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The Sesame Street Book & Record
Songs from SESAME STREET
Released 1970
Format LP
Label Columbia Records
Cat no. CS 1069
SSOriginalCast74Reissue

1974 reissue, released as SESAME STREET 1.

The SESAME STREET Book & Record is the very first record album of SESAME STREET material ever released. It was recorded in APRIL 1970, at the end of the shows first season,[1] & was released later that summer.[2] The album was originally packaged in a gatefold sleeve that contained a full-color poster teaching parts of the body & a 24-page book featuring illustrations by Brian Cranner, as well as lyrics to all of the songs. It was also released simultaneously in a less expensive edition with a different cover, no book, & no poster. The songs from this album were also released on 9 consecutively numbered 45-rpm, 7-inch records. The first 6 of these were also available in a "Carry About" boxed set, & the final 3 were also available as a set.

The album peaked at #23 on Billboards Top LPs chart in 1970, & was certified GOLD (sales of 500,000 copies) by the RIAA. It also won a Grammy Award for BEST Recording for Children. It was subsequently reissued many times (without the book or poster), first on Columbia under several different titles & covers, then on other labels (see below for details). It was also later issued as part of the 1977 2-LP set SESAME STREET GOLD!.

The entire album was released on CD for the first time under the title The SESAME STREET Record, as part of the 3-disc set Old School: Volume 1 on March 23, 2010, along with BIG BIRD Sings! & BERT & ERNIE Sing-Along.

Track listingEdit

Side 1

  1. SESAME STREET Theme - The Entire Cast
  2. ABC-DEF-GHI - BIG BIRD
  3. Ive Got Two - BIG BIRD & OSCAR THE GROUCH plus everybody including Mr. Hooper
  4. Goin' for a Ride - The Anything People
  5. What Are Kids Called - Bob & Susan
  6. Everybody Wash - ERNIE & BERT
  7. One of These Things - Bob & Susan
  8. Up & Down - 2 Monsters
  9. BEIN' GREEN - KERMIT THE FROG

Side 2

  1. Somebody Come & Play - The Kids
  2. I LOVE TRASH - OSCAR THE GROUCH
  3. A Face - Bob
  4. J Jump - The Kids
  5. The People in Your Neighborhood - Bob & The Anything People
  6. Rub Your Tummy - Gordon
  7. Number 5 - The Kids
  8. Five People in My Family - Anything People
  9. Nearly Missed - Susan
  10. RUBBER DUCKIE - ERNIE

EditsEdit

On all releases that dont contain the book, the song "One of These Things" was edited to remove the following material after Susan says "ERNIEs RUBBER DUCKIE!":

A womans voice: "Here are some more sounds. Listen."
(sounds of 3 bells ringing 1 at a time, followed by a trumpet playing)
(sounds of 3 dogs barking 1 at a time, followed by a cat meowing)

Then the closing music plays on all versions.

NotesEdit

  • Although the spine & cover call this album The SESAME STREET Book & Record, the actual label simply says SESAME STREET.
  • On the Old School: Volume 1 release, the original cover is featured, but altered so that the sign simply says The SESAME STREET Record & has a pink round "sticker" that says "Features RUBBER DUCKIE."
  • On Side 2, after "RUBBER DUCKIE", there is a short track where the cast tells the listener goodbye. Although this track is not listed on the LP or album cover, the 8-track lists it as "Tag".

Other releasesEdit

International releasesEdit

CastEdit

Production creditsEdit

ProofEdit

  1. JIM HENSONs Red Book entry, 4/1970 - Record 1st SESAME STREET cast album.
  2. Billboard: Col Bows SESAME STREET Cast LP/ Book Package - June 20, 1970

See alsoEdit


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