The Sesame Street Songwriters
The Music of 'The Sesame Street Book and Record'
The Sesame Street Book and Record kicks off appropriately with "Sesame Street," one of the most recognizable songs in popular music, sung by the "Entire Cast." Big Bird then shows off his newly acquired reading skills by singing the alphabet as one word in "ABC-DEF-GHI," supposing that it must be the name of some kind of exotic turtle, or such. "I've Got Two" features Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, plus pretty much everybody else, including Mr. Hooper, Bob, Susan, and Gordon. The song begins with some funny dialogue, then breaks into an upbeat song about all the things we have two of. The Anything People sing "Goin' for a Ride," a jaunty tune about taking a trip in various modes of transportation, highlighting the noises each vehicle makes.
"What Are Kids Called" is a pretty song performed by Bob and Susan that lists the names of animal babies, while "Everybody Wash" is a silly song performed by Ernie and Bert that sounds like a cross between "Tequila" and musical comedy. Bob and Susan sing another fan favorite, "One of These Things," in which the listener (or viewer) is challenged to identify the one sound or object that doesn't belong with the others, while "Up and Down" is a jazzy, soulful tune sung by Two Monsters that describes the difference between up and down. Kermit the Frog brings side one to a close with the classic "Green" (also known as "Bein' Green"), an introspective, melancholy tune covered by everybody from Frank Sinatra to Diana Ross, from Ray Charles to Van Morrison.
More Music from 'The Sesame Street Book and Record'
What else can you say about an album like this than...classic. Of course, selected songs from the original LP can be easily found on various compilations: the Sesame Street: Old School Volume 1 CD collection contains the entire album plus two other early Sesame Street releases, and each side of this original album have been released separately as mp3 collections as Sesame Street 1: Original Cast Record, Vol. 1 and Sesame Street 1: Original Cast Record, Vol.2. But there's just something about flipping through the booklet insert while you listen to the slightly scratched vinyl spinning on your record player. The Sesame Street Book and Record is a definite must-have for all families.
Released 1970; Columbia Records
- "Sesame Street" - The Entire Cast
- "ABC-DEF-GHI" - Big Bird
- "I've Got Two" - Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Cast
- "Goin' for a Ride" - Anything People
- "What Are Kids Called" - Bob and Susan
- "Everybody Wash" - Ernie and Bert
- "One of These Things" - Bob and Susan
- "Up and Down" - Two Monsters
- "Green" - Kermit the Frog
- "Somebody Come and Play" - The Kids
- "I Love Trash" - Oscar the Grouch
- "A Face" - Bob
- "J-Jump" - The Kids
- "People in Your Neighborhood" - Bob and The Anything People
- "Rub Your Tummy" - Gordon
- "Number 5" - The Kids
- "Five People In My Family" - Anything People
- "Nearly Missed" - Susan
- "Rubber Duckie" - Ernie