Hi, Ken! Do you know where you saw "Arts Music" actually listed for B is for Boo!? I don't see it that way on iTunes. As far as I can tell, it's not actually a label, just a division (which is how WMG referred to it in their press release about Sesame Street Records, and elsewhere; "Arts Music division," encompassing jazz, classical, children's music, scores, and other non-pop stuff). They folded things like Warner Classics and the Erato Records label in but it seemed to be mainly a corporate re-structuring (the labels are still used, just their president now answers to the Arts Music head, who's a former Rhino exec). There's no website, it hasn't been used on anything actually on the shelf to date (unless that changes when the Sesame disc and vinyl stuff comes out, but the division has been around since July 2017), and the only mentions of it I can find are press releases, industry articles, etc.
I'm thinking we should probably make a Warner Music Group page as the best way to deal with it (apparently they still own Warner Brothers Records, and still use it too, so that would help fill out the page).
Yeah, I wish I would have known about these when they started to come out, since they've been in print since September, but nobody around here has any, so I'm going to have to order some, because I want to see what they're going to do for the numbering system, and for a logo. What's actually a label is tricky now, since 1) there are only three major conglomerates left (Sony, Warner, and Universal, and a bunch of former labels have been swallowed up into one of those three), and 2) so much stuff is download-only, that a lot of people don't even know what a record label is anymore. Some places, like Billboard, also use the word "imprint" for label divisions inside a conglomerate (like Columbia, Epic, RCA, and Arista are all under Sony), but now, with the vinyl revival happening, it's nice to see record labels actually making record labels again!
Anyway, to answer your question, B is for Boo is a weird case, because it's only a download, but I wanted to make it consistent with the stuff that's actually going to exist as a physical item. I'll have to do some digging, and I'll send you some links, but the way Billboard was talking about it, they're using it as an actual label name, which is why I was treating it as a brand new label name. I'm sorry if I jumped the gun on using Arts Music, but I'll know more once I can order some actual CD's. I'm hoping somebody this weekend has the 2 new compilations, because I'm dying to see a new SS CD, even though I'm sure I have most of the songs in other places!
You know what? I went back and read the Billboard article, and they said they're going to call it Sesame Street Records! I don't know how I missed that! Just for fun, I went to Worldcat to see if any libraries have bought these, and they're all over the place, too. They've got "Sesame Workshop" and "Warner/Atlantic" and all kinds of stuff. So I guess we can start putting Sesame Street Records on the new stuff, and I'll still see what they're doing when I find real copies. I still can't believe they're going to use the name that they haven't used since 1984! I never thought I'd get to use that name again!
I'm not sure if you'll get a notification, but here's the new Christmas album! So it doesn't actually mention "Sesame Street Records" on the back cover, but it might on the spine, or the disc itself. We'll know more soon!
So apparently, Arts Music is the name of the label putting these out. I was kind of hoping that they would create a sub-sublabel actually called Sesame Street Records, under Arts Music, under Warner Music Group, but I guess that's not how they're doing it.
See what fun people are missing out on by buying stuff as downloads?
And now I get to listen to all of these! I was kind of disappointed that there were no lyric books like the Sony Wonder ones had, but these were priced as budget titles, so maybe that's why. The "is for" series is retailing for $5.99 for 10 songs each, the Christmas album is $5.99 for 13 songs, and the 2 "All-Time" albums are $8.99 for 14 songs each. That's cheaper than buying a download for a dollar a song! I'm hoping if they do albums with brand new songs, or a nice anniversary set, that they'll have booklets and pictures. And no sightings of vinyl yet, but the year is still young!
I just thought of what I might have been thinking of. I've had an eBay alert set up for years now to let me know when any Sesame Street Music Magazine issues go up. Have you had any luck finding any of these? I'd love to track some down.
