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Rhino is planning a Sept. 17 release for "The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem, and More: the 25th Anniversary Collection," a single-CD compilation disc featuring songs and dialogue from "The Muppet Show" TRhino is planning a Sept. 17 release for "The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem, and More: the 25th Anniversary Collection," a single-CD compilation disc featuring songs and dialogue from "The Muppet Show" TV series and the full-length Muppet films. Rhino touts the collection as the most complete Muppet compilation to date. The Zoom Express label issued "Muppet Hits," a 19-track single-disc set, in 1993.
The 27-track disc comes with a booklet of photos and essays by Muppet vocalists Frank Oz (Miss Piggy) and Dave Goelz (The Great Gonzo). It includes snippets of dialogue mixed in with songs sung by Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, Scooter, Fozzie Bear, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Marvin Suggs, Rowlf, the Great Gonzo, and the Muppets cast ensemble.
In addition to the Muppet Show series, which ran from 1976-1981, the compilation draws material from "The Muppet Movie" (1979), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981), "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984), "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992), "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996), and "Muppets From Space" (1999).
As previously reported, Columbia, which picked up rights to the Jim Henson Co. home entertainment library in 1997, will on Sept. 3 bring two "Best of the Muppet Show" collections on VHS/DVD to retail for the first time. Until now, the titles -- which contain three classic episodes each -- have been sold only via direct response as part of a TV campaign orchestrated by Time-Life. Featured episodes include appearances by Julie Andrews, Elton John, Mark Hamill, and Paul Simon.
Here's the full track list:
"The Muppet Show Theme," the Cast
"Mahna Mahna," Mahna Mahna & The Two Snowths
"There's A New Sound," Scooter
"Lady of Spain," Marvin Suggs & His Muppaphone
"Trees," Wayne & Wanda
"A Monologue by Fozzie Bear," Fozzie Bear & Kermit The Frog
"Bein' Green," Kermit The Frog
"Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear," Scooter & Fozzie Bear
"Tenderly," Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem
"Wishing Song," The Great Gonzo
"What Now My Love?," Miss Piggy
"Happy Feet," Kermit The Frog & Frog Chorus
"We Got Us," the Cast
"Closing Theme (Instrumental)"
"Rainbow Connection," Kermit The Frog
"Movin' Right Along," Kermit The Frog & Fozzie Bear
"Can You Picture That?," Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem
"Finale: The Magic Store," The Muppets
"Hey a Movie!," Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo & Cast
"Happiness Hotel," the Cast
"The First Time It Happens," Kermit The Frog & Miss Piggy
"Together Again," Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear & Cast
"I'm Gonna Always Love You," Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf, Scooter & The Great Gonzo
"He'll Make Me Happy," Miss Piggy & Kermit The Frog
"One More Sleep 'Til Christmas," Kermit The Frog
"Love Led Us Here (Muppets Version)," Kermit The Frog & Miss Piggy
"I'm Going To Go Back There Someday (Muppets From Space Version)," The Great Gonzo