Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music

Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music

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by Sesame Street

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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? This essential three-CD box set paves the way, celebrating 35 years of sunny days with 63 songs, 25 of which are previously unreleased. The Street's diverse neighborhood is reflected in the collection's fabulous celebrity contributors, from B. B. King and Johnny Cash to Celine Dion and Destiny's Child. Disc 1 opens with the…  See more details below


Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? This essential three-CD box set paves the way, celebrating 35 years of sunny days with 63 songs, 25 of which are previously unreleased. The Street's diverse neighborhood is reflected in the collection's fabulous celebrity contributors, from B. B. King and Johnny Cash to Celine Dion and Destiny's Child. Disc 1 opens with the irrepressible Sesame Street theme song and then gives way to a veritable who's who of the music world. Piano Man Billy Joel serenades Oscar the Grouch with "Just the Way You Are," about the importance of being true to yourself -- even if you're grouchy -- while Aaron Neville's supple, sugar-sweet voice complements Ernie's on the poignant "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon." But it's not all teary ballads -- Sesame Street can rock out, too! Melissa Etheridge's raspy voice works magic on her acoustic performance of "Like the Way I Do (Like the Way U Does)," a playful homage to the letter U. Elmo learns the importance of holding hands while crossing the street from Hootie and the Blowfish on a rousing rendition of "Hold My Hand." And R.E.M. shine in "Shiny Happy People (Furry Happy Monsters)," thanks to Michael Stipe and the boys teaching the Muppet crew about feelings, as "furry happy monsters feeling glad" turn to "furry sobbing monsters feeling sad" and back again. The Muppets get their time in the sun, too, with unforgettable Sesame favorites such as the deceptively simple and infectious "Sing," which winds up being a lesson on how to live a life with passion and even gives the Carpenters' version of this classic a run for the money. Bert and Ernie's "But I Like You" confirms that friends can like different things and still be pals, and the wild and crazy Cookie Monster sings "C Is for Cookie" and "that's good enough for me." Diehard fans will appreciate the 68-page booklet, which includes lyrics, rare photos, and liner notes by award-winning Sesame Street composer and producer Christopher Cerf. But the irresistibly diverse and daring Sesame Street is an essential stop on the pop culture map for everyone now; and this is the quintessential gift for children and adults who understand the timeless importance of rubber duckies and "Bein' Green."

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
For those who grew up on the magic of PBS and Sesame Street, there are countless musical moments permanently imprinted in the back of our minds, as well as in popular culture's. That said, there are 63 moments spanning three-and-a-half decades that children (and adults) of all ages will recall and sing along to with great fondness. An armada of Sesame Street's guest appearances are included here : Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, R.E.M., the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett and Johnny Cash are just but a few. However, it's the interludes from the show's original material featuring cast members, muppets and educational songs that are inarguably the true stars here. From the opening bells and guitar of Sesame Street's instantly identifiable theme song, to the charming, simple anthems courtesy of genius Joe Raposo, to such classics as "C Is for Cookie," "Rubber Duckie," "Doin' the Pigeon" and "Mah Na Mah Na," to the contemplative, potent "Bein' Green" from Kermit the Frog -- it's all here. While some collectors may scoff at the availability of most of this material on other CDs (and truth be told, a follow-up collection focusing entirely on the earliest years would be superb), fans who grew up on the show and children alike will find having them all on one disc, complete with superb liner notes, lyrics and pictures, an essential piece in their children's record collection. This is the definitive resource, bar none. Simply outstanding.

Product Details

Release Date:
Koch Records


Disc 1

  1. Sesame Street Theme @@The Kids
  3. Bein' Green
  4. Sing
  5. Five Song
  6. Five People in My Family
  7. People in Your Neighborhood
  8. Henson King of Eight
  9. Hi de Ho Man
  10. How Do You Do?
  11. Over, Under, Around and Through
  12. Ladybugs' Picnic
  13. Somebody Come and Play
  14. Jellyman Kelly
  15. Just the Way You Are
  16. Everybody Sleeps
  17. Rubber Duckie
  18. Doin' the Pigeon
  19. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
  20. Sweet-A Little Baby
  21. 1-2-3 Sesame Street

