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The Best of Sauter-Finegan

Sauter-Finegan OrchestraAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00000JWDD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Doodletown Fifers
2. The Moon Is Blue
3. Of Thee I Sing
4. Tweedle Dee And Tweedle Dum
5. Hit The Road To Dreamland
6. Now That I'm In Love
7. Yankee Doodletown
8. Love Is A Simple Thing
9. Nina Never Knew
10. Child's Play
11. April In Paris
12. Doodletown Races
13. Rain
14. Horseplay
15. Got A Date With An Angel
16. Midnight Sleighride
17. Exactly Like You - Sauter-Finegan
18. Have You Met Miss Jones? - Sauter-Finegan
19. Paradise - Sauter-Finegan
20. Aren't You Glad You're You? - Sauter-Finegan

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue CD release November 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Finally there is a representative Cd sampling of the great Sauter-Finegan orchestra. This orchestra defined quality pop music for the 1950's. Few others, with the possible exception of Nelson Riddle and Billy May, could even come close. The music was sophisticated and finely crafted
This CD contains many, but certainly not all, of S/F's most memorable works. This is a quality production with detailed liner notes and artwork reminiscent of S/F's LPs. The only notable omission is a listing of the outstanding musicians such as Nick Travis, Sonny Russo, Joe Venuto and many Others. But most of you probably already have this information on previously released LP's anyway.
Hopefully, Collector's Choice will release a volume two and include other classics such as Azure Te, When Hearts Are Young, Pale Moon, Moonlight on the Ganges, Etc Etc. Also it would be nice if the band's greatest LP could be released on CD, "Inside Sauter-Finegan."
But what is here is definitive Sauter-Finegan and should be of interest, particularly to new listeners.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really the BEST of this fine band! March 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Eddie Sauter got his start arranging for Mr. and Mrs. Swing, Red Norvo and Mildred Bailey, turning out some subtle, but swinging charts. He was able to experiment with some unusual harmonies, even back then. Then he went on to work for Benny Goodman, helping him to totally re-invent his band. Then he helped Ray McKinley put together a great band in the late 40's. Bill Finnegan worked for the likes of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, turning out some of their most interesting charts. These two arranging giants joined forces in the 1950's and the result was the Sauter-Finnegan Orchestra. Truthfully, some of their stuff was a little pedantic for the average listener. However, the music on this disc is among their most approachable and entertaining. For a real laugh listen to their send up of the Hal Kemp hit Got A Date With An Angel (this arrangement is great and full of subtlety). Their arrangement of the seldom heard "Hit The Road To Dreamland" is quite good. The many textures of Sauter-Finnegan are well-portrayed in this great one-disc collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Most Innovative Bands Of The Early 50s September 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
At a time when most of the big bands were disappearing, along came Eddie Sauter and William Finegan to form one of the most innovative bands of the years leading up to R&R. Both were arrangers before their union, Sauter for Red Norvo, Mildred Bailey, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey, among others, and Finegan for the great Glenn Miller.

When they got together they hit upon the idea of featuring obscure instruments like the oboe, piccolo, and English horn, and the result, among some of the best band music you'll hear from that era, was four hit singles for RCA Victor. And they're all here.

The first, Doodletown Fifers, an adaptation of the Civil War song Kingdom Coming And The Year Of Jubilo, made it to # 12 in September 1952 featuring the tenor sax of Al Klink and Ralph Burns playing the piano and the celeste, a keyboard instrument in which small hammers strike bells. They were also featured on Nina Never Knew [# 13 in December] which also has Joe Mooney doing the vocals and Kai Winding [of later "More" fame] on trombone.

Then came Midnight Sleighride, based on a Prokofiev classical suite. Again Klink and Burns do their thing on a tune that rose to # 29 in January 1953, and seven months later The Moon Is Blue, from the film of the same name, peaked at # 20 in August 1953 featuring Sally Sweetland and The Doodlers on vocal and the trumpet of Doc Severinsen, later of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Sauter, who passed away in 1981, later arranged for Andre Kostelanetz in the 1960s as well as for several Broadway shows. At last report, Bill Finegan, now 90, is still with us.

Thanks to the folks at Collector's Choice. And if you ever happen to read this, how about doing the same for another orchestra largely overlooked today: Dick Jacobs. We'll be waiting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb May 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Listening to this CD is like being transported back in time to the '40s and '50s. The orchestra, the singers, it's all here. 20 tracks, and what must be over an hour's worth of great music. I wasn't born back then, but I appreciate good music when I hear it: THIS is an awesome CD.
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