April Fools: New Muppet album coming fall 2013!

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A few months ago I was interviewed for the booklet for an upcoming project, and I've been told a few other fans were as well, but Disney just now sent me an e-mail confirming what it was for and not only gave me the okay to tell you all online, but also a full press release on what it is. It'll be a miracle if other fans who were interviewed don't beat me to it.

Coming this fall (with a tentative November release date) is a new four-disc collection of Muppet music, tentatively titled "The Muppets Ultimate Music Collection: Too Good to be True!" In addition to four discs, there will be a special 130-page booklet, featuring the history of the Muppets (including interviews with Frank Oz, Jason Segal, Nick Stoller, Caroll Spinney, Paul Williams, Steve Whitmire, Neil Patrick Harris, Roger Langridge, Ken Lilly, and a number of online Muppet fans), lyrics and liner notes for all of the songs, and a visual guide to all of the Muppets.

Each of the four discs will be themed. Disc 1 will be all songs from The Muppet Show, including many unreleased-on-CD songs and many guest star numbers. Disc 2 will be songs from all of the movies, including two from the upcoming "The Muppets... Again!". Disc 3 will be songs from various specials as well as Muppet Babies. Disc 4 will be songs from The Jim Henson Hour, Muppets Tonight, and many miscellaneous productions.

The content will include:
Disc 1: The Muppet Show
1. "The Muppet Show Theme (unaired pilot version)"... The Muppets with Juliet Prowse
2. "Happy Feet"... Kermit and Frog Chorus
3. "What Now My Love?"... Miss Piggy
4. "Mahna Mahna"... Mahna Mahna and the Two Snowths
5. "Car Wash Blues"... Gonzo and the Chickens
6. "Whenever I Call You Friend"... Melissa Manchester and Floyd
7. "Just One Person"... Bernadette Peters and the Muppets
8. "Ugly"... The Monsters
9. "Rockin' Robin"... Janice
10. "Happy Together"... Florence Henderson and the Monsters
11. "Barnyard Boogie"... Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
12. "Sax and Violence"... Instrumental, sax solo by Zoot
13. "Witch Doctor"... Marvin Suggs and the Muppaphones
14. "Ukelelle Lady"... Kermit and Miss Piggy
15. "I've Got Rythym"... Fozzie and Rowlf
16. "Six String Orchestra"... Scooter
17. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"... Elton John and Miss Piggy
18. "The Cat Came Back"... Rowlf and the Dogs
19. "Hugga Wugga"... Three Aliens
20. "Bein' Green"... Kermit the Frog
21. "The Rhyming Song"... Fozzie, Scooter, Link Hogthrob, and Annie Sue
22. "Danny Boy"... The Swedish Chef, Animal, and Beaker
23. "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?"... The Gogalalla Jubilee Jugband
24. "We've Got Us"... Dom DeLuise and Miss Piggy with the Muppets
25. "*** Willow"... Rowlf and Sam the Eagle
26. "Two Lost Souls"... Robin and Sweetums
27. "Turn the World Around"... Harry Belafonte and the Muppets

Disc 2: Songs from the Movies
1."The Rainbow Connection"... Kermit the Frog
2. "Moving Right Along"... Kermit and Fozzie
3. "I Hope That Something Better Comes Along"... Kermit and Rowlf
4. "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday"... Gonzo
5. "Happiness Hotel"... The Muppets
6. "The First Time It Happens"... Kermit and Miss Piggy
7. "Couldn't We Ride"... Kermit and Miss Piggy
8. "Together Again"... Kermit and the Muppets
9. "You Can't Take No for an Answer"... Dr. Teeth
10. "Saying Goodbye"... The Muppets
11. "Rat Scat"... Rizzo the Rat
12. "Room in Your Heart"... Bunsen and Beaker
13. "Marley and Marley"... Statler and Waldorf
14. "It Feels Like Christmas"... The Ghost of Christmas Present
15. "Bless Us All"... Robin with Kermit and Miss Piggy
16. "Sailing for Adventure"... The Muppets with Tim Curry and Kevin Bishop
17. "Cabin Fever"... The Muppets
18. "Celebration"... The Alien Gonzos
19. "Life as a Pet"... Jack Rabbit and the Muppet Pets
20. "Everyone Matters"... Kermit and Gonzo
21. "When I'm With You"... Ashanti, Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Pepe
22. "The Witch is in the House"... Miss Piggy
23. "Pictures in my Head"... Kermit with Fozzie, Gonzo, The Swedish Chef, and The Electric Mayhem
24. "Man or Muppet"... Jason Segal and Walter
25. "Forget You"... Camilla and the Chickens
26. "Band on the Run".... Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
27. "Life Would Be Better If...."... Kermit and Constantine

