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Beethoven's Wig

SING-ALONG CD ADDS LYRICS TO LUDWIG

September 28, 2002

SING-ALONG CD ADDS LYRICS TO LUDWIG
The big kids are back at school, so that means the Aaron Carter and A-Teens CDs can be taken out of the family's minivan. That's the good news.

The bad news is the youngest children - the ones too young for school but definitely old enough to have an opinion - want to hear their music now.

"Beethoven's Wig'' (Rounder Records) - Three stars

Richard Perlmutter has created a fun, sing-along collection of songs, set to the work of master composers. The silly, clever lyrics appeal to younger listeners (and will amuse their parents). For example, "Can you can can?'' set to "Can Can'' by Jacques Offenbach is a frenetic ode to dancing, Paris-style. In the title track (set to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony), Perlmutter explains, "Beethoven's Wig/ is very big.'' Following the 11 sing-along symphonies are orchestral versions of each shortened song. The only fault listeners will find with the CD is that once you've heard how very big Beethoven's wig is (as well as lyrics in the 10 other classics), it'll be hard to hear the original works again without the words running through your head.

by Chris J. Parker, Los Angeles Daily News

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