Sesame Street

Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music [3 Discs]

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AllMusic Review by 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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sesame Street 01:49 Amazon
2 Sesame Street feat: Carroll Spinney 01:47 Amazon
3 Sesame Street feat: Jim Henson 02:21 Amazon
4 Sesame Street 03:04 Amazon
5 Sesame Street 01:04 Amazon
6 Sesame Street 01:50 Amazon
7 Sesame Street feat: Bob McGrath 02:03 Amazon
8 Sesame Street feat: Jim Henson 01:10 Amazon
9 Sesame Street feat: Cab Calloway / Richard Hunt / The Two-Headed Monster / Jerry Nelson 02:17 Amazon
10 Sesame Street feat: Grover / Lena Horne / Frank Oz 03:47 Amazon
11 Sesame Street feat: Frank Oz 02:49 Amazon
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Sesame Street 01:10 Amazon
13 Sesame Street 02:25 Amazon
14 Sesame Street feat: James Taylor 02:00 Amazon
15 Sesame Street feat: Oscar The Grouch / Billy Joel / Carroll Spinney 03:09 Amazon
16 Sesame Street feat: Joe Raposo 02:05 Amazon
17 Sesame Street feat: Jim Henson 02:25 Amazon
18 Sesame Street feat: Frank Oz 02:12 Amazon
19 Sesame Street feat: Paul Simon 01:53 Amazon
20 Sesame Street feat: Pete Seeger 02:08 Amazon
21 Sesame Street feat: Stevie Wonder 02:13 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Sesame Street feat: The Pointer Sisters 02:44 Amazon
2 Sesame Street feat: Big Bird / Everybody / Oscar The Grouch / Mr. Hooper / Will Lee / Carroll Spinney 04:06 Amazon
3 Sesame Street feat: Carroll Spinney 02:52 Amazon
4 Sesame Street feat: Johnny Cash / Oscar The Grouch / Carroll Spinney 02:15 Amazon
5 Sesame Street feat: Grover / Madeline Kahn / Frank Oz 04:44 Amazon
6 Sesame Street feat: Eddie & Andy / Jim Henson / Captain Vegetable 02:55 Amazon
7 Sesame Street feat: Kermit the Frog / Jim Henson / Ladysmith Black Mambazo 01:51 Amazon
8 Sesame Street feat: Baby Bear / Bert / Big Bird / Kevin Clash / Eric Jacobson / B.B. King / Benny Rabbit / David Rudman / Carroll Spinney 02:18 Amazon
9 Sesame Street feat: Frank Oz 01:28 Amazon
10 Sesame Street feat: Los Lobos 03:21 Amazon
11 Sesame Street feat: Bobby McFerrin 02:13 Amazon
12 Sesame Street feat: Big Bird / Fran Brill / Prairie Dawn / Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers / Ziggy Marley / Carroll Spinney 03:30 Amazon
13 Sesame Street feat: Big Bird / Fran Brill / Ernie / Jim Henson / Jerry Nelson / Frank Oz / Carroll Spinney 02:22 Amazon
14 Sesame Street feat: Kevin Clash / Elmo / Diane Schuur 02:07 Amazon
15 Sesame Street feat: Emilio Delgado / Loretta Long / Sonia Manzano / Bob McGrath / Roscoe Orman / Martin P. Robinson / Carroll Spinney / Lillias White 02:51 Amazon
16 Sesame Street feat: Jerry Nelson 02:36 Amazon
17 Sesame Street feat: Jim Henson 01:54 Amazon
18 Sesame Street feat: Tony Bennett / Lexine 03:23 Amazon
19 Sesame Street feat: Fran Brill / Kevin Clash / Prairie Dawn / The Kids / Hoots The Owl 02:35 Amazon
20 Sesame Street feat: Ernie / Jim Henson / Aaron Neville 02:24 Amazon
21 Sesame Street feat: Jim Henson 03:24 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sesame Street feat: Steven Tyler 03:34 Amazon
2 Sesame Street feat: Fran Brill / Kevin Clash / Spin Doctors / Elmo / Martin P. Robinson / Telly / Zoë 03:37 Amazon
3 Sesame Street feat: Melissa Etheridge 02:37 Amazon
4 Sesame Street feat: Bert / Ernie / Jim Henson / Frank Oz 02:03 Amazon
5 Sesame Street feat: Kevin Clash / Emilio Delgado / Elmo / Luis 03:16 Amazon
6 Sesame Street feat: Gloria Estefan 02:36 Amazon
7 Sesame Street feat: Frank Oz 02:46 Amazon
8 Sesame Street feat: Hootie & the Blowfish / Kevin Clash / Elmo / The Kids 02:59 Amazon
9 Sesame Street feat: Herry Monster / Jerry Nelson / Frank Oz / David Rudman / Trisha Yearwood 03:17 Amazon
10 Sesame Street feat: Jerry Nelson 02:29 Amazon
11 Sesame Street feat: Big Bird / Kevin Clash / Céline Dion / Elmo / Henry Monster / Jerry Nelson / Carroll Spinney 02:34 Amazon
12 Sesame Street feat: R.E.M. 03:32 Amazon
13 Sesame Street feat: *NSYNC 01:43 Amazon
14 Sesame Street feat: Fran Brill / Destiny's Child / Kevin Clash / Elmo / Grove / Frank Oz / Zoë 01:50 Amazon
15 Sesame Street feat: Big Bird / Kevin Clash / Elmo / Martin P. Robinson / Snuffleupagus / Carroll Spinney 02:30 Amazon
16 Sesame Street feat: Kevin Clash / Goo Goo Dolls / Elmo 02:54 Amazon
17 Sesame Street feat: The Chicks 01:55 Amazon
18 Sesame Street feat: Fugees 02:31 Amazon
19 Sesame Street feat: Kevin Clash / Ernie / Jim Henson / Hoots The Owl 02:14 Amazon
20 Sesame Street feat: Keb' Mo' 02:34 Amazon
21 Sesame Street feat: Ursula 1000 02:51 Amazon
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