Sandra Boynton

Philadelphia Chickens (Sandra Boynton's Imaginary Musical Revue)

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

Sandra Boynton and Michael Ford's second album, Philadelphia Chickens, is the soundtrack to an "imaginary musical revue" that features the vocal talents of Meryl Streep, Laura Linney, Natasha Richardson, and Boynton's children, among others. Like Boynton and Ford's debut album, Rhinoceros Tap, Philadelphia Chickens' musical touchstone is the sound of classic show tunes, and the duo and its (mostly) all-star cast make the most of it, beginning with the A Chorus Line-like intro, "Cows," sung by the Seldom Herd. Streep's witty "Nobody Understands Me" emphasizes that this album is more grown-up-sounding than Rhinoceros Tap, even though it's still well within the realm of children's music. Songs like Keith Boynton's "Be Like a Duck," Patti LuPone's "I Like to Fuss," Michael Ford's "Those Dinosaur Blues," and Eric Stoltz's appropriately cuddly "Snuggle Puppy" -- which Boynton later turned into a children's book -- keep the album young at heart. Scott Bakula's "Pig Island," Kevin Kline's "Busy Busy Busy," and Adam Bryant's "Pajama Time" are other standout tracks from this Grammy-nominated album, which truly has appeal for all ages.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Philadelphia Chickens, musical revue
1 Sandra Boynton feat: The Seldom Herd 02:51 Amazon
2 Sandra Boynton feat: Meryl Streep 02:32 Amazon
3 Sandra Boynton feat: The Bacon Brothers 03:22 Amazon
4 Sandra Boynton feat: Keith Boynton 03:01 Amazon
5 Sandra Boynton feat: Laura Linney 02:26 Amazon
6 Sandra Boynton feat: Eric Stoltz 01:46 Amazon
7 Sandra Boynton feat: Patti LuPone 02:40 Amazon
8 Sandra Boynton feat: The Bacon Brothers 02:37 Amazon
9 Sandra Boynton feat: Caitlin McEwan 03:33 Amazon
10 Sandra Boynton feat: Aaaardvarks 02:14 Amazon
11 Sandra Boynton feat: John Stey 01:55 Amazon
12 Sandra Boynton feat: The Heath Sisters 02:24 Amazon
13 Sandra Boynton feat: Kevin Kline 02:02 Amazon
14 Sandra Boynton feat: Michael Ford 03:06 Amazon
15 Sandra Boynton feat: Darcy Boynton 00:26 Amazon
16 Sandra Boynton feat: Beth Andrien 01:27 Amazon
17 Sandra Boynton feat: Scott Bakula 02:47 Amazon
18 Sandra Boynton feat: Adam Bryant 02:21 Amazon
19 Sandra Boynton feat: Natasha Richardson 01:23 Amazon
20 Sandra Boynton 03:10 Amazon
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