Muppet Music Sampler

Louise Gold featured as a Muppet Performer on a number of tracks

Catalogue number: (Cassette) MUPPET 1. compilation produced 1993 (album undated but The Kermitage lists it as being 1993), produced by BMG KIDZ

According to The Kermitage website, this album was only produced as a Cassette, it was a free album (intended to promote their other Muppet albums), and, obtained by writing to BMG KIDZ to request it.

 

Cast

 (Note, none are actually credited on the album)

Kevin Clash

Dave Goelz

Louise Gold

Jim Henson

Richard Hunt

Kathryn Mullen

Jerry Nelson

Frank Oz

Steve Whitmire

 

Production Team

 Produced by - BMG KIDZ

 

Track Listing

Side A

1. Mahna Mahna (from the album Muppet Hits) - Mahna Mahna and The Two Snooths (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and, Richard Hunt)

2. Surfiní USA (from the album Muppet Beach Party) - The Surf Rats (Steve Whitmire and company likely to include: Kevin Clash, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, and, Jerry Nelson)

3. Rainbow Connection (from the album The Muppet Movie) - Kermit The Frog (Jim Henson)

4. At The Dance (from the album Muppet Hits) - Scooter, a muppet girl, Male chicken, Female chicken, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, another muppet girl, Animal, a sheep (Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Jim Henson, and, Louise Gold)

5. Fozzie On Skates (from the album Muppet Hits) - Fozzie Bear with Stadler and Waldof (Frank Oz with Jim Henson and Richard Hunt)

6. Can You Picture That (from the album The Muppet Movie) - Dr Teeth and Electric Mayhem (Jim Henson with Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, and Dave Goelz).

Side B

7. One More Step ĎTil Christmas (from the album Muppet Christmas Carol) - Kermit The Frog (Steve Whitmire)

8. Walkiní On Sunshine (from the album Muppet Beach Party) - Clifford with Gonzo and Rizzo (Kevin Clash with Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire)

9. The First Time It Happens (from the album The Great Muppet Caper) - Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy with chorus (Jim Henson and Frank Oz with: Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, and, Kathryn Mullen)

10. The Rhyming Song (from the album Muppet Hits) - Fozzie Bear, Link Hogthrob, Scooter, and, Annie Sue (Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Gold)

11. Iím Going To Go Back There Someday (from the album The Muppet Movie) - Gonzo (Dave Goelz)

12. The Magic Store (from the album The Muppet Movie) - The Muppets (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Steve Whitmire, and, Kathryn Mullen)

 

This album features Dave Goelzís original 1978 recording of Iím Going To Go Back There Some Day, he rerecorded the song for the film Muppets From Space in 1999, and that later version can be found on the album Music Mayhem And More.

Although she has never recorded it, Louise Gold has sung Rainbow Connection in her cabaret act LOUISE GOLD....By Appointment.

The Big Five from The Muppet Show (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Dave Goelz), plus Louise Gold, all appeared on The Royal Variety Performance (1977), and can all be heard on the albums: The Muppet Show Music Hall, The Muppet Show 2 (from which the tracks At The Dance, Fozzie On Skates originate, For What Itís Worth, and, Jim Henson Presents Silly Songs (as can The Rhyming Song in its full form).

The Muppet Show Eight (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, and, Kathryn Mullen) all puppeteered on The Muppet Show,the filmThe Great Muppet Caper (from which the song The First Time It Happens originated), and The Muppets Go To The Movies. They featured in the documentary Of Muppets And Men. They can all be heard on (although were not always credited on) the albums: The Muppet Show Music Album (from which The Rhyming Song originates), The Great Muppet Caper (Soundtrack album) (from which the song The First Time It Happens originates), John Denver And The Muppets A Christmas Together, John Denver & The Muppets Merry Christmas 45RPM, Christmas For Kids, John Denver Christmas, Favorite Songs From Jim Hensonís Muppets (as can the songs: Mahna Mhana, Rainbow Connection, The First Time It Happens, The Rhyming Song - in its full form), Put Some Zing In Your Spring (as can the song Rainbow Connection), Muppet Hits 1 (as can the tracks Mahna Mahna, At The Dance, Fozzie On Skates, and The Rhyming Song in its full form- although Steve and Kathy were not credited), Muppet Hits 2 (although Steve and Kathy were not credited), and, Music Mayhem And More (as can the songs Mahna Mahana, Rainbow Connection, Can You Picture That, One More Step Till Christmas, The First Time It Happens, and The Magic Store- although Jerry, Louise, and, Kathy were not credited)

