Blue Suede Shoes: Elvis Songs for Kids

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A fun album for kids, but Elvis purists beware.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that children can discover 12 rock and roll classics with these fun renditions of hits such as "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel." Kids can easily learn the songs' melodies and harmonies, and may soon find themselves singing and dancing along.

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What's the story?

BLUE SUEDE SHOES: ELVIS SONGS FOR KIDS brings Elvis Presley's music to new generations of young listeners -- presented to them by an ensemble of their peers. The lead singers and ensemble are mostly kids, with a few exceptions (most notably, the humorous apparition of Elvis at the end of "We're Gonna Move"). Elvis purists may not appreciate having their favorites reinterpreted and rearranged, but some kids are bound to prefer the more contemporary approach on this album.

Is it any good?

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While the quality of musicianship remains strong throughout the album, some of the young performers aren't quite up to the challenge of conveying Elvis's distinctive vocal style: Weak delivery and limited range in "All Shook Up" and "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" mar an otherwise fun recording.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the rhythm of the songs and how it lends itself to clapping along (for younger children) or creating counter-rhythms (for older children); "We're Gonna Move" and "Baby, Let's Play House" provide complex patterns to improvise from or emulate.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:September 5, 2000
Label:Music for Little People
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byjazzyjammrz April 9, 2008
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Makes fun of Elvis!

Pathetic remakes of really good songs. Elvis would not be happy. Elvis Presley was a great singer and this album pokes fun at him. Disrespectful!

Parent of an infant, 1, 1, and 2 year old Written byTheTruthTeller April 9, 2008
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absoulute disaster!! I am horrified

What is this, a bunch of garbage is what it is, i am one of the biggest elvis fan, memorized almost all of his songs(with exception to his gospel songs because there is so many!)But what is so bad at letting the kids listen to the king? nothing at all bad in his masterpieces, disgracing his name in such a manner makes me want to up-chuck. I belive that elvis should be heard from the original way not retarded kid singing it, THIS IS NOT KIDZ BOB, for crist sake, dont mess with the king,

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