Elmopalooza!

Artist Group: 
Various Artists
Publisher: 
Sony Wonder / CTW
UPC: 
074646343227
Publisher Catalog Number: 
LK 63432
Length in minutes: 
31

Format:

ISBN: 
1573306169
Large image: 
ASIN: 
B0000062EM
List Price: 
13.98
Rating: 
4
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
1998
Series: 
Sesame Street
Miscellaneous: 
Subjects??

Age Range:

Short Review: 
With a wide variety of musical styles, a diverse array of performers join some beloved Muppets to bring a new twist to favorite Sesame Street songs.
Long Review: 

Eleven favorite Sesame Street songs from Elmopalooza!, the television special celebrating 30 years of Sesame Street, are performed in a wide variety of musical styles by a diverse array of performers, with occasional backup performances by Elmo, Ernie, Kermit, Big Bird and other beloved Muppets. Though this CD’s title and front cover feature Elmo prominently, the selections don’t – the furry red Muppet sings backup on only two of the tracks and solos on the last song. Gloria Estefan gets things moving right away with her spirited rendition of “Mambo I, I, I”, the Fugees raps “Just Happy to Be Me”, and Shawn Colvin raises the sweetness quotient with her acoustic duet with Ernie on “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon.” The album reaches a crescendo with Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler scream-singing “I Love Trash” (which should bring back stadium rock concert memories to some parents!) This high decibel cover is followed by a charming Calypso duet by Jimmy Buffet and Kermit the Frog on “Caribbean Amphibian,” and even more mellow tunes sung by Celine Dion, and Kenny Loggins. The recording concludes with a catchy and sweetly simple song about “Songs” sung by Elmo – really the only track on the recording that recalls the Sesame Street 45s I used to listen to as a kid! The songs all contain the sweet silliness and positive messages we’ve come to know and love from Sesame Street tunes, but because of the range of musical styles and complex arrangements, the songs and performances here will probably appeal to children older than those normally attracted to Elmo.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer