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Merrystar

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December 12, 2005
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  • This is weird! I ran across an Australian CBS reissue here that has Rubber Duckie on one side, and a novelty song from the early 1970's called Dead Skunk on the other. We never got this pairing in the US, since all of our Columbia reissues kept the Sesame Street Theme on the B-side. Anyway, if you're interested in hearing the other song, it's all over YouTube, but be warned it's the kind of 10-year-old boy gross-out humor that Dr. Demento used to play. But it was a pretty famous hit around 1973! So I made a place for it on International Sesame Street Singles, and if you can grab it, can you see if you can make the label point straight up and down? Thanks!

    Oh yeah, I also found the Canadian WB 45 of Someday, Little Children here!

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    • Wow... that is so random! I added it but why did you put it under 1981? The label says 1972...

      I also added the Canadian WB, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I've found at various times, like the Festival version of "Groovin' on the Sunshine".

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    • This one was released in 1981, but the label shows the copyright date of the original recording for each side. I found a few others on eBay, and for some reason they put both songs on one label, and the other side is just the company logo. I also found a sleeve with the first 12 pairings listed on it, and the date for that set of releases is 1981.

      Thanks for your help!

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  • The hits just keep on coming! I just found a 45 that looks like it was part of a 45 set of the Signs! album! It's another JCP single with an album number that looks like a phone number. These have really been fascinating to me, because they were never listed on the backs of the LP's, and I don't remember seeing them in stores. I still have a hunch they were some kind of mail-order thing, because the My First Collections in the big cardboard boxes have the same numbering series. Anyway, I'm making a place for it. Can you grab it? It's here. Thanks!

    P.S. I just noticed that this means that all 3 LP's of the Letters, Numbers and Signs boxed set were all released as 45 sets around 1979-1980. I wonder what else is out there?

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    • We still need a lot of the axis/summit albums. I grabbed the Bob 45. You would think if they were making a 45 they'd have the LP.

      Speaking of Australia/New Zealand, this is a cassette for Ernie's Hits, distributed by Avan Guard Music in Australia according to the liner notes...... Is it real? Or some sort of bootleg?

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    • I had an answer all typed out, and then I remembered something, which made me rewrite the whole thing. Remember that person's Flickr file that we found all of the Axis and Summit stuff on? Well, they have an Australian copy of the CTW SS1, but it's not on Axis. It's got the exact US front cover, and on the back, it has a 1st edition list of LP titles. I can tell because the catalog numbers don't have CTW in front of the numbers, and they have the 4 "phantom titles" listed. (There were 4 LP numbers that were never made, and they were pulled off of the next pressing of the 1974 series, and they added CTW in front of the catalog numbers.) The reason I'm mentioning all this is that the back cover also says, "Distributed by Avan-Guard Music", with a logo and an address. The picture is here. So that means this is the real 1st edition of SS1, which used the US catalog numbers and covers (with a distributor logo on the back cover), and then came Axis, and then Summit. So I don't know if we want to document these, because the LP front covers will look exactly the same, but we could still say that it's an Australian issue. I never mentioned it before, because I didn't know what to do with it. But now that you found a tape, it makes more sense.

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  • Hey Merrystar. I know this isn't on the right wiki but is it okay if I can be promoted to an admin on my user page on the Midnight Club Wiki ? I currently have the most badges and contributions on the wiki and since everyone else is not available, I have created numerous pages and added hundreds of images to pages. I think I will serve as an excellent admin for the site, much like I am on my other common wikis (listed on "my favorite wikis" section). Also, is there a way I can edit the Navboxes on that wiki? A lot of the links are incorrect and they need fixing really badly. Thanks for taking your time to read this! 

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    • Hi. You can request admin rights here.

      You can edit the navboxes like regular articles, although you probably will need to use the source mode editor. They aren't protected. You can see all of the navboxes here -- click on the one you want to update and then click to edit it.

      And yes, next time please use my wall on central for non-Muppet messages.

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  • I don't have a huge problem with you guys using my shots of Ricky Gervais that appeared in the Sunday Times…

    http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Sunday_Times

    …but I do insist that you add my copyright to all images…©Brad Trent will do nicely...Thanks!



    Brad Trent 
    753 St. Nicholas Avenue
    New York NY 10031
    212-627-2147
    http://www.bradtrent.com

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  • Hi! I see you found a lot of stuff. Could you mention it on my wall when you find stuff? Sometimes I don't see it right away, and something cool happened. When I saw your stuff, I went to eBay to see if I could see the back cover of the Australian SS1, and that led me to a whole new set of Australian CD reissues that came out last year that I never knew about before! I tried to go to Amazon.com.au, but they don't sell CD's for some reason! So I found the shop for ABC (their Australian Broadcasting Network), and there are a whole bunch of CD's that look like Koch version covers of Sony Wonder stuff, that we never got on Koch here! If that's confusing, the page is here so you can look at it for fun. And here I was stuck with nothing to do until the movie soundtrack comes out!

    By the way, here's one of them, so I can start figuring out catalog numbers! It's funny how other countries are still making SS CD's, while we've given up and put everything on downloads, which I'm not crazy about. I know they're convenient, but it's not the same.

