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House Party

by Dan Zanes and Friends

Contains the song "house party time" as heard on noggin. This hour long collection includes guest performances by Philip Glass, Deborah Harry, David Jones, Angelique Kidjo
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. House Party Time
3:04 album only
2. Wabash Cannonball (with Bob Weir)
3:40 album only
3. Queremos Bailar (with Barbara Brousal)
2:47 album only
4. Hop Up Ladies
2:36 album only
5. Washington At Valley Forge
2:35 album only
6. Jamaica Farewell 9with Angelique Kidjo)
3:14 album only
7. Tankoh-Bushi (with Yoshi Waki)
0:59 album only
8. Down In The Valley (with Father Goose & Dandelion Chorus
3:40 album only
9. Walzing Matilda (with Deborah Harry)
3:18 album only
10. West Indian Counting Song (with Aggie Decaul & Courin Gibb
0:59 album only
11. Sunny Old Sun
2:53 album only
12. Tennessee Wig Walk
2:22 album only
13. Shining Star
2:04 album only
14. How Do You Do? (with David Jones)
2:39 album only
15. Daniel In The Den (with Donald Saaf)
3:00 album only
16. Surrounded By Friendship (with Cynthia Hopkins)
2:40 album only
17. Old Joe Clark (with Rankin' Don aka Father Goose)
4:01 album only
18. Hey Little Red Bird
2:39 album only
19. We Shall Not Be Moved
2:52 album only
20. A Place For Us (with Philip Glass)
6:33 album only


Album Notes
Like other Dan Zanes and Friends albums, the recently Grammy nominated House Party was made in Dan's home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, where people regularly drop in, tune up, and head down to the basement to record.

It was meant to be completed during a January-February break in touring, but winter became spring, the friends kept showing up, and the tape kept rolling.

The outcome is an hour-long, 20-song tribute to communal music-making and the most sonically diverse example yet of what the Village Voice has called "Basement Tapes for kids."

Dan and Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir reinterpret the railroad classic "Wabash Cannonball"

Angelique Kidjo sings a favorite from her childhood, the Harry Belafonte hit "Jamaica Farewell"

English folksinger David Jones updates the music hall tune, "How Do You Do?"

Debbie Harry joins a fiddle-filled version of the Australian standard "Waltzing Matilda"

Philip Glass plays a portable Billhorn Brothers pump organ on the six-minute original "A Place for Us."

In addition to playing in the live band, several longtime friends are in the mix.

Barbara Brousal's "Queremos Bailar" is a spirited, Spanish-language call to

Cynthia Hopkins, also of the group Gloria Deluxe, leads her accordion-laced "Surrounded by Friendship," and upright bass player Yoshi Waki brings in the Japanese coal miner tune "Tankoh-Bushi."

Rankin' Don (a.k.a. Father Goose), Donald Saaf and the Rubí Theater Company all make triumphant returns.

Once the lead singer of roots rock band The Del Fuegos, Dan has found his calling creating truly age-desegregated 21st century folk music.

Since he founded Festival Five Records in 1999, the label has released one highly acclaimed, handmade recording each year. The first was the groundbreaking Rocket Ship Beach (2000), followed by Family Dance (2001) and, most recently, Night Time! (2002).

The albums feature a broad range of collaborators-from Sheryl Crow to Lou Reed, Aimee Mann to Sandra Bernhard, Loudon Wainwright III to John Doe-and rank among the top-selling family music CDs.



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Heather Brand

My son, 15 months, loves it and so do I. It's not often I find music that we both enjoy, but this one is great.

Pendleton/Cronin Family

Great, our son adds to his Dan Zanes collection
This CD has great tunes and fun dancing music.


Man this cd rocks, I want to go to that house party.
It sparks our imagination,and reminds us of things we somtimes forget! I enjoyed explaining we shall not be moved
for my Daughter.Thanks Dan& friends....For keeping it real!

Mary Connally

Our new favorite CD!
This was the first Dan Zanes cd we've purchased. My three year old son and 13 month old daughter just love the title song House Party. We sing, dance, and laugh to it every single day. I intend to purchase every single cd Dan has made, he's truly an inspiration to children and adults alike!

I also want to mention that I justlove Barbara's voice!

Nicole Pierce

Great, fun, dance party of a CD
This is the first Dan Zanes CD we bought and then we had to buy every one we could get our hands on for ourselves and our friends. Waltzing Matilda is our 4-year-old's personal favorite, while my favorite is Hey LIttle Red Bird writen by Mr. Zanes himself. Everyone will love this CD, parents and kids and the whole darned family!

Jennifer Baldwin

My daughter Emma and I are THRILLED with the 2 DAN ZANES CDs. We can't stop dan
The songs on the CD's are great for children and for the parents that have to listen to them EVERY DAY!!! We have so much fun dancing and singing together, and I even got my daughter's 9 and 11 year old cousins grooving along! I will be quickly working to get all of the Dan Zanes CDs for my daughter - what a special collection they will be for her!

Thanks So Much!
Jennifer Baldwin

Kimball Mullins

A great CD
You know it's a great kids CD when you listen and sing along when your kids aren't even with you! We also have Night Time and just ordered Rocket Ship Beach. Our library copy of Rocket Ship Beach needs to go back and we decided that we'll all miss the Father Goose song too much. Can't wait for it's arrival.
Thanks to the whole group and all the artists who collaborated on this.
Oh, and we loved the Seattle, WA show as well. A great time was had by all. Thanks.


wonderful cd for kids and adults!
my boys and i love this cd! we love to watch dan on disney too. the music has a wonderful folksy quality. i am a huge fan!

becky tyler

students-shake, rattle & roll!
I use this & many Dan Zanes' cds in my classroom-the kids LOVE House Party especially! Not at all the typical kid type music-so lively & exciting!
This is must have for parents & educators of young children.

Rhonda on Long Island

WOW! This is an awesome CD! I read reviews about it in a parenting magazine, then checked it out online and fell in love with it. Deadheads rejoice; this is one you can enjoy with the little guys! My only wish.....I need the lyrics to Queremos Bailar!!! It's one of our favorites! Love it love it love it, can't say enough good stuff about this rockin' CD!
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