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Pure Imagination

by Cathy Kreger

singer-songwriter breaks loose with production that includes elements of Pop Rock and Jazz. Very innovative approach.
Genre: Easy Listening: Soft Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pure Imagination
2:17 $0.99
2. Monsters In The Dark
5:12 $0.99
3. Black Water
6:43 $0.99
4. Lazy Lyla
4:43 $0.99
5. Shibuya Station
3:59 $0.99
6. Kitty Kat
2:16 $0.99
7. Ode To Billy Joe
4:39 $0.99
8. Love Song
4:40 $0.99
9. Rescue Me
3:56 $0.99
10. Monsters In The Dark (reprise)
8:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Those who have followed Cathy Kreger would say YES! Definitely! Cathy’s got it! “Her voice could make a bulldog break his leash to hug a hound!” says one fan.
For this article, I sat down with Cathy Kreger to talk about her career and her soon to be released CD PURE IMAGINATION. Cathy resides here in Huntington and performs often around the island. Her musical influences begin with her parents Bill and Robie(short for Roberta) Berlinghoff. Throughout the 70’s they toured the folk circuit rubbing elbows with well known artists such as Pete Seeger, and Fred Hellerman
(of The Weavers) and Paul Stookey (of Peter Paul and Mary). Around the house were the records of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchel, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, Bonnie Raitt and those were the artists that gave her the juice to begin her career in songwriting and performance. As she sang throughout the Northeast in the 80’s and 90’s she garnered a loyal following opening shows with the likes of Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, the Band, David Bromberg, and that’s just naming a few. With 3 Cds to her credit and now on the verge of releasing her 4th CD “Pure Imagination”, Cathy is planning to expand her touring schedule out to the Midwest and Southern states.
I then asked her to tell me about the new CD. “Well, I have lots to say about it.” says Cathy. “ I pulled out all the stops and decided that I would not be concerned with rules or thoughts like will it sell? This CD is artistic and fun and has a lineup of musicians that are truly the cream of the crop! With players like The Cadillac Moon Band, Ken Talve, Mike Frost, Chris Elsener Jr., Don Celenza, Jamie Betty and Vicki Genfan, how could I go wrong? John Tabacco is the producer and in choosing him I knew we’d have a great sound. I met John at the local post office in Centerport, right after he came back from Maui. He had been working at George Benson’s studio. I was lucky that he was between projects and could take on the job. John’s style as producer is progressive and gave this Cd it’s punch and attitude.”

In an interview with John Tabacco he said,
“It was an interesting challenge working with Cathy Kreger due to the fact
that she tends to come from a more folksy kind of musical world where as my
production skills are geared towards the comical pop, experimental world.
Could these two disparate musical approaches be integrated into one another?
The answer was a resounding yes! Cathy's willingness to let me create a
colorful environment around her music was admirable. She is taking a chance
with her audience. Hopefully they'll embrace this new direction. In any
event, I had fun co-writing a few songs with her, working with her talented
friends and members of her band and I believe the subtle details present in
this collection of songs should sustain one's ears through many hours of
repeated listenings.”

I heard the CD which includes covers of the songs Pure Imagination (Willy Wonka) and Black Water (The Doobie Brothers) and it is truly a work of art! You can listen to it entirely without wanting to skip ahead and each song just seems to set up the next. PURE IMAGINATION is pure enjoyment!
April 30th is the due date for this new Cd and we all look forward to hearing it! For more info on Cathy Kreger
John Tabacco



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rose gunter

I am a singer-Producer-acting coach..and listening to Cathys Cd gives me hope...what I mean is so much music, is, if I may say "not what it used to be"..thats not to say that all music doennt have its place, but as a Producer I look for one main thing, and that is Honesty and Cathy Kreger sure has that...besides all of her natural talent she tops it off with a complete honest approach..that is unique in itself..I would highly reccomend this Cd..and if ya havent heard it yet, do yourself a favor, and I mean it..its is a Cd that must be heard..I love it it makes me happy!!And isnt that what music is supposed to do..its designed to makes us feel and this Cd sure does that...Rose Gunter

Music Plus and Minus

Well crafted work of imagination and maturity
Cathy Kreger pulls out all the stops on this highly polished, sophisticated pop / folk CD. Supported by producer, engineer John Tabacco, Cathy shows us just how versatile she is as a singer and songwriter. Whether it’s the spacey melancholy touches found in the title track Pure Imagination or the tribal reflexive pop of Monsters In The Dark or the bluesy New Orleans soul of the Doobie Brother’s Black Water or the jazzy precision of Shibuya Station or the folksy coy playfulness of Kitty Cat or the funky, manic paranoia of the classic Ode To Billy Joe, Kreger is confident tackling every genre. And she makes them her own. Her melodious voice takes us in and feed us with warmth and sincerity. There’s even a smoking live version of an original called Rescue Me performed with her crackerjack group What It Iz. A wacky video of the performance is included.

Cathy and her producer have crafted a concise work of imagination and maturity. There is no filler here just pure unadulterated great music. She’s certainly broadening her musical horizons and fan base with this collection. Most definitely worth any serious music lover’s listening time.

Josh Joffen

Pure Imagination
This is a departure for Cathy. While her smooth, clear, relaxed (and to this listener, slightly Southern-inflected) vocals are front and center and a joy to the ear, her commanding guitar play takes more of a back seat this time out, to other players and to programming,.
Did I say “Programming?” Sure. Need a string quartet or a flute solo at 2:00 AM? Programming allows you to expand your sound in every direction on the compass, limited only by imagination, expertise, talent and taste. And the programming here, done by engineer/producer John Tabacco, displays ample amounts of each.
And the flesh-and-blood players keep pace. Cathy’s acoustic guitar is there texturally on every track save one, often supported by bass and electric guitars. Acoustic guitar phenom Vicki Genfan is in on two cuts, the great Long Island band Cadillac Moon is in the house, John Tabacco steps out from the console to play guitar and sing, and his Bizarro-world twin Occabat Nhoj ventures out on trumpet. Clearly, there was a lot going on in the studio, and just as clearly, it was a lot of fun.
I have four favorite tracks, three originals for which Kathy shares writing credits, the fabulous “Monsters in the Dark,” “Shibuyu Station”, both co-penned with John Tabacco, and “Kitty Kat,” with Jesse Valentine and Neisha Wright, and a cover of the Doobie Bros.’ “Black Water” with the aforementioned Cadillac Moon.
Pick it up, settle back, and enjoy the ride to where some great music and pure imagination can take you.