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When Sesame Street began to produce albums and singles in the early 1970's, they also created some sets of singles that were released in special custom boxes, or in a small plastic bag with a handle. These sets sometimes had unique artwork.

The Sesame Street Carry About

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1970
Format 45 RPM boxed set
Label Columbia Records
Cat no. CCA 24509 (early pressings)
CC 24509 (later pressings)

This boxed set contains songs from The Sesame Street Book & Record, and includes the singles CC 75001, CC 75002, CC 75003, CC 75004, CC 75005, and CC 75006. These singles were also sold separately. The cardboard books and picture sleeves sold with the singles were included in this boxed set.

3 New Books & Records

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1970
Format 45 RPM set
Label Columbia Records
Cat no. CC 74005

This set of 3 singles comes in a plastic bag with a handle, and the songs are from The Sesame Street Book & Record. It includes the singles CC 75007, CC 75008, and CC 75009, all of which were also sold separately. The cardboard books and picture sleeves sold with the singles were included in this set.


The Official Sesame Street 2 Book-and-Records Tote Box

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1971
Format 45 RPM boxed set
Label Warner Bros. Records
Cat no. PP 101

This boxed set of 4 extended-play 45 RPM records includes all of the songs from The Official Sesame Street 2 Book-and-Record Album, and was unusual, because Warner Bros. did not normally release boxed sets in this format. Since Carry About was a trademark of Columbia Records for its 45 RPM boxed sets, the label called its version a Tote Box. The set contained smaller versions of all the material included with the LP version, which included a 28-page illustrated color booklet with lyrics of all of the songs, a sheet of stickers with pictures of various Sesame Street characters, and a sheet of Sesame Street signs that could be punched out.

These 45's were not sold except as part of the set, and thus do not carry individual record numbers. Each record has two numbered sides; somewhat surprisingly, this was done so that sides 1 & 8, 2 & 7, 3 & 6, and 4 & 5 were paired together so that they could be placed on a record changer instead of a single-play turntable. The songs are as follows:

The Muppet Alphabet Carry About

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1971
Format 45 RPM boxed set
Label Columbia Records
Cat no. CC 25504

This boxed set contains all of the songs from The Muppet Alphabet Album. The singles are numbered CC 75037, CC 75038, CC 75039, CC 75040, CC 75041, CC 75042, and CC 75043. The singles were also sold individually with cardboard books and picture sleeves that were not included in the boxed set.

The entire set was later sold on the Sesame Street Records label (see next entry).

The Muppet Alphabet Album 45 set

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 197?
Format 45 RPM set
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. 643-6562

All of the above singles were later sold as a set on Sesame Street Records, but with the regular Sesame Street sign logo on the labels. The singles are numbered JCP 7101, JCP 7102, JCP 7103, JCP 7104, JCP 7105, JCP 7106, and JCP 7107.

Havin' Fun with Ernie & Bert's Carry About

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Songs from
Released 1973
Format 45 RPM boxed set
Label Columbia Records
Cat no. CC 25505

This boxed set contains all of the songs from Havin' Fun with Ernie & Bert. Although all of the songs included were also sold on separate singles, the groupings of songs on each record is different in this set. The singles are numbered ECC 75055, ECC 75056, ECC 75057, ECC 75058, and ECC 75059. The illustrations are by prolific Sesame illustrator Michael Smollin.

Ernie & Bert from Sesame Street

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Songs from
Released 1976
Format 45 RPM set
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. CTW 25550

This set of 7 singles comes in a plastic bag with a handle, and contains all of the songs from the Havin' Fun with Ernie & Bert album, but in different groupings from the set above. The singles are numbered CT 255501, CT 255502, CT 255503, CT 255504, CT 255505, CT 255506, and CT 255507.

Monster Hits from Sesame Street

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1976
Format 45 RPM set
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. CTW 25552

This set of 7 singles comes in a plastic bag with a handle, and contains some songs from The Sesame Street Monsters! album, as well as other classic songs sung by monsters. The singles are numbered CT 255521, CT 255522, CT 255523, CT 255524, CT 255525, CT 255526, and CT 255527.

Sesame Street LIVE!

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1976
Format 45 RPM set
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. CTW 25553

This set of 7 singles comes in a plastic bag with a handle, and contains all of the songs from the Sesame Street LIVE! album. The singles are numbered CT 255531, CT 255532, CT 255533, CT 255534, CT 255535, CT 255536, and CT 255537.

My First Sesame Street Record Collection

Several different collections of singles were released with this title, with different contents.

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1976
Format 45 RPM boxed set
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. JCP 69900

The first one contains songs from a variety of LPs. It includes singles numbered JCP 69901, JCP 69902, JCP 69903, JCP 69904, JCP 69905, JCP 69906, and JCP 69907. This set was originally released with all yellow labels, and in 1978, it was reissued with various colored labels.

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1976
Format 45 RPM boxed set
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. JCP 69900 B

The second one contains singles that had already been released in the regular singles series, and they include their original catalog numbers. These are numbered CTW 99004, CTW 99005, CTW 99006, CTW 99018, CTW 99030, and CTW 99031.

Untitled 45 RPM set about numbers

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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1979
Format 45 RPM set
Label Sesame Street Records
Cat no. 643-6703

This set contains all of the songs from the album Numbers!, as well as other songs about numbers taken from other albums.The singles are numbered JCP 7001, JCP 7002, JCP 7003, JCP 7004, JCP 7005, JCP 7006, and JCP 7007.

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