Disc 2

  1. Pinball Number Count @@The Pointer Sisters
  2. I've Got Two
  3. I Love Trash
  4. Nasty Dan
  5. Sing After Me
  6. Captain Vegetable
  7. African Alphabet @@Ladysmith Black Mambazoo
  8. B.B. King
  9. C Is for Cookie
  10. Kiko and the Lavender Moon (Elmo and the Lavender Moon) @@Los Lobos
  11. Sweet in the Mornin' (Tweet in the Mornin')
  12. Small People
  13. Imagination
  14. From Your Head
  15. What's the Name of That Song?
  16. The Batty Bat
  17. Mah Na Mah Na
  18. Little Things @@Tony Bennett
  19. One Small Voice
  20. I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
  21. This Frog

Disc 3

  1. I Love Trash Elmopalooza
  2. Two Princes @@Spin Doctors
  3. Like the Way I Do (Like the Way U Does)
  4. But I Like You
  5. Tu Me Gustas (I Like You)
  6. Mambo I, I, I,
  7. Monster in the Mirror
  8. Hold My Hand @@Hootie & The Blowfish
  9. I'm Talkin' Love
  10. We Are All Earthlings
  11. Happy to Meet You
  12. Shiny Happy People (Furry Happy Monsters) @@R.E.M.
  13. Believe in Yourself @@*NSYNC
  14. A New Way to Walk @@Destiny's Child
  15. Elmo's Song
  16. Slide (Pride) @@Goo Goo Dolls
  17. Sing @@Dixie Chicks
  18. Just Happy to Be Me @@Fugees
  19. Put Down the Duckie
  20. Everybody Be Yo'self @@Keb'Mo' and the Kids
  21. Sesame Street Theme @@Ursula 1000

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sesame Street   Primary Artist
Johnny Cash   Guest Appearance
Trisha Yearwood   Guest Appearance
Pete Seeger   Guest Appearance
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Guest Appearance
Celine Dion   Guest Appearance
Gloria Estefan   Guest Appearance
Melissa Etheridge   Guest Appearance
Goo Goo Dolls   Guest Appearance
Billy Joel   Guest Appearance
Aaron Neville   Guest Appearance
Pointer Sisters   Guest Appearance
Paul Simon   Guest Appearance
James Taylor   Guest Appearance
Tony Bennett   Guest Appearance
Cab Calloway   Guest Appearance
Lena Horne   Guest Appearance
Bobby McFerrin   Guest Appearance
Diane Schuur   Guest Appearance
Mel Davis   Group Member
Spin Doctors   Guest Appearance
Ralph MacDonald   Group Member
Steve Bargonetti   Group Member
Bob McGrath   cast
Dixie Chicks   Guest Appearance
Jim Henson   cast
Bob Cranshaw   Group Member
Hootie & the Blowfish   Guest Appearance
Fugees   Guest Appearance
Dave Bargeron   Group Member
Larry Campbell   Group Member
Christopher Cerf   Group Member
Glenn Drewes   Group Member
Todd Graff   cast
Cheryl Hardwick   Group Member
Richard Hunt   cast
Paul Jacobs   Group Member
B.B. King   Guest Appearance
Gail King   Group Member
Will Lee   cast
Dick Lieb   Group Member
Steve Little   Group Member
Lobos   Guest Appearance
Ziggy Marley   Guest Appearance
Bob McCoy   Group Member
Kathryn Mullen   cast
Clyde Otis   cast
Frank Oz   cast
R.E.M.   Guest Appearance
Joe Raposo   Group Member
Mike Renzi   Group Member
Andy Stein   Group Member
Toots Thielemans   Group Member
Steven Tyler   Guest Appearance
Lillias White   cast
Stevie Wonder   Guest Appearance
Keb' Mo'   Guest Appearance
Wally Kane   Group Member
Madeline Kahn   Guest Appearance
Stephen Lawrence   Group Member
Mario Figueroa   cast
Andrea Giglio   cast
Ana Iza Guerrero   cast
Althea Jackson   cast
Loretta Long   cast
Robby Merkin   Group Member
Carroll Spinney   cast
Tom Spiro   cast
Lois Winter   cast
Jerry Nelson   cast
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Guest Appearance
Fran Brill   cast
Ed Mitchell   Group Member
Ricky Martinez   Group Member
Eric Jacobson   cast
Jim Mitchell   Group Member
Dave Conner   Group Member
Danny Epstein   Group Member
Sam Pottle   Group Member
Stephanie D'Abruzzo   Vocals,cast
Emilio Delgado   cast
Camille Kampouris   cast
Sonia Manzano   cast
Joey Mazzarino   cast
Carmen Osbahr   cast
Fernando M. Rivas   Group Member
David Rudman   cast
David Langston Smyrl   cast
Destiny's Child   Guest Appearance
Roscoe Orman   cast
Pam Arciero   cast
Savion Glover   cast
'N Sync   Guest Appearance
Alison Bartlett   cast
Noel MacNeal   cast
Richie Viruet   cast
Ursula 1000   Guest Appearance
Kevin Clash   cast
Lexine Bondoc   cast
Ben Brown   Group Member
Nicole Kolman   cast
Vincent Lumapan   cast
Rick Lyon   cast
Jim Martin   cast
Martin P. Robinson   cast

