knows, too, about Curly Locks, the lucky girl who got to eat strawberries, sugar and cream for dessert; about the legendary Big Rock Candy Mountain; about picking potatoes in the paw-paw patch, and about making sugar and molasses for Liza Jane.

There are other lively songs about baking, cooking and eating food of all sorts. "Green Corn" is an authentic American folksong you'll never forget after you've heard it here, and equally memorable is Miss Jamieson's haunting performance of "Raisins and Almonds," an old lullabye. For children of all ages, "Let's Learn about Food" is an exciting introduction to the facts behind the good things they get to eat every day. It helps them appreciate what nature's bounty and man's art contrive to set before us at the dinner table.

The mainstay of this production, Fiona Jamieson, is a young actress and singing star from Lexington, Kentucky, who has made many recordings, broadcasts and appearances on stage and television. Like Charlotte and many of her friends, Miss Jamieson is herself an ardent and accomplished cook who loves to work around the kitchen. Among the other voices heard in this production are those of Alex Campbell, one of the leading folksingers of our day, of the balladeer Joe Locker, and of the distinguished baritone, Robert Douglas. The material was written by children's author Paul R. Krause in collaboration with the writing-and-music team of Mary Tobias and Irving Miller.

et's Learn About Food, a Magic World of Sound educational recording. Starring Fiona Jamieson as Charlotte, with Alex Campbell, Joe Locker and The Children's Hour Singers. What is included with your purchase? The original vinyl release of this album, as well as a bonus CD transfer (which is included at no additional cost). This professional transfer, a legal reproduction by law, will contain track numbers just like any regular compact disc would have, along with sound quality far beyond what you would expect from a vinyl source. Condition: The record is in excellent condition! The jacket is in good condition. Vinyl collectors: If the condition of the vinyl or jacket is a high concern of yours, please contact me for exact details before bidding. Also note, the artwork which accompanies this listing is a STOCK PHOTO and may differ from the actual item. Track Listing: 1. Welcome To The Kitchen 2. The Sandwich Story 3. Buying And Baking 4. Muffins And Manners 5. Truffles And Trifles 6. Sugar And Molasses 7. Cabbages And Things 8. Potatoes 9. Blackbird Pie 10. Eating Elsewhere 11. The Pushcart Peddlers The songs and narrative are very sweetly done. Click below to listen to some samples: Welcome to my spic and span kitchen! Paw Paw Patch: Is it weird that I love that there's a section on cheesemaking? An excerpt from the album sleeve reveals some interesting imformation about the performers: “The maintstay of this production, Fiona Jamieson, is a young actress and singing star from Lexington, Kentucky, who has made many recordings, broadcasts and appearances on stage and television…” “….Miss Jamieson is herself an ardent and accomplished cook who loves to work around the kitchen. Among the other voices heard in this production are those of Alex Campbell, one of the leading folksingers of our day, of the balladeer Joe Locker, and of the distinguished baritone, Robert Douglas. The material was written by children's author Paul R. Krause in collaboration with the writing-and-music team of Mary Tobias and Irving Miller. Like all Magic World of Sound recordings, this adventure in listening was supervised by a group of experts and consultants in the field of education.” One of my favorite things on the sleeve is where it describes Miss Jamieson's performance of a song called Raisins and Almonds as “haunting”. More info: Album Title: LET'S LEARN ABOUT FOOD Produced by The Magic World of Sound, Inc. Educational Audio Publishers for Children, Louisville, Kentucky. Cover drawing by Norman Lichtblau. Copyright 1961, The Magic World of Sound, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A.