The Wiggles’ New Hits Compilation Will Appeal To The Group’s Longtime Fans

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The Wiggles is celebrating another milestone this year.  The group is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  Having formed originally in 1991, the group has gone through some lineup and label changes all the while releasing approximately 55 studio recordings and nine compilation records.  Now Friday, the band released its 10th compilation record in celebration of its 30th anniversary.  The 40-song (yes, 40) compilation, titled We’re All Fruit Salad!: Greatest Hits proves a fitting way to celebrate the moment.  That is due in large part to the recording’s extensive body.  This will be addressed shortly.  The record’s sequencing adds another layer of appeal to its presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s average price point, considering its overall content, rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of the compilation.  All things considered, they make We’re All Fruit Salad!: Greatest Hits a surefire hit for longtime fans of The Wiggles.

The Wiggles’ latest compilation record is an interesting addition to the group’s already extensive catalog.  That is because the record, released Friday through ABC Music, itself is such an extensive presentation in terms of its songs.  The record features 40 songs, spanning a total run time of approximately 80 minutes (one hour, 20 minutes).  The songs cover relatively well, the band’s catalog of approximately 55 (yes, 55) albums.  It reaches all the way back to the group’s 1991 debut album with songs, such as ‘Get Ready to Wiggle’ (which opened that record and ironically this compilation, too), ‘Dorothy The   Dinosaur,’ and ‘Rock-a-bye Your Bear.’  It also pulls from the band’s 1994 album Yummy Yummy a little later in its run by pulling that record’s song, ‘The Monkey Dance.’  The record even reaches into 2013’s Taking Off! with ‘Do The Propeller’ and its most recent record, 2020’s Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car! with that album’s title track.  There are so many songs featured here as well as albums.  The bigger picture is this:  the compilation’s extensive body is the richest display of the group’s body of work to date.  To that end, the record’s featured songs no doubt give audiences more than enough reason to be happy.  They are collectively just one item that makes the recording successful.  The compilation’s sequencing adds to the record’s appeal in its own way.

The sequencing of The Wiggles’ new compilation is important to address because it ensures the various stylistic approaches to the band’s songs will themselves keep listeners engaged and entertained.  ‘Get Ready to Wiggle,’ the record’s opener, gives listeners a touch of big band swing.  The record immediately thereafter changes things up in ‘Rock-a-Bye Your Bear’ what with its polka-style approach.  The record goes in a rockabilly   direction immediately after in ‘Hot Potato.’  The constant changes don’t stop there.  ‘Fruit Salad,’ which immediately follows ‘Hot Potato’ takes listeners back to the 80s while ‘Dorothy The Dinosaur’ is more of a country rock style work.  As if all of those changes are not enough, the old time Dixieland style of ‘Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep on His Pirate Ship’ changes things up even more later in the record.  It’s one more example of how the record’s sequencing plays such an important part to the compilation’s presentation.  It shows yet more that from song to song, the recording’s stylistic changes avoid any monotony, thus ensuring even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment throughout.  It is just one more part of the whole that makes this recording work so well.  Considering the overall content featured in this recording and its sequencing, those elements will leave listeners feeling good about the money they spent on the collection.  Speaking of that money, it – the average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The average price point of The Wiggles’ new compilation is $12.44.  That number is obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Target, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  It was not listed at Walmart, Best Buy, or Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s posting.  Attempts to find the compilation through The Wiggles’ official website store were unsuccessful.  Target’s listing of $10.99 is the only one of the three that does not exceed that price point.  Amazon lists the record at $12.98 while Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price of $13.36 is the most expensive listing.   Even while only one of the record’s listings is below the average price point, the fact of the matter is that the compilation’s listings are all below the $20 mark.  To that end, the record will not break anyone’s budget.  Keeping that in mind, the record’s price proves to be its own positive.  When it is considered along with the record’s content and its sequencing, that whole makes the recording in whole another positive presentation that any fan of The Wiggles will enjoy.

