Really Rosie: Original TV Soundtrack Recording

Carole King. Lyrics by Maurice Sendak
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Carole King
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EK 65742
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1975, 1999
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Short Review: 
Unforgettable music by Carole King, and irresistible words by Maurice Sendak make this soundtrack recording from the animated feature film Really Rosie one of the best children’s albums of all time.
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Featuring music composed and performed by Carole King and lyrics by Maurice Sendak, this original soundtrack to the animated feature film Really Rosie (shown on TV in the 1970s) is one of the best children’s albums of all time. Written and drawn by Sendak, the film revolves around young Rosie, a “tough, talented street kid”, a supremely self-confident, imaginative dreamer, and director of all activity on the Brooklyn sidewalks of Avenue P, who transforms her “simple humble neighborhood” into a movie set – “In dreams it seems / I always see Avenue P / As it ought to be - / In a four star movie / Directed by me / And starring, of course, / Yours truly, / Rosie.” The 11 songs in this musical extravaganza all come from Rosie’s fertile imagination, including “Really Rosie” (“I’m Really Rosie / And I’m Rosie Real. / You better believe me / I’m a great bid deal!”), “Screaming and Yelling” (“When everybody screams and yells, / There’s nothing to do! There’s nothing to see! / Who dreams up a place they’d like to be? / The enchanted one / That’s me”), as well as the four titles in Sendak’s Nutshell Library memorably set to music. As Rosie, Carole King counts from 1 to 10 and back again in “One Was Johnny,” romps through the alphabet in “Alligators All Around,” shares the cautionary tale of “Pierre” – the boy who would only say “I don’t care,” and frolics through the months of the year in “Chicken Soup with Rice.” Once you hear King’s renditions of these four tales, you’ll never to be able to read them without singing them. With King on piano and vocals, the music is grounded firmly in the 60’s (or the 70s that we think of as the 60s) – there are even Jimi Hendrix-style guitar riffs in “The Awful Truth!” But this classic recording is timeless. It will have the whole family singing along, and kids will want to hear it over and over again – luckily, so will you!

Lauren Mayer