The Sesame Street Book and Record (1970)
Released 1970 by Columbia Records, Inc. Album produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. Words and music by Joe Raposo and Jeff Moss. LP.
Ironically the first Sesame Street album is the best-selling Sesame record of all time. Featuring the first-ever release by Kermit the Frog, "Green" (the song was later renamed to "Bein' Green"), "Rubber Duckie", and "I Love Trash" this album is full of the most memorable favorites even more than thirty years later. This album has been reissued in it's entirety numerous times (Sesame Street 1-1974, 1977, Sesame Street Gold, 1978). Most of these songs have also been reissued numerous times under different labels and compilations over the years.
If you're lucky enough to have the original book that accompanied this record you'll find many edgy early drawings and pictures of the first-generation Sesame Street Muppets.
Released 1971 by Columbia Records, Inc. Based on "The Frog Prince". Album produced by Arthur Shimkin. LP.
A record version of the 1971 special "The Frog Prince", starring Kermit and Robin the Frog. This special featured two new characters, Robin and Sweetums. The record includes dialogue and songs from the special, with extra narration by Kermit. Inside is a Gatefold cover which features 24 pictures and descriptions from the special.
Released 1972 by Columbia Records, Inc. Based on "The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, A Television Special Starring the Muppets". Album supervised for Columbia Records by Arthur Shimkin. LP.
A record version of the 1972 Muppet Musicians special, with dialogue and songs from the show and extra narration by Kermit. Inside is a Gatefold cover which features pictures from the special.
Released 1976 by Children's Records of America, Inc. Based on "The Frog Prince". Album produced by Arthur Shimkin. LP.
This is a re-issue of the 1971 record on a different label. This release does not feature a Gatefold cover like the original.
Released 1976 by Children's Records of America, Inc. Based on "The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, A Television Special Starring the Muppets". Album supervised for Columbia Records by Arthur Shimkin. LP.
This is a re-issue of the 1972 record on a different label. This release does not feature a Gatefold cover like the original.
Released 1977 by Arista Records. Produced by Jim Henson, with the help of Peter Harris. LP and cassette.
Arista released this terrific collection of songs from the first season of "The Muppet Show". The same cover was also used on the front of the Muppet Show lunchbox (1978).
The Muppet Show album achieved Gold and Platinum status in both the United States and the United Kingdom. This album also won a Grammy in the "Best Recording for Children" category.
The UK version of this record (released on PYE) features two bonus tracks, "Pachalafaka" and "Hugga Wugga", as mentioned below. The UK record also includes a Gatefold cover which has a large picture of Kermit squatting under the Muppet Show logo, with pictures of the characters surrounding him from the first season. The same picture of Kermit is used on the large 3-D promotional poster. The back of the UK cover also features a picture of Droop on a motorcycle.
Released 1977 by PYE Records. Produced by Jim Henson, with the assistance of Peter Harris and Philip Casson. Released on 45 RPM record in picture sleeve.
This rare and wonderful record features four of the British segments sung during the second season of "The Muppet Show".
Released 1977 by Eva-Tone Soundsheets. Produced by Jim Henson. Released on 45 RPM blue vinyl square plastic record.
The record features the fan club versions of the opening and closing theme along with some wonderful dialogue from Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Scooter, The Electric Mayhem, Sam the Eagle, The Great Gonzo, Thog, and Statler and Waldorf.
Released 1978 by Arista Records. Produced by Jim Henson, with the help of Peter Harris. LP and cassette.
Here's another collection of songs and sketches from "The Muppet Show", this time from the second season. This record came in a neat picture sleeve which features pictures of various Muppets under the opening theme arches. The picture sleeve was included on a Gateway cover with the UK release (PYE Records).
Sesame Disco (1978)
Released 1978 by Sesame Street Records and the Children's Television Workshop. Produced by Joe Raposo. LP and cassette.
"Sesame Disco!" was released in 1979 as a follow-up to the highly successful "Sesame Street Fever". This album is included in this guide because it features two great disco remakes from special guest Kermit, "Disco Frog" and "Bein' Green". Unfortunately these great disco albums have never been reissued on CD, except for limited form in Japan.
Released 1979 by Atlantic Records. Produced by Paul Williams. LP and cassette.
This is probably the most famous and best-selling Muppet album ever. From start to finish, this album is wonderful. More than twenty years later, "The Rainbow Connection" is still the most loved Muppet song of all time. And "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" was the inspiration for the 1999 film, "Muppets From Space".
This record received a Grammy in the category, "Best Children's Album". Jim Henson performed "The Rainbow Connection" live on the 1980 Grammy Awards. The album went Gold and Platinum in the USA.
UK version of this record (on PYE Records) features a different cover
than the US release. All of the Muppets are shown in a drawing of them
in Fozzie's Studebaker. The Gatefold and back cover are the same as the
The Rainbow Connection (1979)
Released 1979 by CBS Records. Produced by Paul Williams. 45 promotional record single.This is the 7 inch single version of "The Rainbow Connection" on green vinyl. This is the most popular and recognized Muppet song ever and an incredible addition to your collection.
Released 1979 by PYE Records in the UK and Astor Records in Australia. LP and cassette.
While "The Muppet Movie" is the most popular Muppet album of all time, this record is probably the most sought-after. In fact, few Muppet fans are even aware of it's existence. This is a great collection of songs from "The Muppet Show", with most of them from the third and fourth seasons.
"Macho Man" was also released on a 45 single.
Released 1979 by RCA Records. Produced by Milton Okun. Concept by Jim Henson and John Denver. LP and cassette.
This is an album of songs based on the 1979 Christmas special. Interestingly, some of these are the actual tracks from the special, and some were re-recorded just for the album.
The TV special was recorded in the US while the record was recorded in England. This explains why England native Louise Gold appears on the album and not the special. The song "When the River Meets the Sea" by Paul Williams was originally sung for the 1978 special, "Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas".
The songs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", and "A Baby Just Like You" were also released on a red vinyl 45.
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