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Songs from the Street Boxed Set

Boo, get off the stage!

Phillip Chapman (August 29, 2003) - Celebrating 35 years of music, Legacy and Sony Wonder have teamed with Sesame Workshop to create the “Ultimate Sesame Street Musical Collection”. Even through all the changes on the Street, great music from all genres and cultures has always been a constant. From “Rubber Duckie” on Billboard’s Top 40 in 1970 to R.E.M.’s 1998 hit, “Furry Happy Monsters”, this set covers the entire spectrum. For at the heart, music entertains and educates like no other medium can.

When this three-disc boxed set was announced a few months ago, fans were quickly speculating what tracks would be included. With 35 years of music, it is a challenge assembling a collection of songs that will reach the broadest range of people: the casual viewer, the nostalgia buff, and the long-time fan (who has everything). Everyone has an idea of what they want included with such a collection, and while every song may not have been your top choice, there are many favorites here no matter what your expectations are for this boxed set.

Order your copy of the Sesame Street boxed set, "Songs From The Street". The collection features the best celebrity and Muppet music from the past 35 years.

The CD collection includes a nice balance of 63 tracks: 31 are cast classics and 32 are celebrity appearances on the show. Unfortunately, of the 31 cast classics, all of them except for one (“Henson King Of Eight”) have previously been released on LP or CD. However, of the 32 celebrity numbers, 25 of them are released on CD for the first time. It would have been nice to have more unreleased cast rarities in a similar proportion as the celebrity tracks. Two different versions of “Sing” and “I Love Trash” are featured. One version of each of these would have allowed more tracks to be included.

From the fan’s point of view, will this collection be a success? The answer is most definitely if you are interested in the celebrity appearances. There are so many memorable superstar moments in this diverse collection. However, if you were hoping for unreleased, non-celebrity classics, this collection may leave you longing for more.

Listening to some of these songs brought back long-forgotten memories of my childhood. As a child of the early 70’s, I was first introduced to the Muppets through Sesame Street. I wore out multiple copies of the very first LP, 1970’s “Sesame Street Book and Record” (later renamed “Sesame Street 1”). Since then, I have always loved Muppet music.

Sesame Street's original cast featured Matt Robinson as Gordon, Loretta Long as Susan, Bob McGrath as Bob, Will Lee as Mr. Hooper, Carrol Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar.
Inside the ten-inch case, the 3 CD's are presented in cardboard slip covers and a 68 page booklet is included. The booklet features black-and-white photos, an overview of the musical history of the show, and extensive liner notes written by the Sesame Street musical director, Chris Cerf. He reflects on many life-changing memories and behind-the-scenes experiences from the musical history of the show. The booklet also includes lyrics and dialogue for every song.

In addition to the extensive liner notes, look for a brief timeline of the series from it's debut through the present day.

Twenty-one tracks are featured on each disc. While the run time ranges from 45-58 minutes, it would have been nice to have at least 25 songs on a CD and see each disc full to it's capacity.

If you are a fan of any Sesame era, there is plenty to enjoy here. This collection and book are worth the $40-$50 street price. But you can judge for yourself. Below are the highlights of every song: including the musical credits, original release information and personal commentary. You can also listen to all the music from the “Songs From The Street” collection on Muppet Central Radio.

The songs of Sesame Street aren’t just for children or a particular generation. They are timeless classics for everyone. Thanks to the talents of Jim Henson and composers Joe Raposo, Jeff Moss and Chris Cerf, the music of Sesame Street will live on for the next thirty-five years.

Disc 1 (Running Time: 45 minutes, 51 seconds)

1. Sesame Street Theme – The Kids (J. Raposo, J. Stone, B. Hart)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

The show’s theme has been recorded numerous times, but included here is the original LP version starring the vocal talents of Lois Winter, Ana Isa Otis, Clyde Otis, Jr., Althea Jackson, Todd Graff, Tom Spiro, Andrea Giglio, and Christine Winter. The same group of kids would also record 1970’s “Somebody Come and Play” and the “Five Song”. I wonder what these guys are doing today. Little did they know that thirty-five years later we would still be listening.

