Born To Add
Louise Gold starred as A Chicken, CTW Sesame Street Song album, released by Golden Records in 1993, and, Sony Wonder, in 1995
Catalogue number: (Golden Records Cassette) 5215-1, (Sony Wonder CD) LK67670, (Sony Wonder Cassette) LT67670
Ivy Austin (as The Cereal Girl)
Christopher Cerf (as: Chrissy, Bruce Stringbean, and, Mick Swagger)
Kevin Clash (as An Octopus)
Louise Gold (as A Chicken)
Thad Mumford (as Dr Thad)
Frank Oz (as Bert and Cookie Monster)
Pam Arciero, Camille Bonora, Fran Brill, Richard Hunt, Jim Kroupa, Peter Linz, Richard Lyon, Noel MacNeal, Alison Mark, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Jeff Moss, Carman Osbahr, Marty Robinson, and, Tish Summers (as: The Alphabets, The Barnyard Animals, Crumbs Unlimited, Ftateeta and The Bats, The Medications, The Monotones, The Sesame Street Cobble Stones, and, The S Street Band)
Conceived and Produced by - Christopher Cerf
Co-Producer and Chief Recording Engineer - Doug Epstein
Re-Mixing - Jim Czak at Nola Studios,
Musical Director for
Arranged by - Dave Conner, Cheryl Hardwick, Paul Jacobs, and, Sam Pottle
Music Supervisor - Danny Epstein
Special Thanks to - Vic Ancesini, Joe Diaz, Ann Marie Kearns, Gina Legnani, Ruth Luwisch, Chuck Nankivell, John Phillips, Dan Sovak, Norman Stiles, Chris Theis, Jim Timmens, Linda White, and, Alan Winnikoff
Music by - Christopher Cerf, Cheryl Hardwick, Jeff Moss, Sam Pottle
Lyrics by - David Axlerod, Christopher Cerf, Tony Geiss, Sharon Lerner, Jeff Moss, Thad Mumford, Emily Perl Kingsley, Cathi Rosenburg, Norman Stiles
1. Born To Add (Music and Lyrics by Christopher Cerf, 1979) - Bruce Stringbean And The S Street Band (Christopher Cerf and the chorus)
2. Cereal Girl (Music by Cheryl Hardwick, Lyrics by Cathi Rosenberg, 1989) - The Cereal Girl (Ivy Austin)
3. Count Up To Nine (Music by Sam Pottle, Lyrics by David Axlerod, 1977) - The Count with Ftatateeta and The Bats (Jerry Nelson, with the Chorus)
4. The Opposite Song (Music and Lyrics by Christopher Cerf, 1977) - Chrissy and The Alphabets (Christopher Cerf and the Chorus)
5. The Ten Commandments Of Health (Music by Christopher Cerf, Lyrics by Thad Mumford, 1978) - Dr Thad and The Medications (Thad Mumford and the Chorus)
6. Honk Around The Clock (Music by Christopher Cerf, Lyrics by Tony Geiss, 1982) - The Honkers (Chorus)
7. Me Going To Munch You, Munch You, Munch You (Music by Christopher Cerf, Lyrics by Christopher Cerf and Thad Mumford, 1982) - Cookie Monster with Crumbs Unlimited and The Crumbs Unlimited Orchestra (Frank Oz with the Chorus)
8. (I Canít Get No) Co-Operation (Music by Christopher Cerf,
Lyrics by Christopher Cerf and Sharon Lerner, 1981) - Mick
Swagger and The
9. I Am Chicken (Music by Christopher Cerf, Lyrics by Christopher Cerf and Norman Stiles, 1991) - A Chicken with chorus (Louise Gold, with the Chorus)
10. With Every Beat Of My Heart (Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss, 1978) - Little Jerry and The Monotones (Jerry Nelson and the Chorus)
11. I Wish I Had A Friend To Play With Me (Music and Lyrics by Christopher Cerf, 1982) - Bert (Frank Oz)
12. Count It Higher (Music and Lyrics by Christopher Cerf, 1973) - Crissy and The Alphabets (Christopher Cerf and the Chorus)
13. Octopus Blues (Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss, 1985) - An Octopus (Kevin Clash)
14. Barn In The
The Cassettes Golden Records 5215-1 and Sony Wonder LT67670 follows the same listing as the Sony Wonder CD LK67670, with tracks 1 to 7 on Side A, and tracks 8 to 14 on Side B.
should perhaps be pointed out that not all of the featured puppeteers in the
chorus (or indeed those of the starring puppeteers who also sang in the
ensemble pieces) sing on all the tracks, it depends (for a start) on whether
this or that puppeteer was actually working on
A slightly different
version of the Born To Add album was released earlier
All the cast involved with this album had of course worked on Sesame Street.
Frank Oz, and, Louise Gold puppeteered on The Dark Crystal, for which
Kevin Clash and Frank Oz puppeteered on Labyrinth
Louise Gold and Marty Robinson puppeteered on Spitting Image
Fran Brill, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt,
Louise Gold, Richard Hunt,
Cerf, Kevin Clash, Louise
Stalwart Muppet singing talents:
Camille Bonora, Kevin Clash, Richard Hunt, and Marty Robinson had previously puppeteered on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.
Frank Oz went on to make a guest puppeteering appearance on The Animal Show.
Pam Arciero, Camille Bonora, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, Louise Gold,
Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt had puppeteered on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.
by Emma Shane
Usually when I hear the
Cereal Girl stands out as one of
those moments when it is possible that the Muppets affectionate pastiche, sung
here by that stalwart
This album also includes a lot of original, very Sesame Street, songs, mostly be Christopher Cerf.† It is my considered opinion that the most outstanding of these, and indeed the best song on the entire album is I Am Chicken. Firstly the song has some very clever, well thought out lyrics by Christopher Cerf and Norman Stiles. But then (to adapt an apt phrase of Irving Berlinís - originally about Ethel Merman) if you write lyrics for Louise Gold, theyíd better be good, because if theyíre not everyoneís going to hear them anyway. In other words she is loud, very much like Merman, although her voice can also be very tender. Among these lyrics there is a rather nice reference to chicken soup especially when people are ill (which is originally a Jewish tradition). The tune is a pleasing one, for a rock and roll tune, as well. But of course what really truly makes this number is its performance by such an exceptionally delicious mistress of song and accent as Louise Gold; using, it has to be said an incredible (Country and Western) accent which seems to suit the song rather well. Not only that, but the song itself seems to fit Louise surprisingly well, so well in fact it could have been written for her. She is an exceptional performer, as a muppeteer she can cackle with the best and if some of her exploits (especially as a puppeteer) are anything to go by will tackle any test. While on stage the song-n-dance actress she appears chic, cocksure, plucky, and unflappable, and people say sheís got great legs. Finally, when Louise undertakes to sing a song, she is such an extraordinary performer that you really canít count on what she will do with the song until she does it, in other words till it hatches. Yes this is a song that suits her well, and her performance of it is grade A.
If (as a grown-up) you buy only a few Sesame Street albums, then I would including this one. It includes some good well performed pastiches, but is really worth having for Louise Goldís performance of I Am Chicken alone, it is tasteful to the end.
"You really shouldn't live your whole life
without ever hearing Louise Gold's 'I Am Chicken'. It's a Muppet classic."
Links about Born To Add
Muppet Wikiís page for this album: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Born_To_Add_%28album%29