Spencer Cohen – Muppets From Space is not your typical Muppet movie, and to me it is for one reason, it’s not a movie musical. Unlike all seven of the other Muppet films, there are no original songs performed by the Muppets in this motion picture. So, the Muppets From Space soundtrack is not your typical Muppets album, as only three of the eleven tracks feature Muppets singing.
“Flashlight (Spaceflight)” features George Clinton singing with Pepe. To be honest, I found this to be the weakest of the three tracks featuring Muppet characters. Do not get me wrong, Bill Barretta is hilarious as usual as everyone’s favorite king prawn. This song just does not feel like a song that I would tend to associate with the Muppets, like classics such as “Just One Person,” “Life’s A Happy Song,” or even “Something So Right” from Muppets Most Wanted.
“Celebration,” on the other hand, is one of my favorite tracks on this album! It is such an upbeat, fun cover of the classic Kool and the Gang tune performed by Gonzo’s alien relatives. Bill Barretta is the lead singer on this track, and I honestly believe that this is one of the best songs that he has ever sung. You can tell that Bill was probably having a blast recording this cover as you can hear it in his voice. Listening to this track always gets me in a good mood. That’s how great it is.
The final track on this album, “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday,” is another one of my favorite songs on this soundtrack. While this tune is originally from 1979’s The Muppet Movie, the version on this soundtrack is a completely different recorded version that Dave Goelz performs as Gonzo. This track gives the song a different sound than the original, and I am fine with that! It should be noted that this version of the song can also be heard on The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem, and More! – The 25th Anniversary Collection album.
The other songs featured (“Brick House,” “Shining Star,” etc.) are not bad songs at all. In fact they are great songs! But they are not Muppet songs, songs that one would not expect to find on a Muppets soundtrack. Therefore, I would say that this is not my favorite Muppets album.
However, this makes this soundtrack is still very interesting. It is on only this album with “Flashlight (Spaceflight)” and The Alien Gonzos’ “Celebration.” As of now, they are not on iTunes or Spotify. So, if you really want to have these two songs on your iPod, you need to find this soundtrack.