No, but I found some of the records, and a lot of them have Carroll Spinney doing Big Bird and Oscar on them, and I think Fran Brill does Prairie Dawn on some of them, too. The records are 7" 33's, and it's kind of hard to tell what's going on, because you're supposed to follow along with the magazines, but it's still neat to hear Carroll doing material on records that don't exist anywhere else. Maybe some library might have these? I've never really looked into it.
Hi! This label looks like it made instrumental covers for dancing, possibly dance instruction, like square dance records. You can see a partial discography for them here. There are a lot of familiar pop songs up to the early 1980's. I don't know how many of these you think we should cover. I've seen a few jazz and possibly reggae versions of the SS Theme on eBay sometimes. I'd love to hear some of these! I'm guessing that some are reggae because they say "Jamaica" on the label.
I've been really busy for a long time, but I hope to do more this year. I completely forgot that I've been here 10 years a few months ago!
I also have some new numbers on the CC/CRA 45 mess. I've finally seen some 45's on eBay that have one thing on the record, and another on the sleeve, so my theory was correct that they just used whatever they had during the transition when they ran out of something.
By the way, that 45 would date to 1970, because the B-side is a song from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!
Hrm. Well if there were several of them, it might be fun to make a page for it. But I don't see anything else in that listing, except possibly "Mahna Mahna"... which isn't very encouraging. I could just start a "Miscellaneous" section on the Sesame Street Cover Singles page I guess? That might be a good compromise in the short term.
Oh! I hadn't realized you'd never seen the singles with mismatched cover and inside. I had awhile ago, but thought you already knew about them.
Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! And it's good to hear from you again :)
I actually meant to e-mail you when I made this, and just forgot, since I really had you in mind. Jim Timmens, one of the key figures (along with Arthur Shimkin) in the history of Sesame records, for your perusal.
Thank you! Merry Christmas to you, too! We just watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir special with the Sesame Street Muppets, so I came here to see what I can add to their pages. I hope to get more active again next year, and I hope we can also find the stuff that's been eluding us for the last 10 years!
Oh yay! That special sounds like fun. We just always watch the original "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street" (because it's not Christmas otherwise as far as I'm concerned) although my daughter finds it disturbing when Big Bird gets "lost" and won't really watch it any more.
Wow! I never knew his name before, but I immediately recognized him. I'd love to find out more about the very early cartoons. The music that plays under the opening credits for the TZ episode The Bard is still bugging me ever since I saw it 30 years ago! I know it was used in a SS cartoon, but I don't remember what it was about, and I haven't been able to find anything on YouTube. But if they found the Crack Monster, I'm still hoping to find that music cue!
I'm pretty sure the first Columbia LP was released at the same time in a bunch of countries all over the world, and I know we still need ones from Japan and Germany. The funny thing that I can't figure out is why it was even released in these countries, since they weren't showing the show yet. Maybe since the Workshop has always said you didn't have to watch the show to enjoy the records, they went ahead and just released it as a stand-alone educational album. That's my theory, anyway.
You found some more Axis stuff? Cool! I'll have to look at those tomorrow.
Hmmm. I'm starting to think the big sets were just plastic cases where they just put random assortments of books and tapes. Although those seem to be single tapes, and not the double tapes, so that would be good to reference the individual numbers. Also, I never noticed before on the one we already have, it says Copyright 1990 Chadwick Music, and not Golden, although it was a set of Golden stuff. I wonder if it was a one-time release from a sub-licensed publisher. Everything I can find online points to that one set, so I don't know if they ever made any others.
Weird. The case for the bigger set is certainly generic enough to have been randomly filled. What we need is another one for comparison :) Shall I just put that assumption up with the pictures (that it contained a random selection of BTsets)? Or shall I list the ones actually in that set?
Wow, thanks! Now that I've seen that, I may have to change the label name to ABC Music for Kids or ABC Music, since they've kept those logos into the Universal era, which means that EMI was only the distributor during the first era. I need to go through the CD's again for some other stuff as soon as I get some time.