Ol' Brown Ears is Back was a 14-track album solely featuring Rowlf the Dog. 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 on April 6, 1993 by BMG Kidz/Jim Henson Records.
Although the album was first released in 1993 (three years after Henson's death), the songs were actually recorded by Jim Henson (as Rowlf) and Derek Scott (on piano) almost a decade earlier, in 1985.
The original recordings by Henson and Scott 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.
Ol' Brown Ears is Back is currently out of print. Copies of the now-rare album have been known to sell for over a hundred dollars in online auctions.
1. Lydia, the Tattooed Lady (02:08) 2. Eight Little Notes (02:25) 3. I Never Harmed an Onion (01:43) 4. Halfway Down the Stairs (02:53) 5. Memory Lane (01:32) 6. Cottleston Pie (01:38) 7. Bein' Green (02:27) 8. Carbon Paper (01:40) 9. Garden Song (02:47) 10. New York State of Mind (02:40) 11. When (00:56) 12. You and I and George (01:36) 13. Wishing Song (02:02) 14. Old Dog Trey (02:27) Total: (29:13)
- Producer: Jim Henson & Robert Kraft
- Associate Producer: Chris Boardman
- Vocals: Jim Henson (as Rowlf the Dog)
- Piano: Derek Scott