Along with re-releasing the classic Muppet films on DVD to celebrate Kermit’s 50th anniversary (and the Muppets now under the Disney brand), Disney plans on re-releasing classic Muppet soundtracks too. As reported back in May, the next CD planned for release is a Christmas album in time for Christmas 2005. Well, Walt Disney Records has just announced that they plan on re-releasing the complete soundtrack album to “The Muppet Christmas Carol” later this month.
The “Special Edition” soundtrack will feature the wonderful and beautiful album versions of the film’s 11 songs (written by Paul Williams) – two of which did not make it to the final film! Plus the CD holds 6 instrumental tracks from the film’s score, plus the Martina McBride version of “When Love is Gone” (heard over the closing credits). The 18 track CD (an exact re-release of the 1992 limited issue CD from Disney Records) will be in stores on November 22, 2005 (one week before the 4 classic Muppet films, including "Christmas Carol", will be re-released on DVD). The soundtrack holds a suggested retail price of just $12.98 (which brings a sigh of relief to fans who have seen the old now out-of-print release going for upwards of $70 on some sites).
Walt Disney Records says they hope to re-release more Muppet soundtracks and albums in 2006 (and beyond) as Kermit’s 50th celebration continues throughout the end of 2006. Some insiders state that a deal was established with The Muppet Holding Company for at least another two (if not more) CD releases in 2006. I’ll keep you posted as more develops on that, but be sure to pick up the masterpiece soundtrack of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” this holiday season (after all it’s only 50 more sleeps ‘till Christmas).
1. Overture (Instrumental)
2. Scrooge (The Muppets)
3. Room In Your Heart (Bunsen & Beaker)
4. Good King Wenceslas (Instrumental)
5. One More Sleep 'Til Christmas (Kermit)
6. Marley And Marley (Statler & Waldorf)
7. Christmas Past (Instrumental)
8. Chairman Of The Board (Sam Eagle)
9. Fozziwig's Party (Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem)
10. When Love Is Gone (Belle)
11. It Feels Like Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Present)
12. Christmas Scat (Kermit & Robin)
13. Bless Us All (Robin, Kermit, Piggy and family)
14. Christmas Future (Instrumental)
15. Christmas Morning (Instrumenal)
16. Thankful Heart (Scrooge)
17. Finale - When Love Is Found/It Feels Like Christmas (Scrooge & the Muppets)
18. When Love Is Gone (Martina McBride)