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Released September 27, 1994
Recorded March–June 1994
Genre Children's, traditional pop, jazz
Length 49:24
Label MCA Records Rounder
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Bananaphone is a popular children's album released by Raffi and Michael Creber in 1994. The album is best known for its title track, which uses puns such as "It's a phone with appeal!" (a peel) and nonce words like "bananular" and "interactive-odular" as Raffi extols the virtues of his unique telephone.

The song "C-A-N-A-D-A" was originally recorded by Stompin' Tom Connors under the title "Cross Canada".

The album was certified Gold by the CRIA in March 2002.

Track listing

  1. "Bananaphone" (Creber, Raffi) 3:12
  2. "Shake a Toe" (Creber, Raffi) 2:20
  3. "The World We Love" (Creber, Raffi) 3:23
  4. "Slow Day" (Creber, Raffi) 3:25
  5. "The Changing Garden of Mr. Bell" (Hubbard, Silversher) 4:07
  6. "Naturally" (Creber, Raffi) 3:04
  7. "Spring Flowers" [instrumental] (Raffi) 2:40
  8. "C-A-N-A-D-A" (Connors) 2:50
  9. "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" (Traditional) 3:25
  10. "First Peoples" (Creber, Raffi) 4:37
  11. "Dee Myth" [instrumental] (Raffi) 2:21
  12. "Cowlit Night" (Raffi) 3:21
  13. "The Gorilla Song" (Knowles, Knowles) 2:10
  14. "Simple Gifts" (Traditional) 2:15
  15. "Down by the Riverside" (Traditional) 3:13
  16. "The Shmenge Polka" [instrumental] (A Tribute to the late John Candy) (Raffi) 2:07

Cover versions

The album's title track has been covered in several different musical genres. Examples include a barbershop version, several heavy metal versions, a dubstep version and a bluegrass/country version by Rhonda Vincent released on the album Sing Along with Putumayo released by Putumayo World Music.

The Chilean children's show Cachureos released a cover of Bananaphone called "Teléfono" on its 1996 album, "La Mosca".

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