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Barney's Great Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a soundtrack with songs from and inspired by 1998 film Barney's Great Adventure and is Barney's seventh US album. It was released on March 31, 1998 being distributed under the music dgivision of Lyrick Studios. It was the first US Barney album to not be under the Barney Music Label.

The same year of the album's release, it commercially went on to peak at #136 on Billboard 200 during the week of April 25, 1998[4] making it Barney's fourth and final album to hit the chart.

Unlike previous and future Barney albums, it features a star-studded cast such as such as Bernadette Peters, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Jeffrey Osborne, Valerie Carter, Linda Ronstadt, Roberta Flack, George Hearn, Jennifer Rush, Take 6, Johnny Van Zant, Jennifer Warnes and the young Latina sensation, Gina.[5][6]

Background

Discussions for the film's musical approach had been thought about for a while. Joyce D. Slocum, the senior VP of legal and business affairs for Lyrick Studios at the time, viewed a mother singing "I Love You" to her child when taking a walk in the park. Slocum questioned as to why the song was beloved by children and yet hated by everyone else. To avoid ridicule, the thought would be to create "new songs for Barney's voice and get new voices for Barney's songs." David Helfant, Los-Angeles-based music attorney, helped spread the word to pop artists that the upcoming Barney film was looking for guest artists.

The composition for the film's title song came after hearing about a playdate that Jerry Herman's granddaughter had with a stuffed Barney doll. Herman watched as Barney opened up a world of imagination to his granddaughter. Sheryl Leach, Barney's creator, also encouraged him to write this song.

Release

This soundtrack was occasionally bundled with the CD sampler Songs in the Key of Purple during the year of its release. The soundtrack was soon re-released by Koch Records and HIT Entertainment on July 27, 2004

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 1.5/5 stars

At AllMusic, Ross Boissoneau rated the album one and a half stars out of five, saying that Barney's Great Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is "bloated" and features "overblown arrangements". He stated that the arrangements "don't serve the big purple dinosaur well."[7]


Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Barney - The Song"
(Bernadette Peters)
Jerry Herman Herman 3:13
2. "Imagine"
(Barney, Abby, Marcella and Cody)
David Friedman • Barbara Rothstein Lyrick Studios 2:56
3. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
(Grandpa Greenfield)
Leo Friedman • Beth Slater Whitson Lyrick 0:51
4. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (Reprise)
(Valerie Carter with background vocals by Linda Ronstadt)
Leo Friedman • Whitson Valerie Carter • Mark Goldenberg 3:14
5. "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
(Barney, Abby and Marcella)
Traditional Lyrick 1:20
6. "If You're Happy and You Know It"
(Barney)
Traditional Lyrick 2:38
7. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
(Johnny Van Zandt)
Traditional Shane Keister 2:19
8. "Count the Stars"
(Roberta Flack)
Joseph PhillipsC. Russell RiddleJoyce D. Slocum Keister 2:34
9. "Who's Inside It?"
(Barney, Abby, Marcella, Cody and Miss Goldfinch)
René Dupéré • Michael Sinelnikoff Lyrick 3:08
10. "All The Pretty Little Ponies"
(Jane Siberry)
Traditional Jane Siberry 1:42
11. "If All the Raindrops"
(Peabo Bryson)
Traditional Keister 2:50
12. "Frère Jacques"
(Jennifer Rush)
Traditional Keister 3:05
13. "We're Gonna Find a Way"
(Barney, Abby, Marcella and Cody)
David Friedman • Rothstein Lyrick 2:02
14. "You Can"
(Jennifer Warnes)
Chrys Atwood • Steve Ferguson Fred Mollin • Jennifer Warnes 1:48
15. "Dream (Twinken's Tune)"
(Peabo Bryson)
Essra Mohawk Peabo Bryson 4:15
16. "Let's Sing All the Way Home"
(Jennifer Warnes)
Atwood • Ferguson Mollin • Warnes 1:54
17. "You Can Do Anything"
(Stephen Bishop)
Stephen Bishop • Jeff Jones Lyrick 2:46
18. "Rainbows Follow the Rain"
(Colin Boyd)
Colin Boyd • Tim Clott Phillips • Jan Rhees 3:00
19. "Lavender's Blue"
(Jane Siberry)
Traditional Siberry 2:55
20. "Goodnight"
(Shenna Easton)
David Bernard Wolf Keister 2:57
21. "I Love You (Extended Version)"
(Take 6, First AME Choir of Los Angeles, Sheena Easton, Gina and Jeffrey Osborne)
Traditional • Lee BernsteinPhillipsRiddleSlocum Ricky Lawson, Sr • Rhees 2:50
Total length: 54:17

Personnel

Credits for Barney's Great Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack adapted from AllMusic.

Vocals

  • Bob West — main personnel, vocals, voices (Barney)
  • Diana Rice — main personnel, vocals (Abby)
  • Kyla Pratt — main personnel, vocals (Marcella)
  • Trevor Morgan — main personnel, vocals (Cody)
  • George Hearn — main personnel, vocals (Grandpa)
  • Renee Madeleine Le Guerrier— main personnel, vocals (Mildred Golfinch)
  • Bernadette Peters — vocals
  • Valerie Carter — vocals
  • Johnny Van Zant — vocals
  • Roberta Flack — vocals
  • Jane Siberry — vocals
  • Peabo Bryson — vocals
  • Jennifer Rush — vocals
  • Jennifer Warnes — vocals
  • Stephen Bishop — vocals
  • Colin Boyd — vocals
  • Sheena Easton — vocals
  • Take 6 - vocals
  • First AME Choir of Los Angeles — vocals
  • Gina — vocals
  • Jeffrey Osborne — vocals

Managerial and creative

Production

  • Valerie Carter — audio production, producer
  • Jerry Herman — audio production, producer
  • Shane Keister — audio production, producer
  • Jane Siberry — audio production, producer
  • Jennifer Warnes — audio production, producer

Technical

  • Larry Blank — arranger

Musicians

  • Kevin Bailey — guitar, mandolin
  • Ronny Ellis — bass
  • Scott Moody - keyboards
  • Northwest Sinfonia and Chorus — orchestra
  • Reggie Rueffer — fiddle
  • Derek Spigener — drums

Gallery

Releases

Charts

Chart (1998) Peak Position
US Billboard 200 136

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Various March 31, 1998 Cassette • CD Lyrick
July 27, 2004 CD HIT • Koch

Trivia

  • This soundtrack marks the final US Barney album to be executive produced by Sheryl Leach.
  • Lyrick gave thought into releasing a commercial single for the film. However, it was never known what the song was.

Videos

Promos

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References

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