Disc 3: Specials and Muppet Babies
1. "Frogs"... Kermit and the Frogs
2. "Love Ya to Death"... Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
3. "Hooray for Hollywood"... The Monsters
4. "Hey, a Movie!"... The Muppets
5. "Act Naturally"... Floyd and Janice
6. "Heat Wave"... Miss Piggy and the Penguins
7. "Love is a Simple Thing"... Wally and the Muppets with Mia Farrow
8. "Real Live Girl"... Mia Farrow and Thog
9. "There'll Be Some Changes Made Today"... Miss Piggy
10. "Doggin' It"... Rowlf and the Dogs
11. "Love in a Laundrymat"... Gonzo
12. "Rockin and Rollin Around the World"... Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
13. "Gone Fishin'"... John Denver and Floyd
14. "Take 'Em Away".... Lubbock Lou and His Jughuggers
15. "The Twelve Days of Christmas"... John Denver and the Muppets
16. "The Christmas Wish"... Kermit and John Denver
17. "Jingle Bell Rock"... Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
18. "What's in Your Heart?"... Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo, and Pepe.
19. "My Best Christmas Yet"... The Muppets
20. "Muppet Babies Theme"... Muppet Babies
21. "Dream for your Inspiration"... Muppet Babies
22. "Good Things Happen in the Dark"... Muppet Babies
23. "The Future is Counting on You"... Rowlf and Woorf
24. "The Semi-Weirdo Song"... Gonzo
25. "A Party for One Can Be Fun"... Fozzie and the Muppet Babies
26. "The Great and Beautiful Me"... Piggy and Gonzo
27. "You're Special to Me"... Rowlf

Disc 4: Miscellaneous Songs
1. The Jim Henson Hour Theme... Instrumental
2. "Neutron Dance"... The Extremes
3. "Sweet Vacation"... Kermit and the Muppets
4. "Jump for Your Love"... Smokey Robinson and the Muppets
5. "The Music Just Keeps Us Rolling Along"... Solid Foam
6. "Our Love is Here to Stay"... Dudley Moore and Miss Piggy
7. "Lift the One You Love"... Miss Piggy
8. "Little Muppet Monsters Theme"... Little Muppet Monsters
9. "Hey, You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear"... Fozzie Bear with P.J. and Kai-Lee
10. "Wishing Song"... Rowlf
11. "Lydia the Tattooed Lady"... Rowlf
12. "Over and Under"... Rowlf
13. "Muppets Tonight Theme"... Clifford
14. "Firefly"... Tony Bennett and Kermit
15. "Seymour and Pepe"... Seymour and Pepe
16. "Johnny, We Hardly Heard Ya" commercial... Johnny Fiama and Sal with the Announcer
17. "I'm a Believer"... Mickey Dolenz and Bobo the Bear
18. "Starfish and Coffee"... The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and the Muppets
19. "There's an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil"... The Muppets
20. "Kokomo"... Kermit and Miss Piggy
21. "She Drives Me Crazy"... Kermit and Miss Piggy
22. "All I Have to Do is Dream"... Linda Ronstadt and Kermit
23. "Bohemian Rhapsody"... The Muppets
24. "Merry Christmas, Baby"... Pepe
25. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"... Kermit the Frog
26. "I Believe"... Kermit the Frog
27. "All I Need is Love"... Cee Lo Green and the Muppets
APRIL FOOLS!
 

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I had this idea for an april fools joke around the time that "The Muppets" came out, but didn't do it last year.

There's a few things I wanted to put in this, but didn't. I wanted to list a few songs that weren't listed, including Raggmopp, Any Old Iron, The Varsity Drag, and the Pigs in Space segment that appeared on The Muppet Show 2 album. I also wanted to list a few songs from The Muppet Show on Tour, The Muppet Show on Tour 2, Here Comes the Muppets, and Days of Swine and Roses.

Just a few days ago I suddenly had a desire to say that all four discs would be dual-discs, with the DVD sides having video content, including most of the songs as they were broadcast, deleted scenes from the various productions (including the pilot versions of the first two TMS episodes), and the pre-show for Here Comes the Muppets. But chose not to do this.

As I was writing this, I thought about saying that the release would also be available in vinyl, but then decided not to.

The idea of the booklet including interviews/quotes by online fans was a last-minute idea (and provided some credibility).
 

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*chuckles* "Too Good to be True" indeed. good one. I love how the board software censored "Tit Willow".
 

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*chuckles* "Too Good to be True" indeed. good one. I love how the board software censored "Tit Willow".
I had no idea that would be censored, but I guess I've never seen that song title written in the forum. How'd you get it uncensored?

Dang it, with the "Too Good to be True" subtitle, I should have included "You're Just Too Good to be True" with Ruth Buzzi and Sweetums as one of the songs. I did think about listing that as a title for one of "The Muppets... Again " songs. In fact, as I was going to list some songs from the upcoming movie, I thought of quite a few things. I thought about listing a song with Pepe and some other characters, and thought about listing "The Name Game" with Mahna Mahna and a new character with a hard-to-say/hard-to-rhyme name.
 

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I had no idea that would be censored, but I guess I've never seen that song title written in the forum. How'd you get it uncensored?
Look closely at the typeface. :wink:
I thought about listing a song with Pepe and some other characters, and thought about listing "The Name Game" with Mahna Mahna and a new character with a hard-to-say/hard-to-rhyme name.
In a Tiny Toons Adventure they sang The Name Game with many of the characters. In the secret message in the closing credits they mentioned that Plucky was left out. Gee, I wonder why?
 

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Another thing I debated about was what version of the theme song to say would be included. I had also considered the Connie Stevens pilot version as well as the fan club 45 version.
 
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