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Free to Be... a Family (album)

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Released 1988
Format LP
Label A&M Records
Cat no. SP 5196

Free to Be... a Family, the 1988 sequel to 1973's Free to be...You and Me, is a concept album produced by Marlo Thomas and Christopher Cerf. The album consists entirely of material adapted from the book of the same name. These selections include stories, poems, and songs written by Cerf, Sarah Durkee, Norman Stiles, Mark Saltzman, and Paul Jacobs, among others. Kermit the Frog appears, joining Thomas on "Something for Everyone" and singing "On My Pond" (which was also featured in the book).

Jerry Nelson is featured on the non-Muppet story track "Another Cinderella" by Norman Stiles. Other celebrities who contributed to the book narrate their own pieces, such as Whoopi Goldberg and the Fat Boys. Christopher Reeve played Superman (and Superboy) in a tale by Mark Saltzman (with Mike Nichols and Elaine May as Pa and Ma Kent), while Lily Tomlin played her Edith Anne character.

Track listing

  1. Free to Be... a Family - Melody Maker
  2. Boy Meets Girl...Again - Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas
  3. Something for Everyone - Marlo Thomas, Kermit the Frog and the Muppets
  4. Some Things Don't Make Any Sense at All - Steve Martin
  5. It's Not My Fault - Soul Asylum
  6. And That's the Truth - Part 1 - Lily Tomlin
  7. I'm Never Afraid (to Say What's on My Mind) - Bonnie Raitt
  8. Doris Knows Everything - Whoopi Goldberg
  9. Jimmy Says - Pat Benatar
  10. The Day Dad Made Toast - Robin Williams
  11. Thank Someone - Amy Grant & John Hiatt
  12. Yourself Belongs to You - The Fat Boys
  13. And Superboy Makes 3 - Christopher Reeve, Elaine May, Mike Nichols, and Phil Donahue
  14. Friendly Neighborhood - Marlo Thomas
  15. Crowded Tub - Gilda Radner
  16. On My Pond - Kermit the Frog & Muppets
  17. And That's the Truth - Part 2 - Lily Tomlin
  18. The Stupid Song - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  19. Another Cinderella - Marlo Thomas, Bea Arthur, Jane Curtin and Gilda Radner (with Jerry Nelson)
  20. The Turn of the Tide - Carly Simon

Other releases

  • CS 5196 (A&M cassette)
  • CD 5196 (A&M CD)

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