The Muppets, The Muppet Movie Soundtrack (1979)
My first memory of The Muppets is the soundtrack to the Muppet Movie. I guess it’s the very first record I ever owned; bought for me. And I still have it. And I still listen to it. Sure, The Rainbow Connection has been played out (thanks a lot all you Jerkulele Orchestras!) but there’s some decent tunes here. Well crafted. That’s what you get when you call on Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher though. My copy of the record has held up remarkably well – given it’s over 30 years old. There’s a pen-mark on one side of the label. I vaguely recall that I did that, aged 4, as it was easier than looking for sides one and two on the label for when I came to switch it. I memorised every song on every side because of that pen-mark. This album, therefore, is the beginning of my rather swift descent in to a madness that would not stop at writing out sets of lyrics, at studying all album covers for publishing dates, lists of musicians, composer credits – anything. It was the quest for information. And the research and collection of any ephemera that made you feel like you were further inside the music. It’s a good film too. And of course The Muppets TV Show still stands up (I’ve been working through the first series on DVD; magic stuff). But I really love how much effort was put in to this music. These character pieces are so believable, so packed with emotion. Take I Hope That Something Better Comes Along and I’m Going To Go Back There Someday. This record was shelved for a while and then, about 14 or so, it made a comeback as I used it to play along to on the drums. Only a couple of songs – but good times. And then from there it gets an airing now and then. And it draws people in. Gets them talking about their memories of the show, the films, of childhood. Of happy times. And maybe gets them thinking – but not speaking – of some sadder times. I’m certainly very pleased to have it as part of my record collection still.
Sample Track: Movin’ Right Along
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