here’s what the mummy bloggers had to say about Toybox ..
Toybox; a really fab Childrens music CD
What would you say if you got offered the chance to review a kids CD which featured the voice of Sophie Barker from Zero Seven and producer KK who has worked with Bjork and Brian Eno? It’s a no brainer, for any of you in your mid thirties at least. Zero Seven provided the soundtrack to my trip across Australia, and they still provide the soundtrack to much of my life now. I jumped at the chance and I am really glad I did.
Toybox, the second CD from Rainbow Collections is great. Despite the fact that its a selection of classic nursery rhymes it is so different to any other selection of nursery rhymes you will ever hear. It’s a brilliant CD, without a doubt the absolute best kids nursery rhyme CD that I have EVER heard. It really is really really really good. There are a few songs that I would actually chose to listen to it alone without the kids. A bit like Tim Burton meets nursery rhymes. Not only is is a refreshing change to hear a voice that you actually recognise signing nursery rhymes, but also to get a nursery rhyme CD which is just so well produced.
Music is one of the joy’s of my life and I have to admit I have found it a challenge to find music which isn’t adult for the kids to enjoy with me. We have regular music and singing sessions with shakers, drums and even a ukulele. We have our infamous bedtime disco’s and its a pleasure to encourage the children to sing along. Apparently all these things are very important for child development.
This is a properly produced, enjoyable, well thought out CD of children’s songs and nursery rhymes. It is a pleasure to listen to it with the children and I am really grateful for it. I am going to buy the first CD ‘Lullaby’ and I cannot recommend this one highly enough. The CD comes in its own little book with all the words and lovely illustrations. If you would like to buy it you can get hold of it
Toybox by The Rainbow Collections
What They Say: Our inspiration for creating Toybox was to give children and parents the opportunity to enjoy some beautiful children’s classics that have been ‘lost’ over the years to synthesised arrangements. The incredible response to Lullaby showed us just how much parents are crying out for real music to listen to and enjoy with their children. With Toybox, we wanted to create a fun and uplifting collection of music for playtime – something that mums, dads and children could listen to again and again and get genuine pleasure from.
What We Say: Tilly and Jasper love music… Jasper especially. He immediately bounces along whenever he hears anything tuneful and even enjoys it when I sing to him! I was so excited to be sent this CD to review and put it on as soon as it arrived.
I have previously been put off buying music specifically for the children because it usually makes me grit my teeth and want to turn it off within seconds. Toybox is completely the opposite. The music is beautiful… a collection of classic nursery rhymes and children’s songs that have been arranged with modern twist by the creative geniuses of Sophie Barker (singer of Zero 7 fame) and KK (producer who has worked with many famous artists of the likes of Bjork, Dido and Brian Eno). Just knowing this alone made me want to listen to the CD!
It is a fab CD… there are lots of old familiars on there that I’ve been singing along to, and now I can only hear these new versions in my head whenever I think of them. My particular favourites are Ring A Ring O’ Roses and Hey Diddle Diddle.
We’ve also had Lullaby on every night too… another beautiful CD full of beautifully arranged lullabies and songs perfect for bedtime.
The Verdict: 5/5… Love, love, love it! I’ll definitely be getting the next album, Snowflake, which is out at the beginning of November.
The Supplier: Toybox and the other albums by The Rainbow Collections can be found on Amazon and Play.com
Toybox – album review
From an early age Harriet has loved music, so the Toybox CD was a big hit with her! The CD has a range of nursery rhymes, to suit any mood or time of day and is a great bonus if I fancy half an hour of rest – as I can sit and sing with Harriet, while she giggles and sings along too.
Harriet especially enjoys Old Macdonald and The Grand Old Duke of York, which were on repeat on the five hour car journey we took to Cornwall recently. The Toybox CD is a great distraction for tired or grumpy babies too…!
The full Toybox track listing is:
* Humpty Dumpty
* Ring A Ring O’Roses
* Old Macdonald
* If You’re Happy And You KNow It
* Hickory Dickory Dock
* I’m A Little Teapot
* 1,2,3,4,5 (Once I Caught A Fish Alive)
* Teddy Bears Picnic
* The Grand Old Duke Of York
* Ten Green Bottles
* Hey Diddle Diddle
* London Bridge
* This Old Man
* It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
All these classic nursery rhymes included on Toybox showcase the unique and enchanting sound created by the Grammy nominated voice of Zero 7, Sophie Barker and KK (Producer for Bjork, Dido & Brian Eno). The sound is great for adults too – however many times you listen to it!