2. ABC-DEF-GHI – Big Bird (J. Raposo, J. Stone)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

While it is nice the original version of “ABC-DEF-GHI” is featured, I wish the opening and closing dialogue between Big Bird, Gordon and Susan would have been included as well. It would have been great to have them welcome us to Sesame Street and hear Gordon say, “Everybody’s going to be here today…” and in this case it really is true.

3. Bein’ Green – Kermit the Frog (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

In 1990 Jim Henson reflected on the first “Bein’ Green” recording. “I remember coming in at two o’clock in the morning ‘cause it was one of those tightened deadlines like you always have. Recording that song in this darkened studio in the wee hours of the morning with Joe standing right in front of me like he would often do, and I’m singing into the microphone, and Joe is mouthing the lyrics.”

When first recorded, the title of this song was only “Green”. It debuted on Sesame Street on March 10, 1970. The finished result is one of the most poignant and profound statements on racial and human differences ever recorded. Lena Horne and Ray Charles would also sing “Bein’ Green” on Sesame Street.

4. Sing – The Kids (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 2 – Original Cast”, 1971

When Joe Raposo originally wrote “Sing” he never expected it to be a Top 40 hit. The Carpenters version of “Sing” would climb to number 3 on the pop charts in 1973. For many of us, the most profound lyric is … “Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing, sing a song.”

5. The Number Five Song – The Kids (J. Raposo, J. Henson)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

Available for the first time on CD, is the LP version of this popular anthem. You may ask, “Where is the baker falling down the stairs?”… It wasn’t edited out of the song. The original LP version did not include the Baker’s closing catastrophe. Jim Henson created these films for the show's first season.

6. Five People In My Family – The Anything Muppets (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

Originally written as “Five Fingers On My Left Hand”, the tune was also adapted to “Five People In My Family”. This is one of the most popular of the early Anything Muppet performances. A book would be released by the same name, and in 1975, the song would be re-written as “Five Monsters In My Family”.

7. People In Your Neighborhood – Bob and The Anything Muppets (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

After recording this song in 1970, Bob McGrath became forever linked with “People In Your Neighborhood”. Featured here is the original LP version with Jim Henson as a postman and Frank Oz as a fireman. In 1970, a rarer version of this song was also recorded and released on the 45 single, “People and Play”. In this version, Frank Oz is a garbage man and Jim Henson is a grocer. “People In Your Neighborhood” would also be released as a book in the early seventies and re-recorded with different neighbors numerous times over the years.

8. Henson King of Eight – Jim Henson (J. Henson, M. Scott, K. Textor)
*Previously unreleased track, 1970

Coincidently, “Henson King of Eight” is the eighth song in this collection. While it is nice to see some unreleased non-celebrity material, with all due respect to Jim and his creative team, I was a little surprised by this choice. Part of the charm of “King of Eight” has always been the puppetry with the accompanying performance. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy it is included here as a nice tribute, but I would have preferred seeing Mahna Mahna’s “Fat Cat”, “A Song From Kermit” or some other unreleased broadcast Henson song in it’s place.

9. Hi-De-Ho Man – Cab Calloway and The Two-Headed Monster (C. Calloway, B. Harding, J. Palmer)
*Previously unreleased track, 1980

Jazz musician, Cab Calloway visits Sesame Street and performs this classic with the Two-Headed Monster and the Muppets. Even though he was in his seventies, Cab's charisma and energy has never been more present.

10. How Do You Do? – Lena Horne and Grover (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “The Stars Come Out on Sesame Street”, 1979

Recorded in 1973 and available on CD for the first time, this is one of the earlier celebrity moments that would run on the program for the next twenty years. Lena and Grover are teaching about social skills in new environments. Notice at the end Lena’s laughter to Grover’s comment that she is a good kisser. This dialogue was edited out of most television broadcasts.

