- 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 (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
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.
The Sauter-Finegan orchestra disbanded in 1958 but was briefly reassembled with many of the original musicians in 1959 to produce two stereo albums for United Artists: "Return of the Doodletown Fifers" and "Pops Concert" which, to my knowledge, were regrettably never issued to CD. But I keep hoping.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great orchestra that should be better remembered. All of the tracks are worthwhile and the sound is good. Pick one up at a good price.Published 12 months ago by Michael Palermo
I've been an S-F fan since I attended a concert in the Middle '50s. This recording is great--but the 2-CD collection "Inside the Sound" is even better.Published 23 months ago by Howard L. Brady
Sauter-Finnigan's music is something far out but really well done. Some individuals equate it to a super "Spike Jones" genre; however, I find their exotic approach to... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by George Winn