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Music from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood collected on new album

Plus, a second album of renditions from jazz pianist Johnny Costa

Mister Rogers, photo courtesy of The Fred Rogers Company It's Such a Good Feeling Best of CD Album Johnny Costa
Mister Rogers, photo courtesy of The Fred Rogers Company
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    The nostalgia trolley will arrive loaded with warm memories for Fred Rogers fans this fall. Tom Hanks will star as the beloved children’s TV show host in November’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood biopic. A month ahead of the film’s release, you’ll be able to bring all the songs of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to your own home with the newly announced album It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers.

    Due out October 4th via Omnivore Recordings, the best-of collection compiles 18 favorites from Rogers’ public television program. What’s more, five additional songs featured on the record have never before been released, including original show-closer “Tomorrow”. Backing Rogers on all the tracks are bassist Carl McViker, percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne, and pianist Johnny Costa.

    (Read: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Celebrates 50 Years of Good Feelings)

    Costa and Rogers were long-time collaborators, with the former performing all of the music live during the show’s tapings. In 1986, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Records released Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Jazz, which is also being reissued on CD for the first time in decades. The album features the jazz trio performing instrumental takes on a baker’s dozen of Rogers’ songs that retain “their original compositional intent, while breathing new life into them.”

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    Below, watch a trailer for both collections, followed by their respective cover art and tracklistings. Pre-orders are available via Omnivore.

    It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers Artwork:

    It's Such a Good Feeling The Best of Mister Rogers album cover artwork

    It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers Tracklist:
    01. Today Is a Very Special Day *
    02. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
    03. I Think I’m Going to Like Today *
    04. Look and Listen
    05. Be Brave, Be Strong
    06. Then Your Heart Is Full of Love
    07. Pretending
    08. You Can Never Go Down rhe Drain
    09. I Like to Take My Time
    10. Sometimes People Are Good
    11. You Are Special
    12. I’m Looking for a Friend *
    13. Some Things I Don’t Understand
    14. The Clown in Me
    15. It’s the Style to Wear a Smile
    16. I’m Taking Care of You
    17. It’s You I Like
    18. Once Upon Each Lovely Day *
    19. Wishes Don’t Make Things Come True
    20. You’re Growing
    21. Tree Tree Tree
    22. It’s Such a Good Feeling *
    23. Tomorrow *

    * = Previously Unissued

    Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Jazz Artwork:

    Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Jazz album cover artworkJohnny Costa Plays Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Jazz Tracklist:
    01. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
    02. You Are Special
    03. It’s You I Like
    04. Sometimes People Are Good/Children Can Medley
    05. What Do You Do?
    06. I Like to Take My Time
    07. Everybody’s Fancy
    08. Please Don’t Think It’s Funny
    09. Something to Do While We’re Waiting
    10. Many Ways to Say I Love You
    11. Then Your Heart Is Full Of Love
    12. Did You Know?
    13. It’s Such a Good Feeling

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