Tunes Children Can Bop To
Lively recordings to enrich youngsters' listening experience
Music by Alan Menken.
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
Walt Disney Records.
Performed and produced
by Los Lobos, with Lalo Guerrero.
Music for Little People.
IN the world of children's music, ''Pocahontas'' is the reigning queen. But the briskly selling Disney soundtrack is just one of several recent offerings that parents should consider for the family-recordings shelf.
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The music for ''Pocahontas'' is the first collaboration by longtime Disney composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Although their robust songs aren't quite as catchy as those of previous Disney hits, such as ''The Little Mermaid'' and ''The Lion King,'' they are in keeping with the movie's messages of racial tolerance and environmental awareness.
Highlights are the energetic ''Just Around the River Bend'' and the soft ballad ''Colors of the Wind'' (both the movie version and the Vanessa Williams rendition). Since more than half of the soundtrack is instrumentals, younger listeners might prefer the ''sing-along'' cassette, which contains only songs with lyrics.
Weighing in with a surprisingly good soundtrack is ''Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie'' (on Atlantic). While better suited to older children, this eclectic mix features music from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s by major recording artists like Devo, Van Halen, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album also includes the Power Rangers Orchestra (who else?) doing the theme song ''Go, Go Power Rangers,'' and a punchy ditty called ''Trouble'' by British newcomers Shampoo.