11. Over, Under, Around and Through – Grover (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 2 – Original Cast”, 1971

Frank Oz reflected on performing this song to Joe Raposo lyrics. “Instead of doing clever lyrics or doing something very clever to show off, he allowed the essence to be. That’s probably Joe’s forte with the Muppets. He was able to get right to the heart of things and make it simple and delightful.” Grover’s introductory line, “Hello there! This is Grover, yeah. I am in my room here...”, has been edited out.

12. Ladybugs’ Picnic – Dwayne Wayne (W. Luckey, D. Hadley)
Originally Released: “The Count Counts”, 1975

Instead of using the original broadcast from the program (sung by William Luckey), this collection includes the LP version from 1975’s “The Count Counts” LP. While this is one of my favorite Sesame LP’s of all-time (the Muppet performers sing the best animated bits from the show), some fans may be disappointed that this isn’t the original. Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt do a great job singing vocals none the less.

13. Somebody Come and Play – The Kids (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

Available for the first time on CD, is the original version of the Joe Raposo classic. Listen closely at the end of the song and you will hear Bob McGrath singing background vocals with the children.

14. Jelly Man Kelly – James Taylor and The Kids (J. Taylor, S. Taylor)
*Previously unreleased track, 1979

James Taylor wrote this song exclusively for Sesame Street. While the song was released on the 1980 LP, “In Harmony”, the broadcast version with the kids is included here on CD for the first time. This song was hugely popular, so it’s wonderful that a different version is now available. James Taylor would return to the Street in 1982 to sing “Whenever I See Your Grouchy Face” with Oscar.

15. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel and Oscar the Grouch (B. Joel)
*Previously unreleased track, 1988

A personal favorite, Billy Joel's “Just the Way You Are” was re-written for this special moment on the street. Joel’s soothing vocals are contrasted by Oscar’s reluctance of acceptance. Everyone has “hang ups” that can make us feel like we aren’t accepted, thankfully there are those who will take us just the way we are. "Just the Way You Are" was originally written for Billy Joel's mom.

16. Everybody Sleeps – Joe Raposo (J. Raposo, D. Wilcox)
*Previously unreleased track, 1972

One of Joe Raposo’s most cherished songs is “Everybody Sleeps”. If you think this version is slightly different than what you heard as a child, you are correct. A few years ago, it seems that the Sesame directors found some alternate versions of “Everybody Sleeps” and “Everybody Eats” that they have since been using on the show. The chorus is the same, but the verses are noticeably different.

17. Rubber Duckie – Ernie (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

A disc jockey in California began playing “Rubber Duckie”. Before long, the song went all the way to number 16 on Billboard’s Top 40. Jeff Moss is actually squeaking Ernie’s “Rubber Duckie” in this original recording. In fact, you can hear the same duck on disc 3 with “Put Down The Duckie”. In 1996, a dance remix of “Rubber Duckie” was released in Germany, selling 1.8 million copies. The most famous Sesame song of all-time was first broadcast on February 25, 1970.

18. Doin’ The Pigeon – Bert (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Bert’s Blockbusters”, 1974

Early on, Frank Oz didn’t particularly like performing Bert. He thought Bert was too dull. After awhile Frank realized that Bert’s dullness could be a lot of fun as evidenced by “Doin’ the Pigeon”. One of Bert’s obsessions with pigeons paved the way for this jazzy, dance number. If only oatmeal, bottlecaps and paperclips could be so much fun.

19. Me & Julio Down The Street – Paul Simon and Kid (P. Simon)
*Previously unreleased track, 1976

The little girl singing with Paul Simon steals this number away from the legend. Even though she doesn’t know all the words and sings over his first line, her heart and soul shines through. “Dance, dance, dance, all right! You can dance now!” A shame she wasn't credited.

20. Sweet-A Little Baby – Pete Seeger and The Kids (P. Seeger)
*Previously unreleased track, 1986

In this catchy tune, folk artist and lyricist Pete Seeger sings with the kids on Sesame Street about a new baby. Twelve years earlier, he recorded the album “Pete Seeger and Brother Kirk Visit Sesame Street”.

