John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together

Posted 11 years ago by Music

Let’s talk Muppets.  The Muppets have always gone hand-and-hand with Christmas to me over the years, and thats about 33% because of  A Christmas Together.  I’ll explain the other percentages in upcoming posts. Consider it a trilogy.

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This album originally came out in 1979, as a soundtrack to a TV special of the same name, which supposedly really exists. It’s never been released on home video, and probably never will now that Disney owns the Muppets.

I remember picking up this album at Sam’s Club as a child and listening to it every year. Looking back on it now, there are a few songs I always skipped, but its a good listen during the holiday season.

Highlights

  • 12 Days of Christmas – Pretty much what you’d expect a Muppet version of this song to sound like. Miss Piggy yelling “Five Gold Rings, buh-dum-dum-dum” is classic.
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – (Rowlf the Dog/John Denver) This is my favorite Christmas tune, and possibly my favorite version of the song. Rowlf’s scratchy voice plus the musicians’ piano playing are a perfect match.
  • Christmas is Coming – (Piggy, Scooter, Gonzo, and Robin)  Only a highlight because it’s not a long, drawn out, sappy song.
  • Little Saint Nick – (Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem) I actually prefer this version to the original Beach Boys song. You’ve got to love the Electric Mayhem. I wish they had recorded tons of cheesy cover albums that I could use writing articles as an excuse to buy.

There are other good tracks, but there are also a few worth skipping, depending on your tastes. The Peace Carol is cool, Little Alphie, not so much. Regardless, it’s a part of my nostalgia, which means it will mean something to me the rest of my life, whether I want it to or now. Thats the crazy thing about memories.

What are some Christmas albums you grew up with? Chipmunks? Boyz II Men? Don’t be ashamed, let me know in the comments!