I think this album has been redone with celebrities reading the stories, but this is the one I grew up with. The stories here are read by Marvin Miller, and while you may not recognize the name I think the voice will sound familiar to you. He did narration for a number of movies and cartoons, as well as being the voice of Robby the Robot in the movie "Forbidden Planet". Miller does a super job of "Fox in Socks", first doing a regular version of the story, then a fast version. Boy howdy, does he tear through it! (And the album makes sure to mention that "there were no recording tricks or gimmicks used in this recording.") He does good with the classic "Green Eggs and Ham" too. I'm not sure which Dr. Seuss book has the story "The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga", but Miller does great on that one as well.
I was reading the back cover to find interesting facts to include here, and found this interesting tidbit about this recording of "Green Eggs and Ham": "The story of 'Sam' is accompanied by two American jazzmen of international fame -- drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Chuck Berghofer -- who improvised the interesting musical line children and adults will find hypnotizing." I have to admit it was pretty cool!
Hope you enjoy this!
Here's the track list:
- Fox in Socks
- Fox in Socks (fast version)
- Green Eggs and Ham
- The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga