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Sesame Street: Old School, Vol. 1: 1969-1974 Box set, Soundtrack

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It was a natural to release the early Sesame Street music on LPs, to reinforce the lessons for kids but most of all because the songs were so darned catchy. This first release in this 40th-anniversary series has The Original Cast Album (a #23 Grammy-winner in '70), Big Bird Sings ('74) and Bert & Ernie Sing Along ('75, Grammy-nominated). Join Kermit for Green ; Ernie for Rubber Duckie ; Big Bird for ABC-DEF-GHI ; Oscar for I Love Trash ; Ernie and Bert for I Refuse to Sing Along ; Cookie Monster for C Is for Cookie , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sesame Street
  2. Abc-Def-Ghi
  3. I've Got Two
  4. Goin' for a Ride
  5. What Are Kids Called?
  6. Everybody Wash
  7. One of These Things
  8. Up and Down
  9. Bein' Green
  10. Somebody Come and Play
  11. I Love Trash
  12. A Face
  13. J-Jump
  14. People in Your Neighborhood
  15. Rub Your Tummy
  16. The Number 5
  17. Five People in My Family
  18. Nearly Missed
  19. Rubber Duckie

Disc: 2

  1. Abc-Def-Ghi
  2. A Really Good Feeling
  3. The Noodle Song
  4. Very, Very Special Letter
  5. Big Bird Writes a Poem
  6. Y'all Fall Down
  7. I Just Adore Four
  8. How Do I Know I'm Here?
  9. Everyone Makes Mistakes
  10. The Sound of the Letter "A"
  11. Just Three Colors
  12. Ha, Ha
  13. No Matter What Your Language
  14. Big Bird's Poem

Disc: 3

  1. I Refuse to Sing Along
  2. I've Been Working on the Railroad
  3. Old Macdonald Had a Farm
  4. A Really Good Feeling
  5. Bats in My Belfry
  6. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  7. I'll Give You a Song
  8. Oscar Don't Allow
  9. The Limerick Song (Come on and Sing Along with Me)
  10. On Top of Old Smokey
  11. Living Hand in Hand
  12. What's the Name of That Song?
  13. A Very Simple Dance
  14. Morningtown Ride
  15. Everyone Likes Ice Cream
  16. "C" is for Cookie
  17. Peanuts
  18. John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith
  19. She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
  20. Finale: What's the Name of That Song [Reprise]
  21. Sing


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: E1 Entertainment
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B002MT3CAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Finally, we are starting to hear our memories come flooding back with these classic albums, now in CD format! SESAME STREET OLD SCHOOL, VOLUME 1 has three of the great albums from the '70s, and after listening to them, I can hardly wait for the next set!

And don't be fooled by the cover shown here. The CD cover is not the same as the DVD set.

A listing for the three CDs:

THE SESAME STREET RECORD (1970)
01. Sesame Street - Kids
02. ABC-DEF-GHI - Big Bird
03. I've Got Two - Bob, Susan, Gordon, Mr. Hooper, Oscar, Big Bird
04. Goin' for a Ride - Anything Muppets
05. What Are Kids Called? - Bob, Susan
06. Everybody Wash - Ernie, Bert
07. One of These Things - Bob, Susan
08. Up and Down - Cookie Monster, Herry
09. Bein' Green - Kermit
10. Somebody Come and Play - Kids
11. I Love Trash - Oscar
12. A Face - Bob
13. J-Jump - Kids, with Big Bird's poem
14. People in Your Neighborhood - Bob, Anything Muppets
15. Rub Your Tummy - Gordon
16. Number 5 - Kids
17. Five People in My Family - Anything Muppets
18. Nearly Missed - Susan
19. Rubber Duckie - Ernie

-The last few seconds of 07 are edited out, but the CD does come with the original record ending (including the LP instructions)!

