Sandra Boynton

Philadelphia Chickens (Sandra Boynton's Imaginary Musical Revue)

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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 02:51 Amazon
2
feat: Meryl Streep
02:32 Amazon
3 03:22 Amazon
4 03:01 Amazon
5
feat: Laura Linney
02:26 Amazon
6
feat: Eric Stoltz
01:46 Amazon
7
feat: Patti LuPone
02:40 Amazon
8 02:37 Amazon
9 03:33 Amazon
10
feat: Aaaardvarks
02:14 Amazon
11
feat: John Stey
01:55 Amazon
12 02:24 Amazon
13
feat: Kevin Kline
02:02 Amazon
14
feat: Michael Ford
03:06 Amazon
15 00:26 Amazon
16
feat: Beth Andrien
01:27 Amazon
17
feat: Scott Bakula
02:47 Amazon
18
feat: Adam Bryant
02:21 Amazon
19 01:23 Amazon
20 03:10 Amazon
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