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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Wonderful

I am under 20 and love this. Pure imaganation is genius

Biography

Born: 1956 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/pianist Michael Feinstein was both a prime motivator and a beneficiary of a renewed interest in pre-rock popular music that started in the 1980s, a trend that also found Linda Ronstadt selling millions of copies of albums of traditional pop made with conductor Nelson Riddle and that fueled the success of Harry Connick Jr. In Feinstein's case, it allowed him to establish a career as a nightclub entertainer and then move up to theaters while releasing...
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