Signature Series: Wish Upon a Star

Reader's Digest Children's Treasury

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Signature Series: Wish Upon a Star Review

by Heather Phares

Despite its modern cover art, Reader's Digest's Signature Series: Wish Upon a Star collects some relatively old recordings of film and television favorites like "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," and "Do-Re-Mi." These are performed by the Fireside Children's Chorus, whose soft, mature vocal stylings sound pretty different than the brighter, louder singing on many current children's records. Joe Reisman & His Chorus and Orchestra contribute "When You Wish Upon a Star," while James Walker & His Chorus and Orchestra perform "Seventy-Six Trombones." There's nothing wrong with the fact that these recordings are somewhat older; indeed, they might remind parents or parents-to-be of the children's albums they grew up with. It's just that anyone expecting Signature Series: Wish Upon a Star to sound like a VeggieTales or Wiggles album will be in for a surprise.

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