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    • Thanks for the tape! I counted between 25 and 30 Sony Wonder titles, depending on whether you count Elmo in Grouchland and the Christmas titles. So I think they're going to make it! As far as availability, I think that website is like ordering it from the record company, since ABC Music is part of the ABC network. So once they don't have them in stock, they will still be available through all of the regular online and physical stores for years to come. Now with things like eBay and Amazon, I still see things all the way back to 1970. Oh yeah, have you heard that Disney is going to put The Muppet Movie back on LP for this year's Record Store Day in April? I don't need it, but it's fun to read about!

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    • Ooh. Muppet Movie! I have no way to play LPs ... but that soundtrack was always my favorite; I was so happy when it came back out on CD and I could finally afford to replace my (much loved and well-used) cassette.

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  • Or Atlantic Canadians. Anyway, I finally saw the 2 45's from Movie and Caper here and here. They're promos, but I haven't seen real ones yet. I made places for them on International Muppet Singles.

    By the way, did you know that issues of Sesame Street Music Magazine used to come with a record? And that they have Big Bird, Oscar, and Prairie Dawn on them? I'll be writing them up soon!

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    • Hey cool! I've added them to the page.

      I didn't know that about the magazine coming with records. Have you seen any of them?

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    • I found 7 records, and I'm writing up what's on them, but it would be even better to be able to write up the magazine content to match, like the very first one is. One of our members was working on that, but she hasn't been around in a while. Meanwhile I'm trying to find back issues, or at least figure out if we've got all of the covers. One of the reasons that these records intrigue me is that they overlap with the book and record sets (and after 1983, book and tape sets), and it seems like Fran Brill and Caroll Spinney were the most available to do these, since a lot of other people were working on Fraggle Rock and other Muppet stuff during this period. I think the Big Bird Story Magic tapes were during this period, too!

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  • Hey, I thought you might like to see how the Gordon book and record sets were sold. There's a sealed one on eBay here, and it looks like they shrink-wrapped the record in the picture sleeve to the back cover of the paperback book. Unfortunately, it was already sold when I saw it, but I thought it was cool to actually see a sealed copy!

    I hope we find some rare items this year, and also unravel some of the mysteries that we've been stumped on since the beginning of the wiki. And as always, thanks for all of your help!

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    • Hey! Happy New Year to you too!

      That's pretty efficient packaging actually. I like it :) My fun find yesterday was this. A croatian (serbian?) language muppet babies sticker book. I ran out of time to post it. I still cannot believe there is so much to find after 8 years

      I am holding out for finally uncovering a picture of the True Blue Miracle single :).

      And thank you for all your work sorting through the details of the record releases; I remember when we first started the discography page and it was so... simple :)

      Hope you had happy holidays...

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    • Wow, that's neat! Do we know if they got Muppet Babies in their country? I still can't figure out what seem to be releases of early Sesame records in countries that weren't showing the show. I guess they were just marketed as stand-alone educational records.

      Yeah, we're missing Disco Frog, too. The weird thing is the other 5 disco 45's are on eBay all the time, except that one. Maybe, even though it was the second to last one numerically, they pressed less quantities of that one, as the label was getting ready to stop making 45's. I still don't know why they stopped making them, and yet kept making LP's for 4 more years, and then, on top of that, they just started the small book and record sets out of nowhere in 1981, when Disney had been making similar ones since 1965! I've always thought Sesame 7" book and record sets would have been a natural since the beginning of the show, but for some reason they waited for 11 years. Can you imagine what a record of The Monster at the End of This Book with Frank Oz would have been like?

      Anyway, on True Blue Miracle, that was only in print for one Christmas, so that might be why it's so rare. But I'm still hoping to find it too!

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    • I'm pretty sure a record of "The Monster at the End of this book" with Frank Oz would be something I'd want....

      And I have no idea if they had muppet babies in their country... except why else have a sticker book with a customized name for them? The seller says it was published in "ex Yugoslavia", they are located in Serbia and the language google chooses when I type in some of the text from the book is croatian. I'm not 100% sure what the market actually was :p

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  • Hi Wendy! Can you tell me about the share icons you added to MediaWiki:Wikia.js? You wrote that they were for SEO, but I don't understand the connection. I haven't seen those on any other wiki -- are they new?

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    • I'm sorry; I think we crossed wires on this. Scott told me that you'd sent an email, but my email address has changed. I'll send you an email with my new address. Sorry for coming at this in a weird way.

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    • I'm sorry also - I should have realized you hadn't seen the email from how you asked the first question here. It's all good.

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  • Well, after 6 years, I'm finally going to attempt to upload images. Can you help me with it when you have a chance? No rush, but I'm just letting you know that I'll be finally putting up a ton of 45's. Talk to you soon!

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    • Yaaaaaay!!! <waves kermit hands>

      I don't think it's hard to read, but perhaps all those years of squinting at ebay pictures has warped me.  :)

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    • Okay, if it looks like all of the other ones, I'll start doing others the same way. I also have the pictures for those 45 sets that came in a bag!

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  • Hi Wendy! Why are you now editing as a bot? That effectively makes your edits invisible in Recent Changes and Wiki Activity.

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    • Yup. I deleted ~150 unused files this morning and didn't want to flood Recent Changes.

      I plan to do more later (we have over 1000 in the report) so I didn't undo the bot flag.

      And the only other edit I did was to respond to Ken's (and your) messages on my wall which I figured could slide. I'm sorry if it alarmed you. I would un-bot before doing real edits.

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    • Thanks Wendy! I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a glitch or something.

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