The Wiggles’ latest hits compilation is a successful new offering from the longtime family entertainment act.  That is due in part to its featured songs.  The songs in question pull from a wide swatch of the group’s catalog, reaching all the way back to its self-titled 1991 debut album and all the way up to its most recent album and from points in-between.  The sequencing of those songs ensures the stylistic approach to the songs remains ever-changing, and that the record never stays too long on just one of the group’s records.  The compilation’s average price point and separate listings are all below the $20 mark.  That means that the collection’s price will not break any listener’s budget.  Considering the collection’s content and sequencing, it brings everything full circle, completing the record’s presentation.   Keeping all of this in mind, the collection in whole proves its appeal to any fan of The Wiggles.  It is available now.

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The Wiggles’ 55th Album Reminds Audiences Why The Group Remains An Elite Family Entertainment Act

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Veteran family entertainment act The Wiggles has been bringing smiles to families’ faces for almost 30 years.  That’s thanks to the group’s TV show, its DVDs, its stage show and its CDs.  Through all of its lineup changes that the band has gone through during that time, it has not missed a step, keeping audiences entertained around the world and cementing its place in the family entertainment world.  Now this week, the group continued to cement its place in the family entertainment realm with its new album Choo Choo Trains, Propellor Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car!  The album is a presentation that is sure to appeal to parents and their pre-k age children.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements, which will be addressed shortly.  The album’s overarching lyrical theme also plays into its success.  It will be discussed a little later.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered, they make this latest musical offering from The Wiggles more proof of why the group remains one of the most revered names in the family entertainment world.

The Wiggles’ latest album Choo Choo Trains, Propellor Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car!  (the band’s 55th album) is yet another reminder of why this group – which has existed for just under 30 years – is one of the most well-known and respected acts in the family entertainment world.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  The album’s musical arrangements are diverse to say the least.  The album’s opener/title track exhibits a distinct classic disco funk sound that is certain to appeal to plenty of much older listeners, what with its horns, guitar and steady beat.  ‘Trains Rolling Down The Track,’ the album’s second song, changes things up immediately with its classic bluegrass arrangement.  ‘Watching The Planes,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another stark departure for listeners with its simple, acoustic, folk approach.  ‘Zoo be Do Dee’ is another changeup for listeners with its classic 1960s sound.  There is even a touch of surf rock for fans of that genre in ‘Paddlin’ Australia.’  Between this arrangement, the others noted here and all of the album’s other arrangements, the arrangements in total give listeners of all ages plenty to appreciate.  It is just one part of what makes the album a success for The Wiggles.  The album’s overall lyrical theme also plays into its success.

The central lyrical theme of The Wiggles’ new LP is straight forward.  It focuses on the various forms of transportation that exist.  From trains to planes to even canoes and rockets and more, the album takes on lots of different kinds of transportation.  For all of the songs that center on the topic of transportation, they are not the only songs.  The group does also focus on personal hygiene and “social distancing” in response to everything going on in the world right now.  Again, the songs are very simple in their themes.  So they will connect easily to younger listeners, especially those in the pre-k range.  This is something that parents will appreciate.  It educates the noted listeners about lots of stuff within a set constraint while also entertaining them with musical arrangements that will appeal to their older counterparts just as much as them.  To that end, the album proves that much more of a success for the group.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing presented in The Wiggles’ new album plays its own part in the record’s success because it takes the album’s musical and lyrical content into account and shifts things around just enough to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  As noted, the album opens with a very distinct old school disco/funk style arrangement, and then gives way to a bluegrass arrangement, which is the polar opposite of the arrangement in the album’s opener.  As the album enters its third song, the arrangement turns more toward a zydeco style arrangement, once again keeping things fresh for listeners.  The bluegrass approach continues in the song’s fourth entry, ‘Moose in the Caboose’ before giving way to the already noted surf rock sound of ‘Paddlin’ Australia.’  The classic country vibe of ‘Big, Big Heart’ and classic funk arrangement in ‘Rocket Ship’ continues to keep the album’s musical side fresh and unique even longer.  The same can be said of the rest of the album’s songs.  The arrangements present so much diversity and change up constantly throughout the album, ensuring in their own right, that noted sustained engagement and entertainment.  Along with the album’s sequencing in its overarching lyrical theme, the record’s lyrical sequencing adds even more to that noted success.