21. 1-2-3 Sesame Street – Stevie Wonder (S. Wonder)
*Previously unreleased track, 1972

Motown comes to Sesame Street. In the early seventies, Stevie Wonder was one of the first “huge” musical talents to appear on the show. In a song he composed for the program, Stevie and his band jammed in the Sesame playground like none other.

Disc 2 (Running Time: 58 minutes, 3 seconds)

1. Pinball Number Count – The Pointer Sisters (W. Kramer)
*Previously unreleased track, 2003

While the pinball animation segments were originally recorded in 1975, this is a new remix by Strictly Kev for Ninjatune Records. This remix includes all the pinball sequences, numbers 2-12. Number one was never featured on “Pinball Number Count”. The remix doesn’t take away from the original, in fact it enhances it. This is a true fan favorite and one of the most requested Sesame songs of all time. This Ninjatune remix will also be released on vinyl in late September 2003.

2. I’ve Got Two – Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Mr. Hooper and Everybody (J. Raposo, J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

Here is one of the original songs from the “Sesame Street 1” album available uncut for the first time on CD. The introductory dialogue of “I’ve Got Two” has been chopped in a variety of different ways over the years (1974 on the “Letters and Numbers” album and 1978 on the “10th Anniversary Album”). It’s great to finally have this classic uncut on CD. It’s also a nice tribute to Will Lee (Mr. Hooper) to have him included in this boxed set.

3. I Love Trash – Oscar the Grouch (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Sesame Street 1 – Original Cast”, 1970

One of Jeff Moss’ most well-known Sesame songs is the original version of “I Love Trash”. The danceable swing rhythm of this song is still as enjoyable as ever.

4. Nasty Dan – Johnny Cash and Oscar the Grouch (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “The Stars Come Out on Sesame Street”, 1979

Available for the first time on CD, this duet was originally recorded in 1973. Another Moss hit, "Nasty Dan" was also recorded by Johnny Cash and Claude Francois in France, where it soared to number 1 on the pop charts. In 1992, Johnny Cash would return to the street and sing “A Tail Tale”. Knowing that Johnny loved to wear black, all of the cast members from the puppeteers to the tech crew wore black in honor of the country legend.

5. Sing After Me – Madeline Kahn and Grover (S. Pottle, T. Geiss)
Originally Released: “The Stars Come Out on Sesame Street”, 1979

Originally recorded in 1977, “Sing After Me” is one of the most popular guest star moments ever. The versatile Madeline Kahn encourages Grover to echo what she sings. Naturally things don’t go as planned. This is the first time this track has been available on CD.

6. Captain Vegetable – Captain Vegetable with Eddie and Andy (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Put Down The Duckie”, 1990

In the liner notes for the 1991 Jim Henson tribute CD, Jane Henson reflected on this special song. “I’ve discovered a new hero. It’s Captain Vegetable – because he embodies the great fun that Jim had in the recording studio!”

7. African Alphabet – Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Kermit the Frog (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Jim Henson: A Sesame Street Celebration”, 1991

Only Joe Raposo could take something so common like the alphabet and turn it into something so special. The Ladysmith Black Mambazo are not only soothing, but educational. “Amazing… Beautiful… Creatures… Dancing…”

8. B.B. King (and the Letter B) – B.B. King with Bert, Benny Rabbit, Big Bird, and Baby Bear (C. Cerf, J. Freudberg)
*Previously unreleased track, 2001

Blues legend B.B. King performs this swinging jazz tribute to the letter B with all the Muppets whose names begin with B. Of note, is Eric Jacobson performing Bert.

9. C Is For Cookie – Cookie Monster (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “The Muppet Alphabet Album”, 1971

In 1971, Jim Henson and his performers teamed with Jerry Juhl, Joe Raposo and Jeff Moss to write a sketch on each letter of the alphabet. One of the defining moments to Cookie Monster’s personality was “C Is For Cookie”. The song was first performed on the show March 28, 1972.

10. Kiko And The Lavender Moon (Elmo And The Lavender Moon) – Los Lobos (D. Hidalgo, L. Perez)
*Previously unreleased track, 1992

In this parody of “Kiko and the Lavender Moon”, Los Lobos’ relaxing and surreal voice help you to relax and take it easy.

