A few weeks ago, we reported on a rumor that the soundtrack to the classic Jim Henson special Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas would, for the very first time, be released.  It was such exciting news not only because of how it hadn’t been done before, and not just because it’s a classic Muppet thing, and not just because it features music and lyrics by the incredible Paul Williams, but also because it’s so dang good!

We have spoken to the good folks at Varèse Sarabonde Records, and they have confirmed that there is, in fact, a Santa Claus.  Christmas miracles do happen.  We have been very good this year. Emmet Otter is finally being added to the soundtracks of our lives.

The album will be released digitally, streaming, and on CD on November 2nd.

The track listing is as follows:

  1. 1. The Bathing Suit That Grandma Wore
  2. Jam Session
  3. Ain’t No Hole In The Washtub
  4. When The River Meets The Sea
  5. Bar-B-Que (Jug Band)
  6. Carrots The Dancing Horse
  7. Bar-B-Que (Yancy Woodchuck)
  8. Dancing Rabbit Act
  9. Squirrel Acrobatic Act
  10. Our World
  11. Brothers
  12. Riverbottom Nightmare Band
  13. Our World-Brothers
  14. Our World-Brothers Club Reprise
  15. When The River Meets The Sea Reprise

Bonus Track:

  1. Born In A Trunk

Some of these songs may not be familiar to you.  That’s because they’re the instrumental tracks used for the Riverbottom Nightmare Band (“Jam Session”, from the scene in the music shop) or the talent show (“Carrots the Dancing Horse”, “Dancing Rabbit Act”, and “Squirrel Acrobatic Act”).  We’re also pleased to see “Born in a Trunk” included here, which was written by Paul Williams and recorded by Marilyn Sokol, but never filmed.

So get ready – the music of Emmet Otter is coming soon!  We can’t wait!

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by Joe Hennes – Joe@ToughPigs.com

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