|1. The Muppet Show Theme - featuring The Muppets|
|2. Mahna Mahna/Lullaby Of Birdland - featuring Mahna Mahna & The Two Snowths|
|3. There's A New Sound - featuring Scooter|
|4. The Amazing Marvin Suggs And His Muppaphone Play "Lady Of Spain" - featuring Marvin Suggs & His Muppaphone|
|5. Trees - featuring Wayne & Wanda|
|6. A Monologue By Fozzie Bear - featuring Fozzie Bear & Kermit The Frog|
|7. Bein' Green - featuring Kermit The Frog|
|8. Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear - featuring Scooter & Fozzie Bear|
|9. Tenderly - featuring Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem|
|10. Wishing Song - featuring The Great Gonzo|
|11. What Now My Love? - featuring Miss Piggy|
|12. Happy Feet - featuring Kermit The Frog & Frog Chorus|
|13. We Got Us - featuring The Muppets|
|14. Closing Theme (instrumental)|
|15. Rainbow Connection - featuring Kermit The Frog|
|16. Movin' Right Along - featuring Kermit The Frog & Fozzie Bear|
|17. Can You Picture That? - featuring Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem|
|18. Finale: The Magic Store - featuring The Muppets|
|19. Hey A Movie! - featuring Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo & Muppets|
|20. Happiness Hotel - featuring The Muppets|
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We deserved much better.
I know there are some good songs on here. Among them, "It's Not Easy Bein' Green," "Wishing Song," "He'll Make Me Happy," "Can You Picture That," and "Happiness Hotel" along with a few others. Those great classics speak for themselves, so I don't feel the need to elaborate on how good they are. But Scooter's song, "There's a New Sound" is the most redundant song I've ever heard. If I were hearing that song as a 6-year-old child, I still wouldn't like it. There's no variation and no creativity in it.
Creativity has always been a Muppet trademark.
Also, I couldn't believe that they did not include the classic song "Saying Goodbye." I remember this heartfelt song being played on Entertainment Tonight as a tribute the day Jim Henson died. Also missing from THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN soundtrack was the catchy tune on their Broadway show, "Somebody's Getting Married."
The remixing of Gonzo's wonderful song, "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday," was the salt on an open wound. I listened to that and thought, "Of all the songs, why in the world did they have to alter that one?"
Would I recommend this CD (to another Muppet fan)? The answer is yes but only because there are currently no alternatives out there.
Perhaps what would be most pleasing to all the Muppet fans is if the actual motion picture soundtracks were remastered and released. That way, everyone could have the original recordings of their favorite songs as they remembered them.
This rating system won't allow me to give it 2.5 stars, so I'll cut the CD some slack and round it up to 3 stars.
I am a real sucker for nostalgia, and "The Muppet Show" is one of my favorite collections. Read more