Various Artists

All Aboard..."The Runaway Train" -- Classic Tunes & Tales to Grow Up With

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This odd little gem from the quirky Jasmine label is less goofy and toddler-oriented that one would think. All Aboard..."The Runaway Train" -- Classic Tunes & Tales to Grow Up With features 17 cuts culled from the heydays of the silver screen, radio, and gramophone, including pieces from Burl Ives, Shirley Temple, Bing Crosby, and the voice of Looney Tunes, the inimitable Mel Blanc. The sound quality varies, as many of the tracks are from the late '20s and early '30s, but as pieces of nostalgia these nuggets from the pre-television and Internet eras are charming artifacts of imagination, nostalgia, and whimsy.

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