The album is beautifully packaged, and comes with a hardbacked book crammed full of colourful fun illustrations and lyrics, so you can sing-a-long
Weekend review: Toybox
Toybox is available now from Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and HMV.
here’s just a sample of what Amazon customers had to say about our first Rainbow Collections album ‘Lullaby’…
MY LITTLE GIRL FALLS ASLEEP TO IT EVERY NIGHT AND I AM AMAZED THAT AT 2 YEARS OLD SHE CAN SING LOTS OF THE SONGS ON IT.
“I downloaded this collection of lullabies for my two month old baby to help her sleep. It is a lovely collection of classic lullabies, sung by a soothing British female singer. We often play the lullabies at bathtime and sing along! The only downside of the collection is that there are one or two nursery rhymes spoken randomly between the lullabies and these are quite abrupt and wake up our sleepy baby! Therefore, i would advise to remove these tracks if you want to use the collection to send a little one to sleep!”
“My baby loves this CD and I can play it in the car or bedroom. Very soothing and relaxing. Has lullabys you can hum along to”
“i have an 18 month old who ALWAYS cried before going off to sleep at night – sometimes for 2 minutes, sometimes for 20. since playing this cd softly as she gets ready for bed – starting just 8-9 days ago…she hasnt cried once! The habit is broken! hooray! i was worried the cd would be irritating – as so many of them are – but it is just gentle with a womans soft voice both singing and narrating. i would recommend this to any parent who would enjoy a calmer bedtime experience!”
“I bought this on the other recommendations and was not disappointed, bought for 18 month old – but would be good for older or younger. Soothing is the appropriate description and works a treat. All the old favourites and the final track is simply wonderful, works in bed and car – drivers beware!”
“I play this cd for my daughter every night. It relaxes her and she falls asleep with it very quickly (don’t think she’s ever heard the last few songs…). The voice of Sophie combined with the mellow music makes this a very soothing cd. I’d recommend it to everyone!!!”
“This is the second time I have bought this cd. The reason? We have worn it out! My baby boy has loved it as have his Mummy and Daddy. Amazing, perfection and an absolute must buy for the night time routine.”
“I bought this for my grandchildren and the feed back I’ve been given is excellent. My 2 year old grandson goes to sleep much sooner when listening to this so it has to be great! He’s not easy to put to bed and I bought this hoping it would help and it has.”
“This CD is wonderfully soothing and calming not just for babies and small children but for adults too. A great collection of songs that we all know and love with great music to go with it. A great asset for the bedroom to get the little ones to sleep and one of those cds you don’t mind having in the background in the car or anywhere for that matter unlike some of the others which can be quite annoying sometimes! A fantastic buy would recommend to anyone with young children.”
“I just wanted to add to the list of favourable feedbacks just how lovely this album is. If you are looking for a simply beautiful music cd to play to your little cherubs then this is one not to be missed. Quite simply, you will never regret making this purchase, and no, I am not on commission! Just wanted to pass on this little piece of ‘wonderfulness!'”
“We wanted something that wouldn’t great with us while soothing our baby who had forgotten how to fall asleep herself, and this is just the job. Knowing Sophie Barker’s voice from Zero 7 was enough incentive to buy this, and the songs do not disappoint. A couple (the names escape me now – it could be Baa Baa Black Sheep) has an almost epic instrumental far beyond the nursery rhyme we all know. Basically, it’s all good – great soothing voice and excellent musical accompaniment. Oh, and it calms down our baby girl who loves it too! Recommended.”
“I bought this for my little girl when she was approx 6months old – have played it nearly every night for nearly 5 months and still not fed up with hearing it! Good collection of songs and nicely put together. Would definately recommend this to anyone looking for a bedtime cd for their little one.”
“I’ve struggled to settle my 10 week old daughter for weeks but this cd is a miracle. She falls asleep within 3 or 4 songs – and so do I!! Really lovely music and gentle voice – not your typical lullaby CD. It’s like chillout music for babies! I think I enjoy it as much as my baby. I’d highly reccommend it to any new parents – and have done already!”
“My 14-week old daughter and I listen to this every single evening as I bathe her and feed her to sleep. It is very soothing and has some beautiful songs on it that you wouldn’t find on other nursery rhyme CDs.”
