Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage is a live album with songs from the stage show of the same name. The album was originally sold on November 6, 1996 during the tour and was later released for retail on CD and cassette on May 6, 1997 by Lyrick Studios. The soundtrack was soon re-released by Koch Records and HIT Entertainment in 2004.
Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage was the fifth album released by Barney and the first live album to be released based on a live show.
The same year of the album's retail release, it commercially went on to peak at number six on Billboard's Top Kid's Albums on November 8, 1997.
Following the release of Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage a spanish language version, titled La Gran Sorpresa de Barney, was released in 1998.
At AllMusic, Ross Boissoneau rated the album four stars out of five, saying that Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage has "zestfulness" and "unfailing good humor". He stated that this soundtrack is the next best thing to being at the actual live show for children and families who enjoy Barney & Friends.
Credits for Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage adapted from AllMusic.
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|Chart (1997)||Peak Position|
|US Billboard Top Kid Albums||6|
|Various||November 6, 1996||Cassette • CD||Lyrick|
|May 6, 1997|
|2004||CD||HIT • Koch|
|South Africa||October 2007||HIT • NEXT|
- This is soundtrack marked:
- The first time Joseph Phillips produces a Barney album.
- The first album to contain the audience effects.
- Even though the songs, "The Airplane Song" and "I'm Mother Goose" are on the home video, they don't appear in this album.
- Even though "Listen to the Night Time" was sung in this album, it wasn't in the home video.
- During "I Love You", the audience can be heard singing, in the US and UK video they can still be heard singing but very faintly, in other versions the audience singing is removed due to the video being redubbed.