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Composer
Melissa Etheridge   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Cab Calloway   Composer
Bobby McFerrin   Composer
David Axelrod   Composer
Marilyn Scott   Composer
Jim Henson   Composer
Fugees   Composer
Randy Barlow   Producer
Chris Barron   Composer
John Boylan   Producer
Mark Bryan   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
Christopher Cerf   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Annmarie Gatti   Project Staff
David Hidalgo   Composer
Mark Hudson   Producer
Paul Jacobs   Composer
Gail King   Composer
Ziggy Marley   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer,Director,Producer,Music Direction
Mike Renzi   Director,Music Direction
Johnny Rzeznik   Composer
Geni Sackson   Producer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Aaron Comess   Composer
John Crooks   Project Staff
Sky King   Composer
Eric Schenkman   Composer
Robby Merkin   Director,Music Direction
Jeffrey Moss   Composer
Bill Berry   Composer
Keith Textor   Composer
Piero Umiliani   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Ed Mitchell   Producer
Pat Sweeting   Performance Supervisor
Buster Harding   Composer
Dave Conner   Music Direction
Danny Epstein   Producer
Sam Pottle   Composer,Director,Music Direction
Darius Rucker   Composer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Jorge Ferreiro   Art Direction
Joseph Nussbaum   Executive Producer
Fernando M. Rivas   Composer
Jim Sonefeld   Composer
Adam Cohen   Project Staff
Jon Stone   Composer,Producer
Mary Kramer   Art Direction
Mark Salzman   Composer
Nancy Sans   Composer
Luis Santeiro   Composer
Norman Stiles   Composer
Janey Diamond   Project Staff
Sarah Durkee   Composer
Judy Freudberg   Composer
Tony Geiss   Composer
Steve Harper   Project Staff
David Marley   Composer
Scott McClean   Art Direction
Doctor Lewis Bernstein   Executive Producer
Dave A. Conell   Executive Producer
Dulcy Singer   Executive Producer
Hyslop   Executive Producer
Arlene Sherman   Executive Producer
Kim Riordan   Art Direction
Michael Loman   Executive Producer
Peter MacKennan   Art Direction
Bruce Hart   Composer
Victor Newman   Project Staff
Sarah Taylor   Composer
Mark White   Composer

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Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Mom of 3 boys ages 13 yrs, 9 yrs. and 21 months, I have loved Sesame Street and the whole gang for years! I especially love seeing and hearing famous artists perform with the Gang at Sesame Street. This CD Set brings back all the wonderful memories of past songs and singers who have graced the three block street on PBS. I was surprised to hear lots of artists I had missed on the show like Aerosmith, Johnny Cash and Melissa Ethridge. My two younger sons love to listen to this set in the car. It completely calms the toddler, which is no small feat. Even if you don't have kids but grew up yourself with SS, you should buy this set. Just don't tell your racquet ball buddies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Sesame Street when the show first aired. This collection is a wonderful way to remember flashes of my past and my child's past. I look forward to sharing this collection with my grandchildren.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs included are real classics. My children and I have enjoyed them for 13 years. I only wish they had included Ernie's song 'Imagine That...' . It's my favorite song on Sesame Street! All in all... its fun-listening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have given this CD to 3 others in addition to buying it for my daughter... Everyone has LOVED it!!! It is a lot of fun and teaches many great concepts such as colors, counting, numbers, and spatial relationships. My daughter, husband, and I LOVE to dance and sing with the Sesame Street gang!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this set by chance while searching for the tv version of REM's "Furry Happy Monsters", which our kids love to dance to(ok, me too), and it is jammed with wonderful tunes and artists.Now 7, 7 and 4, they still delight in these selections, especially the patter, and it's only out of the car when on loan or being played at home! Essential.
boisegrams More than 1 year ago
As a grandmother of a two year old, I enjoy listening to these songs with her because they bring back the time when my children loved them.
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