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The Muppet Movie [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
The genre of the movie musical is commonly said to have died in the early 1970s, but some of these songs belong in the canon of great musical tunes. Their authors, Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, received Oscar nominations both for the entire song score and for the unlikely radio hit "Rainbow Connection," which Kermit the Frog sings with all the dreamy wistfulness of a short green Judy Garland. Actually, "Rainbow Connection" serves the same purpose in this film that "Over the Rainbow" serves in The Wizard of Oz, with nearly equal effectiveness: an opening establishment of the characters' driving urge for something more in life. "Moving Right Along" and "I Hope That ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
The genre of the movie musical is commonly said to have died in the early 1970s, but some of these songs belong in the canon of great musical tunes. Their authors, Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, received Oscar nominations both for the entire song score and for the unlikely radio hit "Rainbow Connection," which Kermit the Frog sings with all the dreamy wistfulness of a short green Judy Garland. Actually, "Rainbow Connection" serves the same purpose in this film that "Over the Rainbow" serves in The Wizard of Oz, with nearly equal effectiveness: an opening establishment of the characters' driving urge for something more in life. "Moving Right Along" and "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along" achieve a Cole Porter-esque cleverness. The poignant nostalgia of "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" is enough to make the listener forget it's being sung by a blue piece of felt. There are a few mediocre moments, but most of Williams and Ascher's songs are better than the movie itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2013
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087290221
  • Catalog Number: 001852502
  • Sales rank: 16,319

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rainbow Connection - Jim Henson (3:15)
  2. 2 Movin' Right Along - Frank Oz (2:57)
  3. 3 Never Before, Never Again - Frank Oz (2:49)
  4. 4 Never Before, Never Again (3:52)
  5. 5 I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along - Jim Henson (3:58)
  6. 6 Can You Picture That? - Jerry Nelson (2:33)
  7. 7 I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along (2:31)
  8. 8 I'm Going to Go Back There Someday - Dave Goelz (2:55)
  9. 9 America - Frank Oz (0:53)
  10. 10 Animal...Come Back Animal (1:30)
  11. 11 Finale: The Magic Store - Jerry Nelson (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Muppets Primary Artist
Kenny Ascher Keyboards
Colin Cameron Bass
Ernest Corallo Guitar
Alan Estes Percussion
David Garland Keyboards, Saxophone
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Art Munson Guitar
Gary Mallaber Drums
Ian Freebairn-Smith Conductor
Mark Stevens Percussion
Anthony Berg Guitar
Reinhold Press Jr. Bass
James Gordon Drums
Michael Melvion Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jim Henson Executive Producer
Kenny Ascher Composer
Mentor Williams Remixing, Mastering
Paul Williams Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Bob Carbone Mastering
Ian Freebairn-Smith Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Michael K. Frith Cover Illustration
Traditional Composer
Danny Wallen Engineer
Garry Ulmer Engineer, Remixing
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