Just in time for the 40th Anniversary, comes Sesame Street Old School Vol. 1, a reissue project to release some of the earliest Sesame Street albums, featuring the original art, and the earliest cast (sorry kids no Elmo here). When Sesame Street first aired on television in 1969, it was a revolutionary new show aimed specifically at preschool children - an audience previously not targeted by television programming. From its earliest planning stages, Sesame Street was designed to be a show that would use music and singing as a part of the material being taught. So it was only natural to release the musical content on records, not only to reinforce the curriculum lessons for children when they weren't watching the show, but also because Sesame Street music is enjoyable just for its own sake. Many of the albums went on to chart on Billboard top album charts and get nominated and win Grammys. Sesame Street: Old School Volume 1 features three of the classic early Sesame Street albums: The Original Cast Record, Big Bird Sings, and Bert & Ernie Sing Along. All albums have been fully remastered, with original artwork. The Original Cast Album, originally released in 1970, peaked at #23 on Billboard's Top LP's chart in 1970, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children. "Big Bird Sings" was originally released in 1974. "Bert & Ernie Sing Along" was released in 1975 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children. All titles have never before been available on CD. These CDs are sure to be a hit with parents, collectors, and even kids as the lessons taught then are just as appropriate and the music just as enjoyable.
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