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Muppets: The Green Album

Various Artists Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B002YICN7O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Muppet Show Theme Song - OK Go
2. Rainbow Connection - Weezer and Hayley Williams
3. Mahna Mahna - The Fray
4. Movin' Right Along - Alkaline Trio
5. Our World - My Morning Jacket
6. Halfway Down the Stairs - Amy Lee
7. Mr. Bassman - Sondre Lerche
8. Wishing Song - The Airborne Toxic Event
9. Night Life - Brandon Saller of Atreyu and Billy Martin
10. Bein' Green - Andrew Bird
11. I Hope That Something Better Comes Along - Matt Nathanson
12. I'm Going To Go Back There Someday - Rachael Yamagata

Editorial Reviews

The MOST Celebrational, Tributational, Compilational NEW album from today's MOST Sensational artists! Chock-full of 12 new versions of favorite classic Muppets songs performed by contemporary rock and alternative artists. Muppets The Green album follows in the footsteps created by Nightmare Revisited and Almost Alice where contemporary artists put their unique sound to memorable Disney franchises. This time artists such as OK-GO, Weezer and My Morning Jacket will revisit some of The Muppets classics like: Rainbow Connection, It's Not Easy Being Green and The Muppets Show Theme and more! Sure to be a favorite album of the summer, enjoy this evergreen classic in the making!

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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REASONS TO BUY THE GREEN ALBUM: August 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Reasons to buy THE GREEN ALBUM:

- You grew up watching THE MUPPET SHOW and you have a bit of a nostalgic streak.

- You smiled and laughed throughout the preview to the forthcoming movie THE MUPPETS.

- You've always felt that Muppets instantly make everything more fun.

- You own anything with a Muppet on it.

- You are already a fan of any of the bands that make an appearance on THE GREEN ALBUM.

- You are open minded enough to listen to a few hipster/indie rock style interpretations of your childhood memories.

- You are traditional enough to appreciate that most of these songs are played relatively straight.

- You think you can forgive OK GO for possibly effing up the opening track by making it too weird.

- You like the idea of a compilation/tribute album of cover songs from a thirty-five year old puppet show being able to stand on its own as an album - only a few songs are chained to The Muppet Show here, the others could make it on their own in the world if they wanted to.

- You're still looking for "the rainbow connection" - the lovers, the dreamers, Kermit, and you...or maybe you've found it, in which case you might also be picking up a copy of the new Barbra Streisand album that was released today.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great September 22, 2011
By Jesse
Format:Audio CD
This is a fun little collection of cover songs, but ultimately there was only one song on the album that I felt was comparable in quality to the original. Weezer re-imagines Rainbow Connection as a duet, which ends up working pretty well. The rest of the songs just don't have the same magic or energy as the original Muppet versions. I don't know if that speaks poorly of the bands involved or if it's just a testament to the care that went into the movies. There were also a few songs that I really wish were included, most notably "Can You Picture That?" from The Muppet Movie.

The Green Album is definitely worth a listen, but not necessarily a full-price purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Makes Me Happy October 26, 2011
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I'm not going to do a music review, I'm just going to say that owning this album makes me happy. Listening to this album makes me happy. It's silly and wonderful and it makes me guessed it... happy. If you're one of the many who grew up watching the Muppet Show, you will enjoy these new takes on old childhood classics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Caring whether your kids have "good" (read: "your") taste in music, books, and movies is a foolish thing to do, so it means something that the day that my daughter said she really didn't like The Muppet Movie was one of the very few times when I actually, well, cared. It's a great movie, a little cheesy at points maybe, but funny and tender, one of the great movie musicals of the past half-century. (Seriously -- there are very few post-1960s musical on the AFI list of the Greatest Movie Musicals, and even fewer created specifically for the screen.)

Why do I relate the story? Well, more so than most albums reviewed here, it's my opinion, not that of kids, which matters here, because Muppets: The Green Album isn't really a kids music album. The album is a collection of 12 Muppet-related songs, drawn mostly heavily from The Muppet Movie or from songs heard on The Muppet Show. Much like Disney's collections of covers from their own stable of American tunes, Disneymania, Disney's approach here is to get popular (critically or otherwise) artists to tackle the Jim Henson-related songs. The fact that some of these artists weren't yet born when The Muppet Show went off network television doesn't seem to have hurt their recruiting efforts. (The fact that the rest of 'em were kids when the show was still on probably helped tremendously.)

