Sesame Street

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

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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 01:49 Amazon
2 01:47 Amazon
3
feat: Jim Henson
02:21 Amazon
4 03:04 Amazon
5 01:04 Amazon
6 01:50 Amazon
7
feat: Bob McGrath
02:03 Amazon
8
feat: Jim Henson
01:10 Amazon
9 02:17 Amazon
10 03:47 Amazon
11
feat: Frank Oz
02:49 Amazon
12
01:10 Amazon
13 02:25 Amazon
14
feat: James Taylor
02:00 Amazon
15 03:09 Amazon
16
feat: Joe Raposo
02:05 Amazon
17
feat: Jim Henson
02:25 Amazon
18
feat: Frank Oz
02:12 Amazon
19
feat: Paul Simon
01:53 Amazon
20
feat: Pete Seeger
02:08 Amazon
21 02:13 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:44 Amazon
2 04:06 Amazon
3 02:52 Amazon
4 02:15 Amazon
5 04:44 Amazon
6 02:55 Amazon
7 01:51 Amazon
8 02:18 Amazon
9
feat: Frank Oz
01:28 Amazon
10
feat: Los Lobos
03:21 Amazon
11 02:13 Amazon
12 03:30 Amazon
13 02:22 Amazon
14 02:07 Amazon
15 02:51 Amazon
16
feat: Jerry Nelson
02:36 Amazon
17
feat: Jim Henson
01:54 Amazon
18 03:23 Amazon
19 02:35 Amazon
20 02:24 Amazon
21
feat: Jim Henson
03:24 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Steven Tyler
03:34 Amazon
2 03:37 Amazon
3 02:37 Amazon
4 02:03 Amazon
5 03:16 Amazon
6 02:36 Amazon
7
feat: Frank Oz
02:46 Amazon
8 02:59 Amazon
9 03:17 Amazon
10
feat: Jerry Nelson
02:29 Amazon
11 02:34 Amazon
12
feat: R.E.M.
03:32 Amazon
13
feat: *NSYNC
01:43 Amazon
14 01:50 Amazon
15 02:30 Amazon
16 02:54 Amazon
17
feat: Dixie Chicks
01:55 Amazon
18
feat: Fugees
02:31 Amazon
19 02:14 Amazon
20
feat: Keb' Mo'
02:34 Amazon
21
feat: Ursula 1000
02:51 Amazon
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