Great Muppet Caper (Soundtrack album)
Louise Gold featured as a Muppet Performer, providing background vocals, recorded in 1981.
Catalogue number: (LP) ATLANTIC SD 16047, (Single) ATLANTIC 3829, (Cassette) 74321 18246 4, (CD) 74321 18246-2, it is possible there may have been versions with different numbers catalogue numbers (especially of the cassette). Soundtack album for the film The Great Muppet Caper.
Kermit The Frog, Dr Teeth, Rowlf, Swedish Chef, Waldof - Jim Henson
Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy , Animal,
Floyd, Pops, Robin The Frog - Jerry Nelson
Scooter, Sweetums, Statler, Janice, Beaker - Richard Hunt
The Great Gonzo, Zoot, Dr Bunsen Honeydew - Dave Goelz
Rizzio The Rat, Lips - Steve Whitmire
Muppet Performers - Louise Gold, and, Kathryn Mullen
Miss Piggy’s Tap Work - Anita Mann
Nicky - ? Charles Grodin*
Album Producer - Joe Raposo
Album Executive Producer - Jim Henson
Music and Lyrics - Joe Raposo
Orchestra Conductors - Joe Raposo and Marcus Dods
Cover illustration (LP) - Drew Struzan
Album Designer (LP) -
Sleeve Photography (LP) - John E Barrett
Note: ‘Cast’ in the listing below refers to the Muppet cast above.
CD: 74321 18246-2
1. The Main Title - Instrumental
2. Hey A Movie - Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo & Cast (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz and cast)
3. The Big Red Bus - Instrumental
4. Happiness Hotel - Pops and Cast (Jerry Nelson and cast)
5. Lady Holiday - Instrumental
6. Steppin’ Out With A Star - Kermit, Fozzie, and, Gonzo (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and, Dave Goelz)
7. The Apartment - Instrumental
8. Night Life - Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem (Jim Henson with: Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and, Steve Whitmire)
9. The First Time It Happens - Kermit & Miss Piggy, and, Cast (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, and cast)
10. Couldn’t We Ride - Kermit, Miss Piggy, and, Cast (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Cast)
11. Piggy’s Fantasy - Kermit The Frog, Nicky, and Cast (Jim Henson, ‘Charles Grodin’, and cast)
12. The Great Muppet Caper
The Heist - Instrumental
The Muppet Fight Song - Cast
Muppets To The Rescue - Instrumental
13. Homeward Bound - Instrumental
14. Finale: Hey A Movie - Cast
15. Reprise: The First Time It Happens - Kermit & Miss Piggy (Jim Henson & Frank Oz)
Single:(Atlantic Records) 3829
The First Time It Happens - Kermit & Miss Piggy, and, Cast (Jim Henson & Frank Oz, and cast)
Steppin’ Out With A Star - Kermit, Fozzie, and, Gonzo (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and, Dave Goelz)
The Cassette 74321 18246 4 and the LP ATLANTIC SD 16047, follow the same listing as the CD 74321 18246-2, with tracks 1 to 8 on Side A, and tracks 9 to 15 on Side B.
Promotional (or promo) copies of the Atlantic Records Single 3829 were made, these had the same A Side as the eventual single for sale, or The First Time It Happens. However, the B Side did not contain Steppin’ Out With A Star, instead it was simply a repeat of the A Side The First Time It Happens.
This is the soundtrack album for the film The Great Muppet Caper. all the performers in it, and most of the production team ( were involved with that film itself.
* Towards the end of the film Miss Piggy (Frank Oz) remarks that Nicky (Charles Grodin)’s singing was dubbed. The Webmaster has not so far been able to locate any source that says whether this was the case or not, therefore it is uncertain as to whether it is Charles Grodin singing on the Piggy’s Fantasy number, but if it is not, then the webmaster does not know who it is.
