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Barney's Great Adventure: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album
Released March 31, 1998
Recorded 1997
Studio Bastyr University (Seattle, Washington)
O Henry Studios (Burbank, California)
Studio X
(Seattle, Washington)[1]
Length 54:17
Label Lyrick
Produced by Sheryl Leach (exec.)
Dennis DeShazer (exec.)
Jan Rhees (exec. music)
Jerry Herman
Mark Goldenberg
Jane Siberry
Fred Mollin[2]
Jennifer Warnes
Peabo Bryson
Shane Keister
Joseph Phillips
Ricky Lawson, Sr.[3]
Barney chronology
Preceded by
Las Canciones de Barney
Followed by
Barney's Sing Along: Halloween Party
Barney studio album chronology
Preceded by
Happy Holidays Love, Barney
Followed by
I Love to Sing with Barney

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 1, 1998 being distributed under the music division of Lyrick Studios.

The soundtrack was soon re-released by Koch Records and HIT Entertainment on July 27, 2004. 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 co-creator, also encouraged him to write this song.

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"
(performed by Bernadette Peters)
Jerry Herman Herman 3:13
2. "Imagine"
(performed by Barney, Abby, Marcella and Cody)
David Friedman • Barbara Rothstein Lyrick Studios 2:56
3. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
(performed by Grandpa)
Leo Friedman • Beth Slater Whitson Lyrick 0:51
4. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (Reprise)
(performed by Valerie Carter with background vocals by Linda Ronstadt)
Leo Friedman • Whitson Valerie Carter • Mark Goldenberg 3:14
5. "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
(performed by Barney, Abby and Marcella)
Traditional Lyrick 1:20
6. "If You're Happy and You Know It"
(performed by Barney)
Traditional Lyrick 2:38
7. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
(performed by Johnny Van Zandt)
Traditional Shane Keister 2:19
8. "Count the Stars"
(performed by Roberta Flack)
Joseph PhillipsC. Russell RiddleJoyce D. Slocum Keister 2:34
9. "Who's Inside It?"
(performed by Barney, Abby, Marcella, Cody and Miss Goldfinch)
René Dupéré • Michael Sinelnikoff Lyrick 3:08
10. "All the Pretty Ponies"
(performed by Jane Siberry)
Traditional Jane Siberry 1:42
11. "If All the Raindrops"
(performed by Peabo Bryson)
Traditional Keister 2:50
12. "Frère Jacques"
(performed by Jennifer Rush)
Traditional Keister 3:05
13. "We're Gonna Find a Way"
(performed by Barney, Abby, Marcella and Cody)
David Friedman • Rothstein Lyrick 2:02
14. "You Can"
(performed by Jennifer Warnes)
Chrys Atwood • Steve Ferguson Fred Mollin • Jennifer Warnes 1:48
15. "Dream (Twinken's Tune)"
(performed by Peabo Bryson)
Essra Mohawk Peabo Bryson 4:15
16. "Let's Sing All the Way Home"
(performed by Jennifer Warnes)
Atwood • Ferguson Mollin • Warnes 1:54
17. "You Can Do Anything"
(performed by Stephen Bishop)
Stephen Bishop • Jeff Jones Lyrick 2:46
18. "Rainbows Follow the Rain"
(performed by Colin Boyd)
Colin Boyd • Tim Clott Phillips • Jan Rhees 3:00
19. "Lavender's Blue"
(performed by Jane Siberry)
Traditional Siberry 2:55
20. "Goodnight"
(performed by Shenna Easton)
David Bernard Wolf Keister 2:57
21. "I Love You (Extended Version)"
(performed by 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

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 was 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

Promo

See Also

References


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English Studio albums Barney's Favorites, Volume 1Barney's Favorites, Volume 2Barney's Sleepytime Songs
Run, Jump, Skip and SingBarney's Big Surprise! Live on StageHappy Holidays Love, Barney
Barney's Great Adventure: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackI Love to Sing with Barney
Barney's A Great Day for LearningBarney For Baby: Love and LullabiesBarney Rocks!
Start Singing With BarneyThe Barney BoogieBarney's Colorful World! LIVE!
The Land of Make-BelieveLet's Go to the BeachLet's Go to the Farm
Perfectly Platinum: 30 Dino-Mite Songs
Barney Live in Concert - Birthday Bash!: Original Cast Recording
Compilations Barney's Greatest Hits: The Early Years
Other releases Songs in the Key of PurpleSuper-Dee-Duper SongsDino-Tunes
Personalized Sing Along with Barney & FriendsMusic for Me!
Cassettes Barney's Sing Along: In Outer SpaceBarney's Sing Along: Halloween Party
Barney's Great Adventure Sing AlongBarney's Sing Along: Night Before Christmas
Spanish Las Canciones de BarneyLas Canciones de Barney 2La Gran Sorpresa de Barney
Feliz Navidad con Amor BarneyVamos Juntos a CantarEl Castillo Musical de Barney
Te Quiero Lo Mejor de BarneyA Dormir con BarneyBarney Rocks! (En Español!)
Corre, Brinca, Salta y CantaUn Gran Día para AprenderBarney y su Mundo de Colores
El Parque Musical de Barney y Sus AmigosJuguemos a Cantar con BarneyEl Barney BoogieCantemos con Barney
German Barney's LieblingsliederBarney's Insel der Fantasien
Hebrew Hashirim Shel BarneyYom Huledet SameachYadayim Lemala Al Harosh
Portuguese As Músicas Favoritas - Vol. 1As Músicas Favoritas - Vol. 2Vamos Fazer Música
Other Tributo a BarniBaniwa Chingudeul Theme Song CollectionEk hoor musiek... van vroeg tot laat
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