Sesame Street

Grover Sings the Blues

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Grover Sings the Blues comes from Sesame Street's golden period, when the program was still considered innovative. The project attracted lots of talent back then, boasting harmonica virtuoso Toots Thieleman on the show's theme song; Jim Henson in the flesh rather than as a symbolic figurehead; and future Hollywood deal-makers such as Frank Oz bringing life to characters such as Grover, who gets the spotlight here. Musically speaking, there really isn't a blues number on the record. "I Am Blue" comes closest with its spare piano accompaniment, suggesting Ella Fitzgerald if she were blue and furry. The album seems largely the work of Joe Raposo, who is credited as producer and musical director. In the latter capacity, he came up with the best numbers, such as "Has Anybody Seen My Dog?," an enjoyable ditty that would make any listener's short list of Sesame Street greatest hits. Very little of the other material here can be ranked that highly. Most of this album will not appeal to most over the age of six.

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