11. Sweet In The Morning (Tweet In The Mornin’) – Bobby McFerrin with The Birds (R. McFerrin Jr.)
*Previously unreleased track, 1990

To say the least, Bobby McFerrin has a unique style. Since he doesn’t use any instruments, his vocal and creative talents are unsurpassed. He fits in perfectly with the Muppet birds.

12. Small People – Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers with Prairie Dawn and Big Bird (D. Marley)
*Previously unreleased track, 1991

Ziggy Marley brings reggae to the Street through encouraging Prairie Dawn that it’s ok to be small. “Don’t care how short or tall you are. Don’t care how large or small you are. The most important thing by far is what’s inside you.”

13. Imagination – Ernie with Big Bird and The Cast (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Havin’ Fun With Ernie and Bert”, 1971

As a little boy, I remember listening to this for the first time and actually closing my eyes and imagining along with the Muppets. In this intimate vocal arrangement, Ernie never sounded so near. “I look inside and discover things that are sometimes strange and new. And the most remarkable thoughts I think have a way of being true.”

14. From Your Head – Diane Schuur with Elmo (J. Moss)
*Previously unreleased track, 1996

In this playful jazz rift, Diane Schuur teaches all about the origination of our thoughts. While listening to this fun tune, you won’t be able to help but sing along.

15. What’s the Name of That Song? – The Cast (D. Axlerod, S. Pottle)
Originally Released: “Platinum Too”, 1996

Ironically, there has been a lot of speculation concerning which version of “What’s the Name of That Song?” was going to be included in the box set. The song was originally performed on the show in 1974 on episode #666. It was then recorded again for the 1975 LP “Bert and Ernie’s Sing-Along”. I wish that either of these versions were included, however, the team went with the more modern version from “Platinum Too”. Singing are Lillian, Bob, Maria, Luis, Gordon, Susan, Gina, Mr. Hanford, Telly, Oscar, Rosita, Prairie Dawn, Merry, and Big Bird.

16. The Batty Bat – The Count with Flatateeta and The Bats (J. Raposo)
Originally Released: “Put Down The Duckie”, 1990

Jerry Nelson’s characters are so enduring and passionate. The Count is no exception. Originally recorded in 1986, “The Batty Bat” has a fun, waltz-like feel.

17. Mah Na Ma Na – Mah Na Mah Na (P. Umiliani)
Originally Released: “Jim Henson: A Sesame Street Celebration”, 1991

Produced for Sesame Street in 1969 is this early version of the classic song. Instead of the Two Snowths, on the Sesame version two Anything Muppet girls sing lead (“Bah dee dee dee bee”). After the Muppet Show debuted in 1976, the Sesame character Mahna Mahna become known as Bip Bippadotta, in order to designate the difference between the characters on the two shows. From then on, Bip would be seen with sunglasses whereas Mahna Mahna would not.

18. Little Things – Tony Bennett with Lexine (J. Raposo)
*Previously unreleased track, 1995

Joe Raposo took common words that we use daily, and turned them into timeless, musical poetry. “Little Things” is an example of such a moving moment. Tony Bennett and young Lexine remind us of what’s most important.

19. One Small Voice – The Kids, Hoots the Owl, Prairie Dawn (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “We Are All Earthlings”, 1990

At a time when environmental awareness issues were being raised across the country, Jeff Moss penned “One Small Voice” teaching children that we can all influence one another.

20. I Don’t Want To Live On The Moon – Aaron Neville and Ernie (J. Moss)
*Previously unreleased track, 1993

Three years after Jim Henson’s untimely passing, Aaron Neville recorded his vocals on this duet with Jim’s original version from 1980. “Though I’d like to look down at the earth from above, soon I’d miss all the places and people I love.”

21. This Frog – Kermit the Frog (S. Pottle, D. Axlerod)
Originally Released: “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?”, 1977

Think of this as Kermit’s version of Frank Sinatra’s "My Way". Kermit encourages all of us to be ourselves and that we will make it no matter what happens. "This Frog has to go his own way. This Frog doesn't care what the other frogs say."