All nine performers on this album (The Muppet Show Eight and Kevin Clash - although Louise was not credited) can be heard on Muppet Music Mix (as can the songs: Sufin USA, Rainbow Connection, The First Time It Happens, and The Rhyming Song in its full form)

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Louise Gold, and, Kevin Clash can also be heard on Born To Add.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Louise Gold, and, Kevin Clash can also be heard on Elmoís Lowdown Hoedown.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, and, Kathryn Mullen puppeteered on The Dark Crystal, for which Jerry Nelson did some voice-work.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, and, Kevin Clash, puppeteered on Labyrinth

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, and, Louise Gold puppeteered on The Muppet Christmas Carol, and can also be heard on The Muppet Christmas Carol (Soundtrack album) (as can the song One More Step Till Christmas).

Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, and, Louise Gold can also be heard on Jerome Kern The First 100 Years.

Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, and, Kathryn Mullen appeared in The All Time Get Around Sometimes Play Together Every Other Friday Night Vaudeville Show.

Kevin Clash, Louise Gold, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, and, Steve Whitmire puppeteered on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.

Kevin Clash, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, and, Steve Whitmire puppeteered on Muppet Treasure Island, and contributed to the documentary I Love The Muppets.

Kevin Clash, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, and, Steve Whitmire puppeteered together on Sesame Street (in the early 1990s).

Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz did a guest puppeteering appearance.

Jerry Nelson, and, Dave Goelz (besides puppeteering on Fraggle Rock itself) did voice-work on the UK Co-Production of Fraggle Rock, on which Louise Gold puppeteered.

Kevin Clash, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, Kathy Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, and, Steve Whitmire had performed at Jim Hensonís Memorial Service.

Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Jerry Nelson, and, Steve Whitmireís recording credits include A Green And Red Christmas.

Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt had puppeteered on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.

Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Secret Life Of Toys.

Kevin Clash, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, and, Jerry Nelsonís recording credits include The Countís Coundown, though there has been some debate as to whether Louise Gold actually sang on it.

Steve Whitmire probably puppeteered Kermit The Frog on ITVís 50 Greatest Shows.

 

Review

by Emma Shane, 9 February 2005

While I found this album very enjoyable to listen to, I couldnít help feeling that all the songs were better represented on other Muppet albums. There are also some startling omissions (for example: The Muppet Show Theme Tune, and the classic We Got Us). Of course I particularly liked Jim Hensonís own wonderful original rendition of Rainbow Connection (I can only think of two other artistes who can do that song anything like as well as he can), and the award winning The First Time It Happens. I also thoroughly enjoyed, as usual, the At The Dance segment. Though it was nice to hear The Rhyming Song, I could not help noticing that part of it (notably Annie Sueís main verse ďI left my knees in your car/ My laundryís ready at half past oneĒ) had been cut. I canít help feeling that the sweet-but-ambitious young pig might not have been too impressed by that, I am sure her fans certainly wonít be.

All in all, while this is a fun album to have if you happen to come across it, its not really worth going out of ones way for. Except for fans who are such serious collectors they want to have everything, most people would be much better off looking for the more commonly findable albums that this songs have appeared on, often in a much more complete form.

 

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Links about Muppet Music Sampler

 Kermitageís listing for this album (and other Muppet albums): http://www.kermitage.com/html/collectibles/musicandvideo/musicpages4.htm

WRUI Childrenís Showís page for the album The Muppet Beach Party: http://www.wriukids.org/wish/muppetbeach.html

 

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