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The Way-Out Record for Children
Studio album by
Bruce Haack
Released 1968
Recorded 1967
Length 39:08
Label Dimension 5
Bruce Haack chronology
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The Way-Out Record for Children is the fourth album of children's music by Canadian electronic musician Bruce Haack with his collaborator Esther Nelson. It was recorded in 1967 and released in 1968 by their record label Dimension 5, and was the fourth in a series of children's records they created together with Ted Pandel. The album, like its predecessors in the series, contains a set of songs, stories, dances and other activities for young children to engage with, in order to enrich their learning development, and features an array of disparate musical styles.

Whereas previous albums in the series featured Haack's innovative, homemade electronic instruments, the music on The Way-Out Record for Children emphases this approach greatly, with repetitious, rhythmic electronic backdrops. Upon its release, the record was commercially unsuccessful but received acclaim from newspaper journalists, and was recommended in several 1970s guides to children's education. After Haack's work received renewed interest in the decades after his 1988 death, the album received acclaim from critics who highlighted the album's electronic experimentation, unlikely psychedelic musical style and status as outsider music. The album has been re-released on several occasions.

Track listing

All songs written by Bruce Haack.

Side one

  1. "Introduction" – 0:34
  2. "Motorcycle Ride" – 3:11
  3. "Medieval Dancing" – 3:04
  4. "School for Robots" – 2:21
  5. "Mudra" – 6:12
  6. "Accents" – 2:41
  7. "Rubberbands" – 2:16

Side two

  1. "The Saucer's Apprentice" – 6:24
  2. "Encore"– 2:18
  3. "Four Seasons" – 5:21
  4. "Tools" – 3:51
  5. "Nothing to Do" – 1:13


  • Bruce Haack – writing, vocals, performer
  • Miss Nelson – performer
  • Harry Spiridakis – performer
  • Mara Sokolsky – performer
  • Praxitéles Pandel – performer
  • Risa Sokolsky – performer
  • Tony Spiridakis – performer
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