- Released: March 4, 2008
- Label: Koch Records
Entertainment Weekly - 3/20/98, p.93
"This soundtrack to last month's ABC special that celebrated the Muppets' three decades in showbiz is larded with unremarkable renditions of classic Sesame Street tunes....only Shawn Colvin's collaboration with Ernie contains the subtle simplicity that is the cornerstone of all great preschool pop." - Rating: C-
- 1.Mambo I, I, I
- 2.I Want a Monster to Be My Friend
- 3.Zig Zag Dance
- 4.Nearly Missed
- 5.Just Happy to Be Me
- 6.I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
- 7.I Love Trash
- 8.Caribbean Amphibian
- 9.Happy to Meet You
- 10.One Small Voice
Personnel includes: Kevin Clash (Elmo, The All-Amphibian Band); Jerry Nelson (The Count, Herry Monster); Carmen Osbahr (Rosita); Steve Whitmire (Ernie, Kermit The Frog); Carroll Spinney (Big Bird); Joey Mazzarino, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Noel MacNeal (The All-Amphibian Band); Ivy Austin, Angela Capelli, Valerie Morris (The Oinker Sisters); Nate Albert, Saro Bdalian, Dicky Barrett, Dennis Brockenborough, Rosemary Butler, Anjeannette Chirino, Olga Chirino, Joe Gittleman, Jeff Gunn, Vangie Gunn, Kelly La Croix, Ed Mitchell, George Noriega, Carmen Twillie, Maxine Waters, The Children Of Polytechnic School (Pasadena, California) (background vocals); Gloria Estefan, En Vogue, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rosie O'Donnell, Fugees, Shawn Colvin, Steven Tyler, Kenny Loggins, Jimmy Buffett, Celine Dion.
Producers include: Randy Barlow, John Boylan, Thomas McElroy, Denzil Foster, Paul Q. Kolderie.
ELMOPALOOZA won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Musical Album For Children.
Personnel: The Children of Polytechnic School, Olga Chirino, Nate Albert , Jeff Gunn, Anjeannette Chirino, Dicky Barrett, Ed Mitchell , George Noriega, Vangie Gunn, Joe Gittleman, Kelly La Croix, Maxine Willard Waters, Rosemary Butler, Saro Badalian, Dennis Brockenborough, Carmen Twillie (background vocals).
The marriage of pop music and children's television has borne some serendipitous fruit over the years, from Josie & the Pussycats to Schoolhouse Rock. Continuing in that grand tradition is ELMOPALOOZA. This album is the audio companion piece to the TV special that celebrated the Muppets' 30th anniversary. The thing that differentiates this recording from those mentioned above is that it features collaborations between well-known pop stars and the Muppets themselves.
"Caribbean Amphibian" is every bit as much of a natural as it sounds like in this duet by Jimmy Buffett and Kermit the Frog. Sensual R&B vocal group En Vogue are bound to make some monsters very happy with their contribution "I Want A Monster To Be My Friend." Shawn Colvin delivers an unusually affecting performance of "I Want To Live On The Moon," with the vocal assistance of everyone's favorite little orange guy, Ernie.