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Land of Make Believe
     

Land of Make Believe

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by Chuck Mangione
 
Though much less expansive than Mangione's other Mercury concerts (only 37 minutes on a single CD or LP), Land of Make Believe is the most successful of the lot, a winning combination of attractive tunes, big-thinking orchestrations, just enough jazz content, and a genuinely felt sense of idealism. Here there is no dead

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Though much less expansive than Mangione's other Mercury concerts (only 37 minutes on a single CD or LP), Land of Make Believe is the most successful of the lot, a winning combination of attractive tunes, big-thinking orchestrations, just enough jazz content, and a genuinely felt sense of idealism. Here there is no dead weight; all of the material is very engaging and the combined forces of Mangione's quartet and the Hamilton (Ontario) Philharmonic are on fire. The performance of Mangione's "Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor" still exerts a ferocious jolt of life-affirming energy, "El Gato Triste" is an attractive Latin number, and the buoyant "Gloria" from The Mass of St. Bernard with the Horsehead Chamber Singers makes one want to hear more. The childlike title tune has both a touching sense of naïveté and a lot of drive in key spots -- credit expert drummer Joe LaBarbera with the latter -- and Esther Satterfield's clear-eyed Nancy Wilson-like vocals made her famous for a time. This would be Mangione's most irresistible attempt at embracing the whole world of music -- and for awhile, it was possible to believe that he would become a major unifying figure in American music. Alas, thus far this would be the last full flowering of that promise.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/1991
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042282253927
catalogNumber:
822539

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Mangione   Primary Artist,Conductor,Flugelhorn,Track Performer
Jon Faddis   Flute,Trumpet,Piccolo
Gap Mangione   Electric Piano,Toy Instruments
Esther Satterfield   Vocals
Barbara Hendricks   Alto (Vocal)
Kathleen Collins   Alto (Vocal)
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Piano
John Beck   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Timpani
Ned Corman   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone,Timpani
Joseph C. Crupi   Conductor
Ron Davis   Flute,Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Tenor Saxophone,Timbales
Steve Gadd   Percussion,Timpani
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Edgar Hayes   Cello
Albert Johnson   Electric Bass
Gordon Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Piccolo
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Cathie Lehr   Cello
Art Linser   Trombone
David Mancini   Percussion,Timpani
Gerry Niewood   Flute,Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Graeme Page   French Horn
Ray Ricker   Flute,Trombone,Tenor Saxophone
Janice Robinson   Trombone,Trumpet
Joe Romano   Flute,Trombone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Russell   Tenor (Vocal)
Jeff Tkazyik   Flute,Trumpet,Piccolo
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Eugene Watts   Trombone
Sandy Watts   English Horn,Oboe
David Young   Bass,String Bass
Ronny Berger   Tenor (Vocal)
Charles Daellenbach   Tuba
Arthur Linsner   Trumpet
Natalie Mysko   Violin
Ronald Romm   Trumpet
Tom Elliot   Bassoon
Jim Smith   Bass (Vocal)
Christine Haarvig   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone,Trumpet
Fred Mills   Trumpet
Jeff Bowlby   Tenor (Vocal)
Scott Bump   Tenor (Vocal)
Russ Cembrinski   Bass (Vocal)
Yiu Man Chung   Violin
Beth Gorevic   Violin
Marta Hidy   Violin,Concert Master
David Hung   Violin
Barbara Hustis   Viola
Gregory Hustis   French Horn
Rudolph Kalup   Violin
Jaroslav Karlovský   Viola
Zdenek Konicek   Cello
Terry Lodge   Alto (Vocal)
Margaret Neufeld   Violin
Jacqueline Tarry   Violin
Milan Vitek   Violin
Jan Walp   Soprano (Vocal)
Kathryn Wunder   Violin
Michel Zaitzeff   Violin
Michael Cleveland   Bass (Vocal)
John Courtney   Bassoon
Ann Armin   Viola
Ron Berger   Tenor (Vocal)
Jeff Wilber   Bass (Vocal)
Jim Wilber   Bass (Vocal)
Johnson   Electric Bass
Robert Hansen   French Horn
Paul Elliott   Flute,Piccolo

Technical Credits

Chuck Mangione   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Don Potter   Contributor
Joseph C. Crupi   Director
David Greene   Engineer
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra   Contributor
Horsehead Chamber Singers   Contributor
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Dennis Drake   Remixing

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Land of Make Believe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I AM 32 SO I WAS MAYBE 2 WHEN THIS WAS RECORDED BUT AS A CHILD MY FATHER PLAYED THIS RECORD EVERY SATURDAY MORNING AND I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT MUCH OF IT BUT WHEN HE PASSED AFEW YEARS AGO I WENT LOOKING FOR IT AND IT STILL STANDS THE TEST OF TIME THE MUSIC IS UPLIFTING AND HELPS ME REMEMBER SOME OF THOSE SATURDAYS WITH MY FATHER LISTENING TO THIS GREAT ALBUM.
Jazzy-Judi More than 1 year ago
When the album Land Of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione came out in the 70's I was young and full of hope. Over the years I lost track of that album and was thrilled to see it listed on B&N website. This CD is warm with memories of happy times, great music and life full of dreams and plans. Many i fulfilled many I have not but this music is everlasting in it's greatness.