Disc 3 (Running Time: 56 minutes, 31 seconds)

1. I Love Trash – Steven Tyler (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Elmopalooza”, 1998

“Hey, you wanna talk some trash?” Aerosmith’s Seven Taylor rocks the house (and the trash can) with his cover of “I Love Trash”. This is the first of four songs from the “Elmopalooza” release. This rendition never appeared on the special. It would have been nice to have other celebrity appearances instead, since the Elmopalooza album is still in print.

2. Two Princes – Spin Doctors with Zoe, Elmo and Telly (C. Barron, E. Schenkman, M. White, A. Comess)
*Previously unreleased track, 1993

Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors was born in 1969 and he originally contacted Sesame Workshop about appearing on the show. “We’ve had the privilege of playing at Woodstock ’94, opening for the Rolling Stones and getting a Grammy nomination, but more people come up to me and comment on our appearance on Sesame Street.”

3. Like The Way I Do (Like The Way U Does) – Melissa Ethridge (M. Ethridge)
*Previously unreleased track, 1996

On this acoustic remake of “Like The Way I Do”, Melissa sings about her affection of the letter “U’. Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria, once said that Melissa Ethridge’s performance with the letter "U" was probably the sexiest moment on the Street.

4. But I Like You – Bert and Ernie (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Jim Henson: A Sesame Street Celebration”, 1991

It’s really nice to have a classic Ernie and Bert song on this disc to help balance the celebrity songs from the current era of the show. Originally recorded in 1983, this tune was also released on CD in 1991.

5. Tu Me Gustas (I Like You) – Luis and Elmo (J. Raposo, J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Fiesta Songs”, 1998

While Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Elmo compliment each other as they sing this uplifting ballad, I would have preferred the 1974 version when Grover sings to Oscar. Tu Me Gustas was originally performed on the street in 1970 and during the first Sesame Street Live performance in 1973.

6. Mambo I, I, I – Gloria Estefan (F. Rivas, N. Sans)
Originally Released: “Elmopalooza”, 1998

This latin-flavored tune will have you dancing the mambo. However, Gloria’s unreleased duet with Rosita singing "You Say Hola" would have been a great choice as well. It would have given Rosita some representation in this collection and featured an important song to the show’s history. Gloria also happens to be good friends with Rosita's puppeteer Carmen Osbahr.

7. Monster In The Mirror – Grover (C. Cerf, N. Stiles)
Originally Released: “Put Down The Duckie”, 1990

One of Grover’s most popular anthem’s of all-time, “Monster In The Mirror” showcases the talents of Chris Cerf and Norman Stiles. On the program, a celebrity version of this track was also recorded featuring a collaboration of more than 20 different artists. The celebrity versions of "Monster In The Mirror" and "Put Down The Duckie" were likely not included due to the royalties which would have to be paid to each artist.

8. Hold My Hand – Hootie & The Blowfish with Elmo and The Kids (D. Rucker, E. Felber, M. Bryan, J. Sonefield)
*Previously unreleased track, 1994

Adapting their song, “Hold My Hand”, Hootie and The Blowfish teach about crossing a busy street.

9. I’m Talkin’ Love – Trisha Yearwood with Herry Monster, Baby Bear and Grover (P. Jacobs, S Durkee)
*Previously unreleased track, 1998

Trisha Yearwood insists, "I put the Oscars, the Opry and Sesame Street on the same level. I'm a big Grover fan and I got to sing with Grover. They wrote a cute song for me called 'I'm Talking Love', about a Martian I was missing really bad. He's gone and I can't find him. I was 4 years old when the show came on the air, and I would've killed to be on it. Now I've done it, so my life is pretty much complete."

10. We Are All Earthlings – A Boy and The Anything Muppets (J. Moss, S. Compton)
Originally Released: “We Are All Earthlings”, 1990

Jeff Moss penned this moving song about environmental issues. We are all part of one world.