The eight main
puppeteers in the film The Great Muppet Caper, featured
as The Muppet cast on this album, had all worked together as The
Muppet Show Eight, that is the eight main puppeteers on The Muppet Show, where they all sang
frequently. The album designer
Show Eight are also all featured
on the album: Favorite
Songs From Jim Henson’s Muppets (which includes recordings of Happiness
Hotel and The First Time It Happens from this film
soundtrack), Muppet Music Mix ((although Louise
Gold seems to be uncredited) which includes The First Time It Happens
from this film soundtrack); Muppet Music
Sampler (which includes The First Time It happens from this
firm soundtrack) and Music Mayhem And More
The Muppet Show Eight are also featured on Muppet Hits 1 and Muppet Hits 2 (although Kathryn Mullen and Steve Whitmire seem to have been uncredited), Put Some Zing In Your Spring, John Denver & The Muppets A Christmas Together, John Denver & The Muppets Merry Christmas 45RPM, Christmas For Kids, John Denver Christmas and of course on the Muppet Show Music Album. They also puppeteered on The Muppets Go To The Movies; and featured as themselves on the television documentary Of Muppets And Men.
performers Jim Henson, Frank Oz,
performers: Frank Oz,
performers Frank Oz,
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve
Whitmire, Louise Gold, and, Kathryn Mullen puppeteered on The Dark Crystal, for which
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, and, Steve Whitmire, and, Kathryn Mullen puppeteered on Labyrinth.
Louise Gold, Richard Hunt,
Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz also did a guest-puppeteering appearance.
Louise Gold, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, and, Steve Whitmire went on to puppeteer on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.
Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen,
Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt went on to puppeteer on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.
Steve Whitmire probably puppeteered on ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows.
by Emma Shane
The real joy of this album is hearing what is possibly Joe Raposo’s best score, sung by a group of people who really know how to perform his work, Jim Henson’s Muppeteers. Joe Raposo was one of those latter-day songwriters (like Dan Goggin and Denis King) who could really write in that good old-fashioned musical smash style, (A style not dissimilar to that of writers such as Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, and, Harry Warren.) Yet at the same time he combines that with a little modernisation all his own.
Talented British singing-actress-cum-puppeteer Louise Gold contributes her strong muppety backing vocals to several tracks (such as: Couldn’t We Ride, Hey A Movie, Happiness Hotel, and in particular The First Time It Happens and The Muppet Fight Song), in much the same way as she did to The Muppet Show.
Piggy’s Fantasy is quite an interesting counterpoint song, and Jim Henson handles it nicely as Kermit The Frog, I’m not quite sure who is singing Nicky’s (Charles Grodin’s character), though this is quite passable, the number really belongs to Jim Henson.
The award winning The First Time It Happens is indeed a lovely number, although I personally really like Jim Henson’s delightful rendering of the Fred Astaire tribute Steppin’ Out with A Star.
For me three songs really stand out as firm favourites. Happiness Hotel is a wonderfully silly number that only the Muppets could’ve done, and is lead by that expert Muppet-vocalist (and my second-favourite singing-muppeteer) the ever-brilliant Jerry Nelson. The track is also notable, if you listen carefully, in that I think it is just possible pick out Steve Whitemire’s vocals. The Muppet Fight Song, though far to short, is a great little anthem for them and a neat twist on football songs. It actually reminds me a lot of one of Cole Porter’s early triumphs, Bulldog. Perhaps the best song of all, however, is Hey A Movie. It just seems to sum up the album and indeed this Muppet film up perfectly.
The sleeve for the LP record is rather amusing,
in that is depicts various spoof newspaper columns, I particularly liked the
bit quoting Inspector M Frith of Scotland Yard. The name is of course
that of the album cover’s own designer
If you like good fun show tunes, or, The Muppets, then this is definitely an album to try and get hold of. Personally, I prefer the CD version, because that way one can pick and choose which track to listen to. They do vary and some tracks may be more enjoyable than others, but that is a matter of taste. Overall it is great fun.
Links about The Great Muppet Caper Soundtrack album
Muppet Wiki’s page for the album: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Great_Muppet_Caper_%28LP%29