“I’m not sure I can say anything that hasn’t already been said about this lovely CD. The music is spellbinding and sends me and my baby off to sleep during her last feed before bed! Worth every penny and I will definitely be buying more for pregnant friends. Highly recommended!”
“We have used this as part of our bedtime routine since our son was 6weeks old. He is now 8months and he still loves it.Its a job for me too stay awake to be honest during the goodnight feed its that good.
Ive bought 3 so far as presents and they are all going strong! ”
“Excellent service (arrived two days earlier) and CD which includes a book with the lyrics. Heard it twice myself and both times almost fell asleep towards the last couple of songs! It also includes some read nursery rhymes! Very complete and I will definitely be buying the second volume!”
“The strength of this CD is in the beautiful arrangements, each lullaby is a refreshing retake on the versions we had heard before. Our baby boy is only just starting out with the CD but even in this short space of time we had already got fed up of several other nursery music CDs. Its a brilliant collection of songs that payoff time and again. Beautiful music for our beautiful boy, highly recommended. ”
“This CD is genius. We played it before putting our little boy to bed at 7pm, every night from when he was born. He’s now 9 months old and it never fails to send him to sleep. I’ve heard it hundreds of time and still find it lovely. Highly recommended.”
“Both my baby boy & myself for that matter, enjoy this CD very much. It never fails to send him off to sleep. The singer has a lovely voice that doesn’t get on your nerves like other CD’s do after a while. I would highly recommend it to any parent.”
“We use this CD every night as part of our little one’s bedtime routine. We bought it based upon the Amazon reviews and haven’t been disappointed. My husband is notoriously critical and cynical, yet he enjoys this CD – we both find the singing very relaxing and the musical arrangements are well put together. The music is not invasive or annoying despite the fact we have now listened to it approx 40 times. A lot of thought has obviously gone into the production of it. Our little one is instantly soothed by it. She cries as we take her clothes off for the bath, but as soon as Twinkle Twinkle starts…she quietens down. Amazing.
AFter little one’s bath, I also have a bath whilst my husband does the last feed of the day, and I actually enjoy listening to this as I have a nice relaxing soak! – how many children’s music CDs can you say that about?! A great product and highly recommended to use in your child’s wind-down. Good for parents too 🙂 ”
“This CD is wonderfull. I’ve had the CD for nearly a year now and my daughter is now approaching her 2nd birthday. I play it every night as part of her bedtime routine. The vocals are beautiful and the songs very endearing – row your boat being my absolute favourite. I have listened to it countless times, often falling asleep to it myself on the floor in my daughter’s bedroom! She loves it to and lunges for the CD at bedtime and says ‘mucis’ (‘music’ to her!!) I would recommend this to anyone and am going to buy a copy for my friend who’s just about to have her 1st baby. ”
“I’m exceptionally pleased with this purchase. The CD is very enjoyable and for those Mums and Dads who don’t know many nursery rhymes the book that comes with it lists all the words which is just perfect.”
“Our baby boy is only 4 months, but this CD helps us all to fall asleep ! Great selection of songs, perfectly arranged and beautifully sung – very very soothing vocals and musical arrangement. I am sure this CD will get lots & lots of use in the years ahead. As some reviewers have mentioned, 1 or 2 of the “voiced” lullabies are a bit jaring and do not sit quite so easily on this CD as the vast majority of the tracks. However, this reason is not enough to not recommend this CD. Usually Baby and I are fast asleep by the time the last track ends. Priceless !”
“I felt I must write a review as I have been playing this CD to my 16 week old baby boy, since he was about 4 weeks old. I absolutely love Sophie Barkers voice (if your a fan of Zero 7 then you’ll love this CD) and the lullabies are just beautifully sung. It is part of his bed time routine and we are lucky if we get to Silent Night…”
“This CD is just the most gorgeous, relaxing and chilled music for babies and children. Sung by the girl from zero 7, it’s a ‘cool’ alternative to some of the cheesy and really annoying CD’s for kids out there. You can play this over and over, and never get at all annoyed! It’s a brilliant present for new babies – makes a change from clothes! I buy these in bulk and post them off to friends whenever a new baby arrives. The dads also love it – my husband is really into his music, and he loves this. Only problem is, it’s far more likely to send you to sleep than your baby…”