The overarching lyrical theme of The Wiggles’ new album is again, that of transportation.  It starts with songs about trains, and then moves to water transportation, and from there to space travel in its first quarter or so before breaking up the mix with a song about so-called “social distancing.”  A song about an emu (yes, an emu) keeps things interesting for a bit long before the album moves into a whole section about air flight.  As the album nears its end, The Wiggles even pay respect to people in wheelchairs with a song that plays on the classic song ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and changes things up for a work titled, ‘The Wheels on the Wheelchair Go Round and Round.’  This is not only another discussion on a unique form of transportation, but also a paying of respect to people who use wheelchairs.  The group is to be highly commended for this.  From that point, the album’s final tracks go lyrically move from the transportation theme and into other random topics.  Those topics will keep young listeners’ ears just as much as the rest of the album’s works.  All things considered, a close listen to this album shows that just as much thought went into its sequencing as its content.  That thought paid off, because when it is considered along with the album’s content, all three elements join to make the album another example of why The Wiggles remain to this day one of the family entertainment world’s most respected acts.

The Wiggles’ new album Choo Choo Trains, Propellor Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car!  is a positive offering from the group that is certain to keep its young target listeners engaged and entertained throughout from start to end.  It will also appeal to a wide range of older listeners thanks to its musical arrangements, which collectively make up just one of the album’s key elements.  Its lyrical themes will connect with ease to four and five year-old audiences. The sequencing of all of that content puts the final touch to the album, proving the album is just as much a success for its aesthetics as for its content.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered, they make the 23-song record one more candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family music albums.  It is available now.

More information on The Wiggles’ new album is available along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://TheWiggles.com.au

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The Wiggles Releases Its Latest LP Friday

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Famed family entertainment act The Wiggles will release its latest album this week

The group is scheduled to release its new record Choo Choo TrainsPropellor PlanesToot Toot Chugga Chugga Bid Red Chair Friday through ABC (Australian).  The 23-song record features songs about all forms of transportation, as its title notes.  it is the band’s 55th (yes, 55th) album.

Band member Emma Wiggles talked about the album in a recent interview, noting she hoped it would connect with young listeners.

“Today, more than ever, children need a release for all their creative energy, and we hope this album will have the young listener dancing, singing and using their imagination to go traveling,” she said.

Along with songs about transportation, The Wiggles’ new album also encourages social distancing and hand washing in their own effort to help battle the spread of COVID-19.

Select videos for songs from the band’s new album will appear on the band’s official YouTube channel weekly.

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Website: http://TheWiggles.com.au

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Page’s New Holiday LP Will Have Listeners Of All Ages Wiggling With Holiday Cheer

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Courtesy: Yellow Entertainment

Greg Page is one of the most iconic figures in the world of children’s music and entertainment. One of the original members of the beloved children’s entertainment group The Wiggles, Page rose to fame as the original “Yellow Wiggle.” He spent roughly fifteen years with the world-renowned group until his retirement in 2006 due to health compilations. While he might have stepped out of the limelight his career did not end. He released his second solo album Let It Be Me in 2012 and even rejoined his fellow entertainers in The Wiggles for a few months before bowing out once more in mid-2012 and proceeding to join the cast of the children’s program Butterscotch’s Playground, which he helped develop alongside the show’s creators. Now in 2015, Page’s fans will be happy to know that next month, he will release another new album, an album of Christmas tunes called Here Comes Christmas. The album will be released November 24th. The hour-long, twenty-six track record is an interesting addition to the annual barrage of cookie cutter Christmas albums. That is because over the course of those songs, most of which are covers of traditional Christmas carols, Page breaks the all too rigid mold created by so many mainstream pop stars in their holiday offerings. This will be discussed at more length shortly. It is just one reason that young listeners will enjoy this recording. Another reason that audiences (including older audiences) will enjoy Page’s new record is his trio of new compositions that open the record. They collectively serve as the compilation’s anchor. The reason for that will be discussed at more length later. Last but not least worth noting of the new record is the inclusion of a handful of songs from the new Butterscotch’s Playground DVD to round out the CD. The songs are not Christmas-themed compositions, obviously. But parents and children alike will still agree on their enjoyment. That in mind, the inclusion of those songs alongside Page’s own original holiday-themed works and his re-workings of the more well-known carols makes a record that in whole proves to be an enjoyable new collection of holiday tunes for the whole family.

