Land of Make Believe

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/1991
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042282253927
  • Catalog Number: 822539
  • Sales rank: 14,006

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, 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 III 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 Jr. 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)
Al 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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Phil Ramone Engineer
Richard Seidel Producer
Dennis Drake Remixing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PLEASE DISCOVER OR REDISCOVER THIS GREAT ALBUM

    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.

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