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Frankie Smith: Children of Tomorrow [WMOT, 1981]
"Double Dutch Bus" having mixed Wolfman Jack, ghetto pig Latin, kiddie chorus, and a critique of Philadelphia's municipal transportation system into a long overdue great-grandchild of Shirley Ellis's "The Name Game," the title announces Smith's reluctance to jump rope for an entire album. But the recurring little synthesizer part makes you doubt his strength of purpose, and the title tune makes you regret it. Despite a welcome slizang lesson and other modest diversions, buy the twelve-inch. B-