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1970's 1980's 1990's

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.

    Side One:
1. Sesame Street Theme (The Entire Cast)
* This credit was later changed to the "The Kids".
2. ABC-DEF-GHI (Big Bird)
3. I've Got Two (Big Bird and Oscar plus everybody including Mr. Hooper)
4. Goin' for a Ride (Anything People)
5. What Are Kids Called (Bob and Susan)
6. Everybody Wash (Ernie and Bert)
7. One of These Things (Bob and Susan)
8. Up and Down (Two Monsters)
9. Green (Kermit)

    Side Two:
1. Somebody Come and Play (The Kids)
2. I Love Trash (Oscar)
3. A Face (Bob)
4. J-Jump (The Kids)
5. People in Your Neighborhood (Bob and the Anything People)
6. Rub Your Tummy (Gordon)
7. Number 5 (The Kids)
8. Five People in My Family (Anything People)
9. Nearly Missed (Susan)
10. Rubber Duckie (Ernie)

The Frog Prince (1971)

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.

    Side One:
1. Frog Chant (Orchestra and The Frog Chorus)
2. Sir Robin the Brave (Sir Robin the Brave and The Witch)
3. Frogs (Kermit and The Frog Chorus)
4. N'I'm Ineteen (Melora the Princess)

    Side Two:
1. I'm Nineteen (Melora and Robin)
2. Sleep, Sweetums (Robin)
3. Sweetums (Sweetums)
4. Anthems of Joy (The Peasants and entire company)

The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972)

The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972)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.

The Frog Prince (1976)

The Frog Prince (1976)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.

The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1976)

The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1976)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.

The Muppet Show (1977)

The Muppet Show (1977)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.

    Side One:
1. The Muppet Show (The Entire Cast)
2. Mississippi Mud
3. Mahna Mahna
4. The Great Gonzo Eats a Rubber Tire to "The Flight of the Bumble Bee"
5. Mr. Bassman (As Sung by Floyd and Scooter)
6. Cottleston Pie (As Sung by Rowlf)
7. The Amazing Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone Play "Lady of Spain"
* Pachalafaka (UK release)
8. Lydia the Tattooed Lady (As Sung by Kermit)
9. Halfway Down the Stairs (As Sung by Kermit's nephew, Robin)

    Side Two:
1. Tenderly (As Sung by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem)
2. I'm In Love with a Big Blue Frog
3. Tit Willow (As Sung by Rowlf and Sam the Eagle)
4. Veterinarian's Hospital (A Soap Opera)
5. Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear (As Sung by Scooter and danced by Fozzie)
6. What Now My Love? (As Sung by Miss Piggy)
7. A Monologue by Fozzie Bear (With the assistance of Kermit)
* Hugga Wugga (UK release)
8. Trees (As Sung by Wayne and Wanda)
9. Sax and Violence (With Saxophone by Zoot)
10. Bein' Green (As Sung by Kermit)

The Muppet Show Music Hall (1977, UK)

The Muppet Show Music Hall (1977, UK)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".

   Side A:
1. Don't Dilly Dally on the Way (Miss Piggy)
2. Waiting at the Church (Kermit and Miss Piggy)

   Side B:
1. The Boy in the Gallery (Miss Piggy)
2. Wotcher Knocked 'Em in the Old Kent Road (Fozzie Bear and Statler & Waldorf)

The Muppet Show Fan Club (1977)

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.

The Muppet Show 2 (1978)

The Muppet Show 2 (1978)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).

    Side One:
1. The Muppet Show Theme
2. Baby Face
3. There's A New Sound (As Sung by Scooter)
4. A Monologue (By Fozzie Bear)
5. Cuento Le Gusta (As Sung by Miss Piggy and The Pigs)
6. Who (As Sung by Zelda and Her Singing Owl)
7. Time In A Bottle
8. An Editorial by Sam the Eagle
9. Borneo
10. At The Dance
11. Upidee
12. Just One Person

    Side Two:
1. Happy Feet (As Sung by Kermit)
2. Pigs In Space
3. I'm Five (As Sung by Robin)
4. Sea Chantey (Link Hogthrob, Scooter, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Robin)
5. New York State of Mind (As Sung by Floyd)
6. The Pig Calypso
7. When (As Sung by Rowlf)
8. A Gypsy's Violin
9. Wishing Song (As Sung by Gonzo)
10. Animal Sings Gershwin
11. For What It's Worth
12. We Got Us
13. Closing Theme

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.

    Side One:
1. What Makes Music? (The Entire Cast)
2. Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco (Cookie Monster and The Girls)
3. The Happiest Street in the World (Big Bird, The Kids, and The Girls)
4. Sing (The Girls)

    Side Two:
1. Disco Frog (Kermit the Frog and The Girls)
2. Doin' the Trash (Oscar the Grouch and The Girls)
3. Bein' Green (Kermit the Frog and The Girls)
4. The Happiest Street in the World reprise (The Entire Cast)

The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack Recording (1979)

The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack Recording (1979)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.

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The 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 US release.

    Side One:
1. Rainbow Connection (Kermit)
2. Movin' Right Along (Kermit & Fozzie)
3. Never Before, Never Again (Miss Piggy)
4. Never Before, Never Again (Instrumental)
5. I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along (Kermit & Rowlf)

    Side Two:
1. Can You Picture That (Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem)
2. I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along (Instrumental)
3. I'm Going to Go Back There Someday (Gonzo)
4. America (Fozzie) [Called "God Bless America" on UK release]
5. Animal… Come Back Animal (Instrumental)
6. Finale: The Magic Store (The Muppets)

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.

The Muppet Show Music Album (1979, UK-Australia)

The Muppet Show Music Album (1979, UK-Australia)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.

   Side 1
1. The Muppet Show Theme
2. Hawaiian War Chant (The Pigs)
3. The Rhyming Song (Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Annie Sue, Link)
4. Blue Skies (The Prairie Dogs)
5. Eight Little Notes (Rowlf)
6. Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Geri and the Atrics)
7. Jamboree (Gonzo)
8. Henrietta's Wedding (Jerry & Lou)
9. Jam (Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, featuring Animal)
10. Magic Garden (Kermit)

   Side 2
1. Macho Man (Link and the Pigs, Gonzo and the Chickens)
2. Mad About the Frog (Miss Piggy)
3. Pennsylvania 6-5000 (Bobby Benson's Baby Band)
4. Coconut (Kermit, two nurses and a doctor, witch)
5. Frog Kissing (some frogs)
6. Dog Walk (Wayne)
7. While My Guitar Weeps (Floyd)
8. Sixty Seconds Got Together (The Gill Brothers)
9. It Was a Very Good Year (Statler & Waldorf)
10. The Muppet Show Theme

John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979)

John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979)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.

    Side One:
1. The Twelve Days of Christmas (John and the Cast)
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Rowlf and John)
3. The Peace Carol (John, Scooter and the Cast)
4. Christmas Is Coming (Miss Piggy, Scooter, the Great Gonzo, Robin)
5. A Baby Just Like You (John)
6. Deck the Halls (The Cast)
7. When the River Meets the Sea (Robin & John with the Cast)

    Side Two:
1. Little Saint Nick (Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem)
2. Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913 (John)
3. The Christmas Wish (Kermit the Frog)
4. Medley:
    1. Alfie, The Christmas Tree; Carol for a Christmas Tree (John)
    2. It's In Every One of Us (John & the Cast)
5. Silent Night, Holy Night (John and the Cast)
6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (John and the Cast)

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