Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination

by Michael Feinstein



Michael Feinstein, the musical archivist turned cabaret entertainer, delivers the kind of children's album that might have been expected of him with Pure Imagination, scouring through piles of sheet music to come up with songs dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, mostly taken from stage and movie musicals. Animals and insects make frequent appearances, of course, including teddy bears, a peaceful bull, "Not Much of a Dog," ugly bugs, and "The Jitterbug" (a song written for but cut from The Wizard of Oz), not to mention some unusual humans including "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" and "The Mole People." The latter song is another one nearly lost in the archives, written "for exploitation" for the 1956 low-budget sci-fi flick The Mole People, which is to say that it wasn't really used in the film, but intended to help promote it. If it did, then it misled audiences to expect a comedy. Typically, Feinstein enlists the aging songwriters Ray Evans and Jay Livingston to contribute to the chorus, which goes, "Chomp-a-diddy." That's a refrain children will enjoy singing along to, and there are other places on the disc that invite participation. But this is a varied collection also including some songs that might be better appreciated by parents.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/1992
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596104623
catalogNumber: 61046

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano
Rosemary Clooney   Vocals
Ray Pizzi   Bassoon
Viola   Guitar
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Page Cavanaugh   Piano
John Guerin   Drums
Jim Hughart   Bass
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Tom Ranier   Clarinet
Bob Tricarico   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Ian Bernard   Conductor
Paul Horner   Piano,Celeste
Donald Waldrop   Tuba

Technical Credits

Michael Feinstein   Producer
Page Cavanaugh   Arranger
Children's Choir   Contributor
Hank Cicalo   Producer,Engineer
Ray Evans   Contributor
Eddie Karam   Arranger
Jay Livingston   Contributor
Sally Stevens   Director
Gil Grau   Arranger
Anne Kennedy   Illustrations

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