The Muppet Christmas Carol (Soundtrack album)
Louise Gold featured as one of the Muppet Performers, produced by Jim Henson Records BMG KIDZ, recorded at CTS Studios Wembley in 1992, reissued by Walt Disney Records in 2005. Soundtrack album for the film The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Catalogue number: (Jim Henson Records/ BMG KIDZ CD - Canadian Pressing with full sleeve notes) 74860 30017-2, (Jim Henson Records/BMG Kidz, - Canadian Pressing with short sleeve notes) BG2 30017, (BMG KIDZ CD - German Pressing) 7432112194-2, (BMG KIDZ Cassette) 74869 30017-4, (Walt Disney Records CD) 61414-7.
Muppet Performers - Dave Goelz,
Scrooge - Michael Caine
Belle - Meredith Braun
Cover version singer - Martina McBride
Background Vocals - Miriam Stokely, Mae McKenna, Carol Kenyon, Nick Curtis, Peter Becket, Lindsay Benson, and, Phillipp Nicholl
Original Songs by -
Score by - Miles Goodman
Arrangements - Miles Goodman and Oscar Castro-Neves
Additional arranging - Chris Caswell
Ms McBride’s arranger - David Spinoza
Executive Producer - Robert Kraft
Ms McBride’s producers - Josh Leo and Robert Kraft
Songs co-produced by -
Track Listing (CD)
1. Overture (by
3. Room In Your Heart (by
4. Good King Wenceslas (traditional) - Muppet Brass Buskers
5. One More Step Till Christmas (by
6. Marley And Marley (by
7. Christmas past (by Miles Goodman) - Instrumental
8. Chairman Of The Board (by
9. Fozziwig’s Party (by Chris Caswell) - Dr Teeth and Electric Mayhem (instrumental)
10. When Love Is Gone (by
11. It Feels Like Christmas (by
12. Christmas Scat (by
13. Bless Us All (by
14. Christmas Future (by Miles Goodman) - Instrumental
15. Christmas Morning (by Miles Goodman) - Instrumental
16. Thankful Heart (by
17. Finale - When Love Is Found / It Feels Like Christmas (by
18. When Love Is Gone (by
The Cassette has the same listing as the CD, with Tracks 1 to 10 on Side A and Tracks 11 to 18 on Side B. If getting the CD version at least , the Canadian pressing with full sleeve notes 74860 30017-2, is to be preferred, because the sleeve notes are much more informative (containing the lyrics to all the songs).
This is the soundtrack album for the film The Muppet Christmas Carol, all the performers, and most of the production team on it also worked on the film itself.
Dave Goelz, and, Steve
Whitmire went on to feature on the album A
Green And Red Christmas, for which Louise
performers Frank Oz,
performers Frank Oz,
performers: Louise Gold, Dave Goelz,
The singing talents of: Nick Curtis, Carol Kenyon, Miriam Stockley, and of course Louise Gold, can also be found on Spitting Image.
Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, and, Mike Quinn puppeteered on The Dark Crystal, for which Jerry Nelson did some voice-work.
Henson, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz,
brilliant Muppet singing double act
Louise Gold, and, Mike Quinn
had previously puppeteered on the UK Co-Production of
Fraggle Rock, for
Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz did a guest puppeteering appearance.
Brian Henson went on to produce Mopatop’s Shop.
The Muppet Performers on this album, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Brian Henson,
Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Steve Whitmire, and, David Rudman puppeteered on Sesame Street (in the early 1990s).
Muppet Performers Frank
Brian Henson appeared in the documentary The Wonderful World Of Puppets.
Meredith Braun went on to take part in CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration.
Steve Whitmire probably puppeteered Kermit The Frog on ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows.
Louise Gold, and, Brian Henson went on to puppeteer together on That Puppet Game Show.
Louise Gold, and, David Rudman went on to puppeteer together on The Furchester Hotel.
Of the albums from the various Muppet movies,
this is probably my favourite. It is a lovely score mainly by
All the numbers are more than listenable to, although some are, to my mind, much better than others. When Love Is Gone was clearly meant to be the big romantic hit of the film, like Rapso’s The First Time It Happens in The Great Muppet Caper, but I don’t think it quite succeeded, although it is by no means a bad song. Similarly Room In Your Heart, although given a good performance by Steve Whitmire and Dave Goelz, is a nice Muppet number, but not that remarkable. It is however worth noting how much Dave Goelz’s musical performance has improved since the early days of The Muppet Show. Then there is Good King Wenceslas, which is well performed and great in setting the scene, and makes a nice Muppety Christmasy accompaniment. Chairman Of The Board is lyrically very interesting, and nicely sung by Frank Oz, it provides a lovely possible insight into how people’s perceptions might perhaps be shaped by their early experiences. Experienced muppeteers Jerry Nelson and Dave Goelz lead the cast in Marley And Marley, which is a great reminder of what happens when the Muppets get hold of a classic story, and perform it very well in their own unique muppety way.
It is the Muppeteers themselves who are the real stars of this soundtrack album. Stepping literally into Jim Henson’s role, of Kermit The Frog, Steve Whitmire gets his real moment of glory with One More Step Still Christmas. It is a lovely summation of Christmas Eve, and would be a great song to play on that day. But for anyone who likes the Muppets, the number does something much greater; it is a new beginning, for Kermit. Steve Whitmire displays a real Henson-like quality with this number, and yet at the same time he does the character in his own way, it is not an imitation, more an interpretation, but one that is very close to the original (his Muppet-colleague Louise Gold often achieves a similar sort of effect when she sings songs written for Ethel Merman, very similar to the original, but without actually being an imitation). Another soloist is that wonderful Muppet singer Jerry Nelson, who gets two wonderful opportunities to shine, and exercise his considerable vocal talents. As his performances of, such songs as: While My Guitar Gently Weeps and New York State Of Mind, as Floyd Pepper, not to mention Halfway Down The Stairs as Robin The Frog, on The Muppet Show proved, Jerry Nelson can be a very emotional singer. But on this soundtrack with Bless Us All he excels himself, I can’t help but cry every time I listen to it. This time it sounds like he really truly means it, he is singing absolutely in character, and is the character of Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. He sings with such feeling it is as if there is something much more than just acting in that performance.
Two of the most fun numbers on the film are just
the Muppets being the Muppets doing a jolly film. The first of these is Scrooge, which gives most of the Muppeteers a chance to show their individual and collective
talents. Frank Oz has a few memorable lines, including the opening one,
and later on one about a crust of bread. Louise Gold is next, for once
she actually has an excuse to do English-accented Muppets, and gosh does she
get the most out of her lines “But there’s nothing in nature that freezes
your heart like years of being alone”. Meanwhile
All in all, for anyone who enjoys the spirit and
the musical talents of the Muppets in general (and Jerry Nelson in
particular, along with: Steve Whitemire, Louise
Links about The Muppet Christmas Carol (Soundtrack album)
Muppet Wiki’s page for the album: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Christmas_Carol_%28CD%29