Arthur TV soundtracks

The children's television show "Arthur" has released three Arthur soundtracks.

"Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (Or Tape)"

Infobox Album | Name = Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (Or Tape)
Type = Television
Artist = Arthur & Friends


Background = Orange
Released = 20 October 1998
Recorded = 6 October 1998
Genre = Children's TV Music
Length =
Label = Rounder / Umgd
Producer =
Reviews =
Last album =
This album = Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (1998)
Next album = Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000)|

"The First Almost Real Not Live CD" was the first album for the series, issued in 1998. Many of the songs on this CD aired in shorter forms on the TV story "Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival." Others were heard at other times on the program and some were never seen on the TV show. Tracks on this CD included the show's main title theme, "Library Card," multiple tracks of D.W.'s favorite song "Crazy Bus" (by former show writer / executive story editor Joe Fallon "Toolbox"), "The Ballad of Buster Baxter" (a more complete form than that heard on the television story) and "Jekyll And Hyde."

Track list

#Believe in Yourself (Theme Song) (Performed by Ziggy Marley )
#Library Card
#The Order Of Death
#Welcome To The Jungle
#Meek for a Week
#Jekyll and Hyde
#Pet Sematary (Performed by The Ramones)
#Matalij ja Mustii (The Binky Song)
#Crazy Bus/I Said No, D.W.!
#My Night Light
#Go to Sleep
#Thinking Tune
#Lucky Pencil
#Homework
#Poetry Club
#The Ballad of Buster Baxter (performed by Art Garfunkel)
#Leftovers Goulash
#Crazy Bus

"Arthur's Perfect Christmas"

Infobox Album | Name = Arthur's Perfect Christmas
Type = Television
Artist = Arthur & Friends


Background = Orange
Released = 2000
Recorded =
Genre = Children's TV Music
Length =
Label = Rounder / Umgd
Producer =
Reviews =
Last album = Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (1998)
This album = Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000)
Next album = Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix (2001)|
Issued in 2000, Arthur's Perfect Christmas features many songs from the television special, including "Boogie Woogie Christmas" and "Baxter Day." New tunes on this CD include a rock version of "Silent Night" performed by Fern and "Here We Come A'Wassailing."

Track list

#Perfect Christmas
#Jingle Bells
#The First Noel
#Boogie Woogie Christmas
#Here We Come A Wassailing
#O Little Town Of Bethlehem
#Silent Night
#Fum, Fum, Fum
#It's Kwanzaa Time!
#What Child Is This?
#What's The Use Of Presents?
#Baxter Day
#I'm Not Scared Of Santa
#We Three Kings
#Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
#Sevivon
#Chanukah Blesshing
#Sankta Lucia
#Nu Är Det Jul Igen
#Angels We Have Heard On High
#Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella
#It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
#O Tannenbaum
#Joy To The World
#Perfect Christmas Reprise

"Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix"

Infobox Album | Name = Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix
Type = Television
Artist = Arthur & Friends


Background = Orange
Released = 2001
Recorded =
Genre = Children's TV Music
Length =
Label = Rounder / Umgd
Producer =
Reviews =
Last album = Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000)
This album = Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix (2001)
Next album = |
The most recent CD, Arthur's Really Rockin' Music Mix was issued in 2001. This CD contains only one song heard on the program, a remixed version of the main title theme. A short version of this remix was played during the closing credits in the sixth season. All other tunes on this album are new. They are intended as a mix of various song styles, including zydeco, tango, jazz, blues and even country western. Songs include "Two Sides of the Story" (the country western song --- a tune based on the events of the story "Arthur's Family Feud"), "Fern's Detective Tango" (based loosely on the story "Binky Rules") and "D.W.'s Brass in Pocket" (based on the classic Pretenders tune "Brass in Pocket.") There's even a riotous retelling of the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Sue Ellen, featuring Binky as Baby Bear, with lines such as "I'm too big to be a baby. Can't I be their cousin from down south who's a professional race car driver?"

Track list

#Believe In Yourself (Arthur Theme Remix)
#I Don't Want to Wake Up
#Pop Quiz from Ratburn
#Has Anybody Seen My Invisible Friend?
#Two Sides of the Story
#I Can't Snap My Fingers
#Fly, Butterfly, Fly!
#D.W.'s Brass in Pocket
#Elwood City: A Report
#Muffy's Soccer Song
#My Brain
#Only the Frensky
#Mrs. Wha-cha-ma-call-it
#Fern's Detective Tango
#My Echo Doesn't Sound Like Me
#Goldilocks and The Bears Trio as Told by Sue Ellen

"Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"

There were also several tunes in the special "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" but to date, these have not been released to CD. However, they were made available by WGBH's press relations and can be found as MP3s on some sites and on the Yahoo Arthur group. These songs are "Nothing But the Music," "Manager of My Dreams" and another remix of the main title theme. These songs (with the exception of the original version of "Nothing But the Music") all feature performances from the Backstreet Boys. Additionally, this special included the Backstreet Boys song "I Want it That Way." and a snippet of "Larger than Life".

The music in the special (including partially performed music) include:
* Believe in Yourself (The usual Arthur theme, performed by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers)
* I Want it That Way (performed by the Backstreet Boys) "(partial)"
* Row, Row, Row your Boat (performed by Fern)
* Skinnamarink (performed by D.W during audition held by Francine) "(partial)"
* Unknown jingle (performed by George in background during audition held by Francine) "(partial)"
* Nothing But the Music (PTA fundraiser version performed by U-Stink)
* Our name's We Stink (a song Arthur, Buster and George wrote for their band) "(partial)"
* Manager of My Dreams (performed by Muffy and The Backstreet Boys)
* Three variants of an incomplete song with the lyrics "Well I thought I saw, the other night..." (performed by Binky, Fern and Molly) "(partial)"
* Nothing But the Music (final performance by U-Stink and The Backstreet Boys)
* Larger than Life (performed by the Backstreet Boys in the background as U-Stink disbands backstage) "(partial)"
* Believe in Yourself - reprise (Arthur Theme Song, performed by The Backstreet Boys)
* Mary Moo Cow Theme Song (Tune: "Are You Sleeping"/"Where is Thumbkin"/"Frere Jacques")
* L-A-S-T that spells last (Tune: "Yankee Doodle")


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