BIG BIRD SINGS! (1974)
01. ABC-DEF-GHI
02. A Really Good Feeling*
03. Noodle Song - with Oscar
04. Very, Very Special Letter
05. Big Bird Writes a Poem - with Snuffleupagus and Herbert Birdsfoot
06. Y'All Fall Down - with Ernie, Bert, Cookie and others
07. I Just Adore Four*
08. How Do I Know I'm Here - with Bob, Luis, Gordon and Susan
09. Everyone Makes Mistakes - with Farley
10. The Sound of the Letter "A"
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It's amazing what the Sesame Workshop can do when they set their minds to it. Suddenly, after parcelling out little pieces of the past, they release three whole albums at once, and give those of us who grew up with this show something that we really like at a price we can afford. Absolutely terrific. Joe Raposo's "Somebody Come and Play" and "J-Jump," two of our all-time favorite songs, are now in the car, on the IPOD. Our own children can now hear it, too.

Please, Sesame Workshop, all we want is for you to unlock what it meant to be a child in the 60s and 70s, when we thought that you actually cared about us. Before Elmo. Before you moved from a Fisher Price house and little plastic toy people to a Sesame Street image on absolutely everything that is marketed to children. Don't continue to over-commercialize our past. Just give us back our memories and this beautiful music and the episodes that meant the world to a four year old who wanted to believe that people could live together.

After all, it's about kids, right? And raising them well? And the message that you portray? It's not about sitting on things in vaults and miserly handing them out one precious drop at a time.

Release it all.
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This collection is a MUST-HAVE for many reasons. The albums have been out of print for too long. As an adult, they're worth having for the nostalgia factor. I loved them as a child, and I loved listening to them again as an adult. Such happy memories. And if you have or know any children, they will love it too. As I listened, I kept thinking of grown nieces and nephews who would have loved these if they were on CD ten or twenty years ago, but now I have to wait until there are some more little ones in the family. It sounds great, and the packaging is nice. But... The collection falls flat in a few places, and here's where the Sesame Workshop could improve with Volume 2, 3, 4, etc:

First, Sesame Street taught me my letters and my numbers. Therefore I can count and I can read, and I LOVE to do it. There absolutely should have been a booklet. Tell us the story about these albums. Many of the cast members and production folks are still around to explain the phenomenon of the early albums. How many albums did the records originally sell? How did the cast feel about them? How did they affect the show? How many Grammy's did they win? How many times were they nominated? How about an introduction by Joan? There is no booklet! I understand that booklets can be costly, but the workshop chose to put three cardboard slip cases inside a large outer case, which if swapped for a booklet and a jewel case, would have been less expensive. More for less.

Second, the first album The Sesame Street Record (Original Cast) was originally issued as a gatefold album with a book inside. The book contained original artwork, pictures, etc. Aside from the complaint above, this was a major oversight. The 1974 reissue with the alternate cover should have also been included.
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I'm a big fan of Sesame Street, and it would be very difficult to separate the appeal of the show from its music. This set (and the second volume) contains remastered versions of three early Sesame Street albums, marketed for adults who want to revisit some nostalgia or have followed the show through the decades.

The first disc is THE first disc: The first Sesame Street record ever released. It was released in 1970 as "The Sesame Street Book & Record" and re-released a few times in the next few years under a couple different titles. As I understand, part of the "One of these Sounds" track from the original release didn't make it to subsequent releases, and it's also missing from this one. Other than that and some edits to the cover art, this is the complete first Sesame Street album, and it's a real treat to have it — not only for posterity but because it contains some of Sesame Street's greatest hits.

The second disc is "Big Bird Sings." Like the first disc, this album (originally released in 1974) was re-released a year or two after its original version with a couple of track substitutions. That second version is included here. This album was part of a series of records each focusing on a single character, partially made up of material from previous albums. For example, this album has a lot of material from "The Muppet Alphabet Album" which was re-released on CD under the title "Sing the ABCs." So if you have a pretty significant Sesame Street album collection, some of this album might not be new to you. I'll be honest, the songs on this album aren't really my favorite. But they do represent some good early Big Bird material.

The third disc is a real treat. It's a 1975 concept album, "Bert & Ernie Sing-Along".
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