The Muppet Movie (soundtrack)

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This article is about the soundtrack of the film. For the film itself, see The Muppet Movie.
The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording
Cover art by Michael K. Frith
Soundtrack album by The Muppets
Released 1979
Recorded 1978 (A&M Studios)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 32:36
Label Atlantic (1979)
Jim Henson (1993 reissue)
Walt Disney (2013 reissue)
Producer Paul Williams, Jim Henson
The Muppets chronology
The Muppet Show 2
(1978)
The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack
(1979)
The Great Muppet Caper: Original Soundtrack
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Artistdirect 4.5/5 stars[3]

The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording is a soundtrack album from the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie, featuring the songs and select score written by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher.[4]

Originally released on LP by Atlantic Records, the album reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200, and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The soundtrack won the Grammy Award Best Children's Album and was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and two Academy Awards; Best Adaptation Score for the overall album and Best Original Song for "Rainbow Connection",[1][5][6] which reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7]

After its initial release, the soundtrack album had subsequent CD reissues by Jim Henson Records in 1993 and by Walt Disney Records on August 13, 2013.[8] Disney's reissue marked the first time the soundtrack was available in print in over 20 years.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist(s) Length
1. "Rainbow Connection"   Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) 3:15
2. "Movin' Right Along"   Williams, Ascher Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear (Jim Henson and Frank Oz) 2:57
3. "Never Before, Never Again"   Williams, Ascher Miss Piggy (Frank Oz) 2:49
4. "Never Before, Never Again" (Instrumental) Williams   3:52
5. "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along"   Williams, Ascher Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog (Jim Henson) 3:58
6. "Can You Picture That?"   Williams, Ascher Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz) 2:33
7. "I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along" (Instrumental) Williams   2:31
8. "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday"   Williams, Ascher The Great Gonzo (Dave Goelz) 2:55
9. "America"   Katharine Lee Bates Fozzie Bear (Frank Oz) 0:53
10. "Animal...Come Back Animal"       1:30
11. "Finale: The Magic Store"   Williams, Ascher The Muppets (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen) 5:17

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Truitt, Warren. "Various Artists - The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording". About.com Guide. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. ^ Cater, Daryrl. "Muppets: The Green Album". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  4. ^ Handy, Bruce (8 June 2012). "Paul Williams, Writer of "Rainbow Connection," on His 1970s Neighbors: "Borrow a Cup of Sugar? Maybe a Cup of Vodka"". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Miller, Julie (10 February 2011). "A Short History of the Muppets At the Grammys". Movieline. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Martens, Todd (27 February 2012). "Oscar winner 'Man or Muppet' goes where no Muppet has gone before". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Muppets' 10 Best Music Moments". Billboard. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Walt Disney Records Celebrates The Upcoming 35th Anniversary Of The Muppet Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". PRNewswire. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Muppets – THE MUPPET MOVIE ALBUM - OST". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 11, 2014.  Enter THE MUPPET MOVIE ALBUM - OST in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – The Muppet Movie". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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