Hoyt Axton

Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog

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Hoyt Axton's award-winning children's album Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog flew under the radar of most of his adult fans. The 13-song set is recommended for children ages 3-9 but is so broadly appealing that anyone with an interest in Axton's music is likely to enjoy it. The songs mainly concern kid-friendly topics such as animals and food, but in many cases are drawn from popular music and are not strictly for children. Axton's recordings of "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "Big Rock Candy Mountain," and a remake of his own "Joy to the World" (referenced in the album title) are rendered with excellent performances and high production values. The tone is not very different from that of the albums he released on his own Jeremiah label in the last decades of his recording career, with a preponderance of cover songs and a few whimsical originals. Many of the songs are tried-and-true children's favorites, but the less obvious selections show Axton to be a perceptive maker of children's music. It's a shame that Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog was his sole foray into the field.

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