Here Comes Christmas is a welcome and enjoyable new collection of holiday-themed songs that listeners of all ages will enjoy. Regardless of age, listeners in whole will agree that it is a welcome break from the cookie cutter holiday covers albums that are churned out every year by all the mainstream pop artists. The main reason that it is such a welcome change of pace is that the nineteen covers featured among the album’s twenty-six total songs feature arrangements of those classic holiday tunes that have rarely if ever been crafted before by artists of any genre. Page has taken, in those songs, works that are commonly aimed at audiences of all ages and directly aimed them at his younger listeners. That is evident through the songs’ arrangements both stylistically speaking and in regards to their instrumental makeups. ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,’ the first of the album’s covers is a prime example of this. Speaking in terms of the song’s stylistic approach, Page approaches it with something of an over-the-top delivery that one might expect from a children’s educational DVD. Of course it makes sense being that Page is a trained educator. A side by side comparison of Page’s take on the song and the original reveals the drastic stylistic change. The song’ apparent wholly synthesized instrumentation shows even more what sets the song apart from the original composition and its many different mainstream renditions. That synthesized instrumentation includes horns, strings, and bells among other instruments. Much the same can be said of Page’s rendition of ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Frosty The Snowman.’ For all of the kid-friendly arrangements featured among Page’s nineteen total overs, it would be unfair to say that they are all so directly aimed at his younger audiences. His take on ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ conjures thoughts of The Brian Setzer Orchestra while the his take on ‘I Saw Three Ships’ actually does generate something of a sea shanty sound thanks to Page’s vocal delivery while the doo-wop vibe presented in the song’s verses gives a wholly different sound within itself. That it could present two wholly different sounds in one song and still be entertaining speaks volumes. Perhaps most surprising of the covers is the full on re-imagining of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ Page has replaced all of the traditional gifts presented in the original composition and replaced them with animals, including goldfish in the place of gold rings, a goat on the first day (whose milk is used to make cheese), and horses among many others. It becomes a virtual farmyard full of holiday gifts that will surprise listeners just as much as it will entertain them. It is just one more example of why the covers featured in Page’s new holiday record do plenty to make this collection an interesting (and surprisingly welcome) break from the standard model used by so many other artists. The noted covers alongside those not noted make for plenty of reason for listeners of all ages to check out this record. They are only part of the reason that families will want to check out this record, too. The original compositions that open the record give listeners just as much reason to give it a chance.

The classic holiday covers that make up the majority of Page’s new record make for plenty of reason for audiences of all ages to check out this new compilation. They are just part of the reason that listeners will want to give the record a chance, though. The original compositions that open the disc are collectively another reason that listeners of all ages will enjoy Page’s latest collection of songs. That is because all three of the songs are more clearly aimed at the whole family than Page’s young audiences alone. Ironically the first of the songs, the album’s title track is sung from the vantage point of a child. He sings against the happy sounds of the song’s guitars, bells, drums, and keyboards, “We’ve waited all this year/Seems so long it’s been away/We hope we’ve made his list/So we see him Christmas Day/With every moment/The time is drawing near/And soon we know it/The yuletide will be here.” The excitement of the children on Christmas Day is just as expertly translated both musically and lyrically through the sudden burst of joyful energy exuded just before the chorus and the chorus itself. On another note, the more poppy sound of ‘Christmas Bells’ is just as enjoyable alongside its lyrical content, which celebrates the annual ringing of the Christmas bells. If those two songs are not enough for listeners, then the celebratory calypso-tinged dance sound of ‘It’s Christmas’ is sure to get listeners of all ages dancing, singing, and smiling. All three songs set against Page’s extensive collection of covers makes Here Comes Christmas even more interesting of a listen for anyone wanting a break from the same old same old holiday music collections. Even taken into consideration together, all twenty-two songs are still not all that makes this record so interesting. The bonus songs included at the record’s end in themselves give listeners a break from getting worn out on holiday cheer.