And as is the case with any such collection, Disney or otherwise, this album succeeds or fails based on how good the songs are and whether the artists bring anything new to them (or, if they ruin their charm).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music taken to a new level November 23, 2011
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This isn't the first time the Muppets have been covered by other bands, from cheap bargain bin bands to groups that made them into hits, but this album reinvents these classic Muppet songs in a way that feels fresh but still loyal to the original song. Each band/performer on the album isn't just phoning it in. There is remarkable talent displayed on many of these songs. Weezer does a really heartfelt "Rainbow Connection" with Hayley Williams, the Alkaline Trio does a toe tapping "Moving Right Along", Brandon Saller from Atreyu does a super hard rock version of Electric Meyhem's "Night Life", Sondre Lerche (who I had never heard of before until this album) won me over with "Mr. Bassman"... The point is, every song on this album has something to offer. I am not always in the mood for every song here due to the wide range of styles, but song for song this is probably one of the best albums I've ever bought. Every time I listen to it I hear something new that broadens my appreciate for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Album Brings Back Childhood Memories August 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
"The Green Album" is a tribute to the Muppets to help promote the upcoming movie "The Muppets" and includes 12 tunes that sound awesome! If you're old like me, you're sure to remember this zany bunch of characters including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy. The songs from the show were classic and helped define each episode. And now they've been re-made with a modern rock-punk-indie feel to it. The results are fun, the music is great, and talk about re-living some child memories! OK Go gets things started with the "The Muppet Show Theme Song" and they couldn't have done better. The tune has a melodic groove and is filled with fuzzy distortion. It's catchy, as it was back in the day, but the best part about it is OK GO seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves. Even Weezer seem to be having fun as they team up with Paramore's Hayley Williams and belt out "Rainbow Connection" (originally sung by Kermit from 1979's "The Muppet Movie and nominated for an Oscar). The result is, believe it or not, beautiful! One of the most catchiest songs is "Mahna Mahna," sung by The Fray with all the original silliness fully embraced. The piano and hand claps really add to the song and you'll be nodding your head in no time. My Morning Jacket add their own unique touches to "Our World" and make it sound like it could belong on one of their own albums. A banjo and slide guitar add a cool texture, and the sound is amazing. "Mr. Bassman," performed by Sondre Lerche, features a cool acoustic guitar and is a great change of pace. Brandon Seller picks the pace back up on "Night Life" which is one of the faster, more rockin' songs on the album. The guitar rocks and there's a great drum solo. It simply sounds incredible. Andrew Bird sings "Bein' Green," my personal favorite. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic
Love the Muppets when I was younger... love to share their music with my kids
Published 3 months ago by sdmk
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun muppets
This is a fun album, something nice to have playing when hanging out around the house, fun for grown-ups and kids alike.
Published 4 months ago by A. Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a kid
I bought this for my grandson and I have been told that he loves it. I always enjoyed "It's not easy being green," and I am glad my grandson likes it as well.
Published 6 months ago by Char
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
even as an adult it is great to hear fun music. Never miss the muppets movies or anything else muppet
Published 7 months ago by A. Heykants
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tribute of music to Henson's legacy
Every song recorded on this album is obviously done by a musician who is also a fan of (and likely grown up with) the Muppets. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mason J. Rourman
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The vocals on this CD are not plesant to listen to. They are off key the music is not consistent with the songs and it's really a mess. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jazzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Muppets rock on!
I love revisiting these old songs with my favorite artists. Some stick with the tried-and-true sounds, and some completely revamp the oldies!
Published 10 months ago by Clarissa D Rowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but cannot review it because I purchased it 3 years ago.
Can't remember buying this. A new edition has come out on blu ray and digital and mine is old fashioned.
Published 10 months ago by Janice T. Temple
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories.
Adorable. This cd is a great compilation of artists. They did a great job among these songs come alive again.
Published 11 months ago by Kimberly Dewrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool versions
I was really surprised how much I liked these covers! I wanted one or two songs from the original, and thought this would be a good fall back plan. Read more
Published 12 months ago by kevin
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I just pre-ordered the cd - I never do THAT.. always go for mp3s
I always buy CDs and then just rip them to the bitrate of my choosing.
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ok go should be ashamed of what they have done
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