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Your Thoughts: New Green and Red Christmas CD

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Yeah just wierd they would have gone to all the trouble of using her, unless some of the backing was just earlier stuff re-used. Whatever the case i'm glad they are going back and keeping people like Karen, Mike and Louise on the roster!
  2. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Ok, just listened to the samples on Barnes and Noble.com. Some of the voices take a bit of getting used to, but Rowlf and Statler were really well done! It really was good to hear Rowlf again!

    Kermit's "Have yourself a merrry little christmas" was nice. I didn't appreciate the Miss Piggy "if only her dress wasn't so tight" joke. :mad:
  3. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    Some things I didn't put in the review, but thought you might enjoy hearing:

    As some of you may know, the CD is not everywhere yet. Disney wasn’t planning a real wide-release for a Christmas album this early (why would there be a big demand to stock a Christmas album in mid-October?) However I talked to people at Disney Records, the reason the release date was so "early" was to get the discs printed and packed before the holiday production rush. However most stores (even online retailers) won't get a stock until late-November/December when Christmas season descends on us all. So if you can't find it in your local store, just wait and it should show up soon (however asking a store rep about it might help ensure they order it).

    Also, if you look at the copyright information inside the case, the songs were recorded in 2005. In fact they were all recorded before Christmas 2005. But for one reason or another, the album didn't make it out in time for Christmas (instead we got the re-release of "The Muppet Christmas Carol Soundtrack" in its place). However I'm glad they got it out for Christmas '06.

    The 6 original songs were written by Ed Mitchell (www.eddymitch.com) who worked on "Elmo and the Orchestra" in 2001.

    Also, just if you wanted to know, the original working title for the project was "Christmas with the Muppets". However after the song "A Red and Green Christmas" was written the project was renamed.

    Oh, and if you haven't gotten a copy yet...what are you waiting for? There are only 55 more days 'till Christmas!
  4. King Prawn

    King Prawn New Member

    Nice to see you around GelflingWaldo

    That's intresting that this was recored last year, I have yet to hear it but from what i've heard Eric's :mad: & :o are excellent, so he must have had them pretty perfected awhile ago.
  5. After listening to the samples on Barnes and Noble I think it is gonna take a while for me to get used to the new voices. I am seriously gonna try tho!
  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I thought I had read an interview with Kermit the Frog sometime last year where he had mentioned recording some new songs for the christmas album. I wonder if The Muppet Christmas Carol re-release was chosen instead as a companion piece to the rerelease of the DVD (then again, the other soundtracks weren't rereleased).
  7. Mike Quinn

    Mike Quinn Member

    Interesting.... did I work on this and then was hit over the head and forgot I did it? How funny! I hope I was good :D

    Enjoy the CD anyway everyone!!!

    Mike
  8. BradFraggle

    BradFraggle Member

    Hmm..interesting...well, thanks for the info, Mike.

    I wonder how your those got in there. Maybe vocals with Mike, Jerry, Karen, and Louise (say as chickens or penguins) were sampled and used as the basis for creating those accompaniments via a synthesizer processes or something.

    Mike, you should call Disney Records, maybe you can get some royalties ($) out of this. :zany:
  9. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    I am really liking this album!! Thank goodness Halloween is over and it's finally November so I don't feel quite as weird about listening to Christmas music now. I really do get that classic Muppety Christmas feeling when listening to many of these songs, especially Rowf's "Christmas Party Sing Along," Gonzo & Rizzo's "Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and of course Kermit singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Actually, Kermit's may be the most beautiful and touching version of that song I've ever heard. This is definitely worth every single penny. Any true Muppet fan should have this CD! It is both fresh and nostalgic at the same time. It can be enjoyed by fans of the classic or newer Muppets alike.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    It seems like The Christmas Party Sing-Along was just sung by Rowlf (with background vocals by chickens and penguins). I feel like that song should have featured more characters joinning Rowlf (though it's good that he basically has a solo song on the album). It would have been great if Rowlf was joined by Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo, Pepe, Bunsen, Beaker, Beauregard, Bean Bunny, Sam the Eagle, Lew Zeland, and maybe also Johnny Fiama, Link Hogthrob, Dr. Strangepork, and Robin.

    I just realised that three of the credited performers who we don't know why they were credited are known to have been members of Muppet Central. Mike Quinn, Karen Prell, and Jerry Nelson have all posted here before.
  11. I read in Phillip's review Janice is the only EM member left out.

    I will not be buying this album.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Janice isn't the only member left out. I don't think Lips is on this album, either;) (do any of the Electric Mayhem numbers feature prominent trumpet solos or prominent trumpet sounds?).
  13. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Aw, yeah I know how you feel.
  14. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    Although Janice is not vocally there, the album is still great and you should still buy it. You can hear her rocking the guitar. There are lots of characters left out -- but take a look at what you do get (12 great Muppet songs), not what you don't get. You'll just be missing out on a great holiday album.

    Also, it's not "Phillip's review"... it's my review, but I'll let ya slide ;)
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Does the booklet include pictures of any characters not included, such as Scooter, Janice, Clifford, Johnny Fiama, Sal, or others?
  16. GelflingWaldo, I apologize...I hurriedly went to the review and skimmed through it, just assuming it was Phillip. I'm sorry. :o

    And maybe you can hear Janice on guitar, but can you see her on the album artwork? I doubt it. Still there's no excuse to exclude her like that---now I know how the Floyd fans felt about his missing bust.

    I'm just so annoyed at the fact there's no Janice that I may just wait and download some tracks and see what I think. But for the most part for me, The Muppets are nostalgaic. I would support new tasteful Muppet endeavors if they were true to character and retained fan favorites (I have no desire to see "Oz" again, ugh), but the Golden Age of the Muppets is what gives my biggest warm Henson fuzzies. The "Fraggle" box sets, "Muppet Show", "Sesame Street Old School" (if I can find it in any store, grrrr!), and for Christmas, "John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together" (the album and NOT the special)...I'll just indulge in my favorite gems of Muppets Past. :)
  17. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    The album features pictures of Kermit (3x), Piggy (2x), Fozzie (1x), and the Swedish Chef (1x).

    It is a shame Jancie is nowhere to be heard, but the album still has that classic Muppet feel and spirit (there were many classic Mayhem numbers she was silent in too). I main fact is they haven't really found anyone suitable and stable since Richard Hunt passed away. You should still consider buying the album (right now its going for as low as $6 some places).
  18. MWoO

    MWoO Active Member


    Don't forget clifford. I still consider him an Electric Mayhem member. He worked great with them in the Muppet at Disney World special. Too bad the entire group never got to be put in a production again since then.

    Is it just me or would a nice song from Sam Eagle have been appreciated on this album? Not a complaint, just a thought I just had that seemed funny to me. Sam trying to sing a song and maybe Animal messing it up for him.
  19. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Well at least Janice has a great bust...

    But, yeah, it's a shame that she was gone. But remember on the Mwoo album there was a EM song from first season Muppet Show (Tenderly) and Janice's voice was wrong, wrong, wrong. I'd have felt worse if she appeared with the wrong voice than not appearing at all I think. Don't you?
  20. Marky

    Marky Member

    OH MY GOD! IT'S NIEN NUMB!

    Sory, big SW fan. I remember sending away for your figure in 1983! Was the voice you as well?


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