Rockabye Baby!

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Series of rock songs rejiggered to calm your kid.

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What parents need to know

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Consumerism

Nothing obvious, except promotion of other CDs in the series -- fair enough.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the CDs in this gentle, soothing series have no lyrics. Instead, they feature instrumental versions of songs by popular bands -- from Led Zeppelin to The Cure -- arranged for maximum snooze-ability. (Note: Even though our ratings system recommends media titles for kids older than 2 years old, this series is best for little ones under 2.)

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What's the story?

The ROCKABYE BABY! series features more than a dozen lullaby CDs, with others constantly on the way. The concept is simple: Songs by such groups as Nirvana, Tool, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and the Beach Boys are given new-agey, instrumental arrangements featuring the interplay of the glockenspiel, vibraphone, and mellotron -- instruments not immediately associated with rock. The concept, of course, is more for the benefit of rocker parents than their sleepy kids, as the songs end up sounding more alike than you'd think without their familiar screeching guitar solos, lyrical hooks, or vocal harmonies.

Is it any good?

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The good thing is that the result -- probably due to the unusual choice of instruments -- produces sounds that bump the songs many notches above traditional monotone elevator music. Arrangements are warm and spacious, and live up to their lullaby billing with remarkable musical consistency. Performer/arranger Michael Armstrong, though not the most imaginative producer, has his finger firmly on the pulse of what puts people to sleep. For similar ambiance with a little more musical oomph, you might want to try some "adult" new age musical greats; George Winston comes to mind.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can use these CDs to lull their kids to sleep. Older siblings can listen as background music when they're drawing, doing a puzzle, or getting ready to go to bed.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:October 31, 2006
Label:Baby Rock Records
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byFloydclaptonblues April 9, 2008
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Some awesome stuff for your kids!

With renditions of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, it will open your children up to the classic age of rock and roll. They pick very mellow songs so it doesn't scare your baby. It is just outstanding!
Parent of an infant and 4 year old Written byals920 February 19, 2011
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A break from the standard lullabies!

Adult Written bypathus April 9, 2008
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I am amazed by the ability of this to reach all ages and be entertaing

I am always loooking for something that all my grandchildren,can enjoy,with the wide age range from 6mos.-12yrs. this is a winner! the older children can listen while doing homework or just to chill,and the younger children can listen as well,while at this time they are ready for bed and they will go to sleep.

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