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Released 1993
Format CD
Label Jim Henson Records/BMG Kidz
Cat no. 74860-30023-2

Ol' Brown Ears is Back is an album featuring Rowlf the Dog in new recordings of songs that had all previously been covered on The Muppet Show.

Rowlf, at the piano, gives ebullient introductions and banter as he sings and plays some of his (and the Muppets') hit songs. The album was released on CD and cassette in 1993 by BMG Kidz/Jim Henson Records. The cassette release included a poster depicting Rowlf behind the scenes, recording and prepping for the album.

Although the album was first released in 1993, three years after Jim Henson's death, the songs were actually recorded by Henson (as Rowlf) and Derek Scott (on piano) almost a decade earlier in January 1984. The original recordings were re-worked by producer Robert Kraft and associate producer Chris Boardman for the release, adding a backing orchestra to the seasoned vocal and piano tracks.

The original intentions for the raw tracks and the reason for the 9-year recording-to-release gap are unknown. However, the recordings of "Memory Lane" and "You and I and George" were used for Rowlf's 1984 appearance on The Merv Griffin Show, in promotion with The Muppets Take Manhattan.

The album's title, Ol' Brown Ears is Back, is a reference to Frank Sinatra's 1973 album Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back.

Track listing

Rowlf in the Studio.

Cover photo by John E. Barrett.

  1. Lydia, the Tattooed Lady
  2. Eight Little Notes
  3. I Never Harmed an Onion
  4. Halfway Down the Stairs
  5. Memory Lane
  6. Cottleston Pie
  7. Bein' Green
  8. Carbon Paper
  9. Garden Song
  10. New York State of Mind
  11. When
  12. You and I and George
  13. Wishing Song
  14. Old Dog Trey

Other releases


Rowlf in the Studio.

  • Produced by Robert Kraft
  • Associate Producer: Chris Boardman
  • Creative Consultant: Larry Grossman
  • Orchestra recorded and mixed by Dennis Sands
  • Arranged and conducted by Chris Boardman
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
  • Mixed at Signet Sound Studios, Los Angeles
  • Mastered by David Collins at A&M Studios, Los Angeles
  • Cover Photo: John E. Barrett
  • Special thanks to Lyndon Mosse, Daniel Obinger and Craig Shemin
  • And a special thanks to Michael K. Frith
  • Piano and Vocal Tracks Produced by Jim Henson
  • Vocal: Jim Henson
  • Piano: Derek Scott
  • Engineer: Dave Hunt
  • Assistant Engineer: Jonathan Ruttley
  • Piano and Vocal tracks Recorded January, 1984, CTS Studios, London

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