Here Comes Christmas features a grand total of twenty-two holiday tunes throughout the body of its hour-long run time. For all of the holiday cheer that the songs in question offer listeners, they are not the only songs featured in this record. In an apparent effort to keep from overwhelming listeners with that holiday cheer Page has also included four bonus songs from the new Butterscotch’s Playground DVD. None of the songs have any link to the holidays whatsoever. ‘Everybody Dance’ is self-explanatory. It is a fun, celebratory piece that is certain to get young listeners moving around. ‘At The Fire Station’ plays on children’s fascination with all things fire station-related. ‘Knead It’ is just as self-explanatory as is ‘Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go.’ Each of the bonus compositions is enjoyable in its own right. And after the expansive amount of holiday cheer spread across the majority of Page’s new record, it can’t be denied that they are just as much of a welcome break in their own right. They bar listeners from feeling overwhelmed with holiday cheer, which is never a bad thing. Taking this into account, these four songs set alongside the rest of the album’s compositions make Here Comes Christmas a record that is in whole one of the more interesting and welcome of this year’s annual crop of musical holiday offerings.

Here Comes Christmas is one of the more interesting and welcome of this year’s crop of musical holiday offerings. For that matter, it is one of the more interesting and welcome musical holiday offerings in recent memory. That is because it balances a handful of original compositions aimed at audiences of all ages with an expansive and original collection of covers aimed mainly at younger audiences for an experience that is sure to get listeners of all ages well into the holiday spirit. The bonus non-holiday compositions that round out the record will keep listeners from feeling overwhelmed with holiday cheer by bringing listeners back to Earth so to speak. The combination of all twenty-six songs makes the hour-long musical experience that is Here Comes Christmas a record that every family will want to have in their household this holiday season. It will be available in stores and online on November 24th. More information on this and other recordings from Greg Page is available online now along with all of Greg’s latest news at:

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The Wiggles Big Birthday Is A Fun Party For Parents And Kids

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The arena of children’s entertainment is very fickle.  It seems that the networks dedicated to children’s programming have new shows every year.  Save for the likes of Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, few elements of children’s programming have had what could be considered long lasting success.  There is at least one that has.  It’s The Wiggles.

The Wiggles is one of the most beloved and successful acts in children’s entertainment.  This Aussie four piece has sold millions of albums and DVD’s worldwide.  It’s performed in dozens of nations and even impacted some of pop culture’s biggest names.  Now in celebration of all of its accomplishments, The Wiggles has released its 20th birthday celebration on DVD.

The Wiggles Big Birthday is one part concert and one part studio bits separating the live concert segments.  Those segments include Wiggly Joke Time and Wiggly Bloopers.  There are also segments featuring Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword.  One of those segments that kids and parents alike will enjoy sees Captain Feathersword pretending to be a ballerina.  He even has a tutu.  The DVD’s concert segments are enjoyable in their own way, too.  One individual interviewed for the DVD’s bonus documentary put it best about The Wiggles.  He notes that whether in concert or in the studio segments, The Wiggles’ members don’t talk down to their young audiences.  Rather the group as a whole comes out and entertains kids on their own level.  That some of the group’s members have backgrounds in Early Childhood Education and as pre-school teachers is a big reason why The Wiggles relate so well to kids even two decades into the group’s career.

Speaking of the bonus documentary, the bonus documentary is especially of interest to parents.  Kudos to The Wiggles and Ncircle Entertainment for nothing that as brief as it may be, there is one moment involving the death of a child that might upset younger viewers.  Other than that brief moment, the documentary is a wonderful addition to this DVD.  It gives a full in-depth history of The Wiggles’ career.  Parents will learn, for instance, that the current lineup of The Wiggles is not the original lineup.  Before the Wiggles got to where it is now, two of the group’s members were replaced for different reasons.   Parents will also discover the impact that The Wiggles have had on so many celebrities across the world of pop culture.  Combined with the family friendly concert and studio segments, The Wiggles Big Birthday is a party that kids and parents alike will love to celebrate together again and again.

The Wiggles Big Birthday is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered from Ncircle’s website directly at http://www.ncircleentertainment.com.  Parents and kids can follow The Wiggles online, too at http://www.facebook.com/thewiggles, http://www.wiggletime.com, and http://www.thewiggles.com.

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