11. Happy To Meet You – Celine Dion with Herry Monster, Elmo and Big Bird (J. Moss)
Originally Released: “Elmopalooza”, 1998

Here’s another tune on developing social skills with Canadian superstar Celine Dion.

12. Shiny Happy People (Furry Happy Monsters) – R.E.M. and Muppet Rocker (B. Berry, P. Buck, M. Mills, M. Stipe)
*Previously unreleased track, 1998

One of the most requested Sesame songs in the past decade is R.E.M’s rendition of “Furry Happy Monsters”. Here is the studio version of the song used on the show. It is the exact same as the broadcast version without the monster dialogue and background vocals. R.E.M.’s leader, Michael Stipe, was having bad nightmares the day before this song was recorded. The Muppets quickly helped to change his mood from “sad” to “happy”, not unlike the actual song. Muppet Rocker, the red-haired female Muppet singing harmony was modeled on B-52’s Kate Pierson. Puppeteer Stephanie D'Abruzzo performed the puppet and sang lead with the guys.

13. Believe In Yourself - *NSYNC (J. Raposo)
*Previously unreleased track, 2000

Reportedly, while on the set the guys of *NSYNC were thrilled to see the street in person. After the appearance, each of the group members asked Kevin Clash to record Elmo’s voice on each of their answering machines. In order to get to the taping, the band traveled through a blizzard early on a frosty December morning.

14. A New Way To Walk – Destiny’s Child with Elmo, Grover and Zoe (J. Raposo, M. Saltzman)
*Previously unreleased track, 2002

The studio version of this song sounds like an alternate track, slightly slower than what was shown on the broadcast of the show.

"All of us were very excited to be on the set, period, because we've all been fans of Sesame Street since we were kids," said Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. "When we saw Elmo, when we saw everybody on set, we were just like, wow!"

15. Elmo’s Song – Elmo, Big Bird and Snuffleupagus (T. Geiss)
Originally Released: “Put Down The Duckie”, 1990

What would eventually become the theme to “Elmo’s World”, this track features an early Elmo with Big Bird and Snuffy.

16. Slide (Pride) – Goo Goo Dolls and Elmo (J. Rzeznik)
*Previously unreleased track, 2000

Like “Furry Happy Monsters”, here is the Goo Goo Dolls' studio version of another popular favorite, “Pride”. This track has about 40 additional seconds of music than what was on the broadcast version, including an extended guitar solo.

17. Sing – Dixie Chicks (J. Raposo)
*Previously unreleased track, 2002

The Dixie Chicks bring their tight harmonies and country vocals for a nice rendition of “Sing”, albeit with a group of clucking chickens.

18. Just Happy To Be Me - Fugees (G. Sky King, Fugees)
Originally Released: “Elmopalooza”, 1998

The Fuguees smooth soul and rap is one of the highlights of the Elmopalooza collection. “Just Happy To Be Me” was originally sung by Kingston Livingston III.

19. Put Down The Duckie – Ernie and Hoots the Owl (C. Cerf, N. Stiles)
Originally Released: “Put Down The Duckie”, 1990

The duet that helped put Hoots the Owl on the map, “Put Down the Duckie” has an infectious rhythm that will keep your toes tapping. Like “Monster in the Mirror”, a celebrity version of “Put Down the Duckie” also aired on the show.

20. Everybody Be Yo’self – Keb’ Mo’ and The Kids (C. Street Man)
*Previously unreleased track, 1998

"Everybody got a high. Everybody got a low. Everybody gotta be yoself, no matter where you go," suggests Keb' in the chorus. Kermit the Frog returns to the street as he welcomes Keb’ Mo to the most famous street in the world.

21. Sesame Street Theme Remix 2002 – Ursula 1000 (J. Raposo, J. Stone, B. Hart)
*Previously unreleased track, 2003

This upbeat remix features an instrumental version of the Sesame Street theme over dialogue from classic Sesame records like “The Count Counts”, “Bert and Ernie’s Sing-Along” and “The Year of Roosevelt Franklin”. It’s a wonderful way to conclude the collection. Here’s to another 35 years and more releases like this in the future.

 
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