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Sesamstraatlp
Songs from Sesamstraat
Released 1985
Format LP
Label WSP
Cat no. WSP 16034

This soundtrack album for Sesamstraat, the Dutch co-production of Sesame Street, was distributed by Weton-Wesgram in 1985. A reissue of this album was made in 1993 and in 1996.

Sesamstraat Is Jarig (It's Sesamstraat's Birthday) was released in honor of Sesamstraat's tenth anniversary. Besides the celebrating storyline, the album featured the best songs from recent seasons. It was also available on cassette.

As the album opens, Sesamstraat is celebrating its birthday. There's a parade in the street, kids everywhere, and even an airplane with a flag "Long Live Sesamstraat". Frank interviews Reporter Tommie, who is on location to witness the arrival of the Sesamstraat cast. But after a while, Tommie gets worried: he would love to join the party, but he has to stay outside for his reporting duties! Luckily, there's still enough cake and lemonade left when Tommie and Frank finally join the party for a big singalong session.

Track listing

Side One

  1. 'n Kuiken Is Geen Kip (A Chick Is Not a Chicken) - Frank
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Hans Dorrestijn
  2. Visje (Fishie) - Tommie
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  3. Schommel (Swing) - Lex
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  4. Speeltuin (Playground) - Pino
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  5. Bloot In De Boot (Naked In the Boat) - Rudy
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Fetze Pijlman
  6. Rijm (Rhyme) - Gerard
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Marjanne van Nieuwpoort
  7. Lepel (Spoon) - Gerda
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Willem Wilmink
  8. Als Ik Later Groot Ben (When I Grow Up) - Frank
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis

Side Two

  1. Sesamstraat Is Jarig (It's Sesamstraat's Birthday) - Everyone
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Willem Wilmink
  2. M'n Vader (My Father) - Aart
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  3. Poesje (Kitty) - Sien
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  4. Prijs (Prize) - Frank with Tommie, Ieniemienie and Pino
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  5. In Bad (Taking a Bath) - Rudy
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  6. Taksi - Esther
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  7. Bal (Ball) - Ieniemienie
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  8. Feest (Party) - Ieniemienie
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis
  9. Vergrootglas (Magnifying Glass) - Frank
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Willem Wilmink
  10. Mug (Musquieto) - Tommie
    Music by Harry Bannink, Lyrics by Theo Olthuis

Other releases

Cast

Music

Production credits

Trivia

  • Although released as a tenth anniversary album, this album was originally based on a TV special celebrating the 2500th episode in 1984. There were a few minor differences in the script, including the role of Gerda: in the TV special, she made her debut as a cameo character. By the time this record album was produced, she was a part of the regular cast. The album also features a few different songs.
  • All songs are from regular Sesamstraat episodes from the mid-80's, except "Sesamstraat Is Jarig", which was written as the finale number for the anniversary special.
  • This is the only specially recorded album featuring (almost) the entire cast together. Esther Prins, Rudi Kuhn and Gerard Kuster left the show in 1988. Lex Goudsmit passed away in 1999. Gerard is not credited on the album: he sings the song "Rijm", but is strangely referred to as Frank (Groothof). Paula was a main character at the time, but she was absent from both the album and the TV special.
  • A cat named Dikkie Dik appears on the record album. He is a children's book character, created by Jet Boeke. Dikkie Dik picture stories are often featured on Sesamstraat: the actors would read them to children visiting the set. On the album, he is mentioned as an actual cat: on the show, he only appeared on the street once (as an animated character) when Jet Boeke visited the street.

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