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||Pure Imagination||Michael Feinstein||4:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Swinging On a Star||Michael Feinstein||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Teddy Bear's Picnic||Michael Feinstein||3:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Because Were Kids||Michael Feinstein||2:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ferdinand the Bull||Michael Feinstein||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Not Much of a Dog||Michael Feinstein||4:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lydia, The Tattooed Lady||Michael Feinstein||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Dressing Song||Michael Feinstein||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Ugly Bug Ball||Michael Feinstein||3:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When You Wish Upon a Star||Michael Feinstein||2:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Mole People||Michael Feinstein||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Alice In Wonderland Medley||Michael Feinstein||7:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Aren't You Glad You're You||Michael Feinstein||2:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Like Old People||Michael Feinstein||1:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ten Feet Off the Ground (With Rosemary Clooney)||Michael Feinstein & Rosemary Clooney||3:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Be Kind to Your Parents||Michael Feinstein||2:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Jitterbug||Michael Feinstein||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue-Bonnet||Michael Feinstein||5:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Angels On Your Pillow||Michael Feinstein||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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.
This makes me smile
This was my favorite audio cassette tape when I was little. Some of the songs are a bit odd for a children's tape (mainly "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady"), but in general these songs are so much fun and some of them are really pretty ("Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue-Bonnet" is one of my all time favorite songs and I'll probably play it at my wedding). I was tremendously excited to find this on iTunes!
A Song for Children of Many Ages
I have been enjoying this album for over 15 years. I love sharing the music with each new generation of children in my family. Many songs make great accompaniments to my iPhoto and Picassa Movies.
I am under 20 and love this. Pure imaganation is genius
Born: 1956 in Columbus, OH
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s