The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem and More! The 25th Anniversary Collection

The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem and More! The 25th Anniversary Collection

by The Muppets



When The Muppet Show first premiered on TV in 1977, it introduced young viewers to a cast of eccentric and endearing puppets created by Jim Henson. Little did Henson or his fans know that 25 years later, these innovative creatures would still be around, making kids smile and parents rejoice. This 25th Anniversary collection gathers the best songs from The Muppet Show and its spin-off movies. The songs -- which run the gamut from rock to jazz to Broadway -- have an age-blind appeal, blending wacky voices and unmistakable personalities with irresistible melodies. From the very first line of "The Muppet Show Theme" we know "It's time to play the music/It's time to light the lights." "Bein' Green" -- which has since been covered by everyone from Tony Bennett to Frank Sinatra -- finds Kermit in rare form, his voice pensive and full of heartache, as he bemoans "having to spend the day the color of the leaves." Another poignant Kermit moment occurs on the uplifting, much-loved "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, a tune that's been revisited by Kenny Loggins and Willie Nelson. But it's not all about the hankies -- several songs aim to get little bodies moving. "Happy Feet" attempts to answer the question "Can a frog tap dance?" Kermit answers in the affirmative as he taps to the cheery song. And the Muppets achieve a communal spirit on "We Got Us," where they ponder "Why sing a melody/as a soliloquy/when it's more fun to be/harmonizing." The gang gets rockin'-and-rollin' on "Tenderly," sung by the throaty Dr. Teeth, a character based on legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John. And to keep up both momentum and spirits, Fozzie Bear and Kermit join together for the road-trip anthem "Movin Right Along." This lavishly outfitted, 27-track collection includes a photo-filled booklet detailing a history of the TV series and featuring memories from Frank Oz (the voice of Miss Piggy) and Dave Goelz (The Great Gonzo). A dyed-in-the-wool classic, this timeless collection deserves a prominent position in every child's playroom.

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