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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1971
Format LP
Label Columbia Records
Cat no. CC 25503
1971 Muppet Alphabet Album ad

1971 magazine ad.

The Muppet Alphabet Album was the first Sesame Street album that was hosted solely by the Muppets without assistance from the human cast. It was originally packaged in a gatefold sleeve, featuring visualizations of each letter of the alphabet by Smollin Associates. The original package contained 26 small punch-out letter-shaped books illustrating the songs, plus a letter-shaping pipe cleaner, a blackboard and chalk. The songs from this album were also released on seven consecutively numbered 45-rpm, 7-inch records. The album was also released simultaneously on a "Carry About" boxed set of 45s. The LP edition reached #189 on Billboard's Top LP's chart in early 1972. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children, but it lost to the cast album from The Electric Company.

The 1976 reissue dropped the inserts, and the gatefold contained new "Learn Your Letters" artwork which did not directly correspond to the content of the songs. In 1977, the album was reissued as part of the 3-LP boxed set, Letters, Numbers and Signs.

This album was reissued many times over the years on records, cassettes and 8-tracks, sometimes with slight title changes. More recently, a new CD and cassette edition was released, under the title Sing the Alphabet, with some minor changes (see below for details).

Track listing

Side One

  1. The Opening - Cast
  2. The Sound of the Letter A * - Big Bird
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  3. Oscar's B Sandwich - Oscar
    Music by Joe Raposo, Lyrics by Jerry Juhl
  4. C Is for Cookie * - Cookie Monster
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  5. Dee, Dee, Dee * - Ernie
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  6. E What's My Letter * - Guy Smiley and Prairie Dawn
    Written by Jerry Juhl, Music by Joe Raposo
  7. Four Furry Friends - Grover, Herry Monster, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  8. Two G Sounds * - Grover and George
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  9. Ha Ha - Harvey Kneeslapper, Herry Monster and Big Bird
    Music by Joe Raposo, Lyrics by Jerry Juhl
  10. I Stand Up Straight and Tall * - Grover
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  11. J Friends * - The Anything Muppets
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  12. K Herbert's Silly Poem - Herbert Birdsfoot
    Written by Jerry Juhl, Music by Joe Raposo
  13. La, La, La * - Bert and Ernie
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  14. M-M-M Monster Meal * - Herry Monster and Cookie Monster
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  15. The Noodle Story - Big Bird and Oscar
    Written by Jerry Juhl, Music by Joe Raposo

Side Two

  1. Would You Like to Buy an O? * - Lefty the Salesman and Ernie
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  2. P My Favorite Letter * - The Anything Muppets
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  3. The Question Song * - Grover and a Little Girl
    Music by Jeff Moss, Lyrics by Jerry Juhl
  4. The R Machine - Ernie and Bert
    Written by Jim Henson
  5. Sammy the Snake * - Sammy
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  6. The Tale of Tom Tattertall Tuttletut - Herbert Birdsfoot and the Anything Muppets
    Written by Jerry Juhl, Music by Joe Raposo
  7. U Lecture - Professor Hastings
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  8. Very, Very Special Letter - Big Bird
    Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
  9. The National Association of W Lovers * - Bert
    Music by Joe Raposo, Lyrics by Jerry Juhl
  10. X Marks the Spot! * - Sherlock Hemlock
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  11. Y Just Because - Grover and a Little Girl
    Written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, Music by Joe Raposo
  12. The Zizzy Zoomers * - the Anything Muppets
    Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
  13. The Closing - Cast
* this track is known to have been performed on the show

Edits

On some later non-record editions of this album, the following section of dialogue has been cut from the end of side 2, after Big Bird says, "What's the alphabet?" and everybody groans:

Bert: Well, don't just sit there. Turn the record over and let's start again.
Big Bird: Hey, if they turn the record over, won't we all fall off?

Then the closing music plays, on all versions.

Other releases

International releases

Sing the Alphabet

Sing the Alphabet (CD)
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Songs from Sesame Street
Released 1996
Format CD
Label Sony Wonder
Cat no. LK 67747
LK 67748

Released in 1996, Sing the Alphabet is a retitled CD and cassette reissue of The Muppet Alphabet Album. The opening and closing dialogue tracks from the original album are included. The opening is combined with "The Sound of the Letter A", and the closing, which is combined with "The Zizzy Zoomers," omits some dialogue mentioning that this is a record album (see "Edits" section above). This version of the album opens with a remake of ABC-DEF-GHI, sung by Elmo, and includes a lyric booklet.

This album was reissued on CD by Koch Records on March 4, 2008. The re-released album included the same track listing; however, it featured new cover art.

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