SAUTER FINEGAN ORCHESTRA <br> Return of the Doodletown Fifers <br> 1960 (United Artists Records - Out of Print)

Details: United Artists WWS 8511, stereo, gatefold cover, 1960.

Condition: Vinyl VG+++ (very clean!!) jacket VG++

Out of Print and Not Available as CD.

From the All Music Guide:
The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra was one of the more unusual bands associated with the Swing Era, not least because it did not even come into existence until after the Swing Era was over. The outfit's two leaders, Edward Ernest (Eddie) Sauter (b. Dec 2, 1914, in New York [Brooklyn], NY; d. Apr 21, 1981, in West Nyack, NY) and William J. (Bill) Finegan (b. Apr 3, 1917, in Newark, NJ), were each prominent big band arrangers. The two decided to unite to create arrangements that would make full use of their creativity, without regard to commercial considerations. That meant a willingness to try unusual things, including such instruments as piccolo, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, harp, English horn, recorder, tuba, glockenspiel, tympani, and kazoo. (Finegan even beat on his chest to imitate the sound of horses' hooves in "Midnight Sleighride"). As a result, while the band was hailed by some for its imaginativeness, it reminded others of the style of musical humorist Spike Jones. Some jazz fans also complained that the arrangements left little room for improvisation. The original idea was to form a studio-only unit, and the two arrangers signed the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra to RCA Victor, which released the debut single "Doodletown Fifers" (an adaptation of the Civil War song "Kingdom Coming and the Year of Jubilo") and saw it rise into the charts in August of 1952. "Nina Never Knew," with Joe Mooney on vocals, did the same thing in December, and "The Moon Is Blue," a movie theme song with Sally Sweetland on vocals, charted in August of 1953. The same year, the band released its first 10" LP, boldly titled New Directions in Music (the album was reissued in an expanded form as a 12" LP in 1956.) But they threw in the towel in March 1957 and disbanded when Sauter accepted a job as musical director for the South-West Radio Big Band in Baden-Baden, West Germany. Finegan went back to freelance arranging, but when Sauter returned to the U.S. in 1959, the two began to work together again, rerecording some of their arrangements for a Sauter-Finegan Orchestra LP, The Return of the Doodletown Fifers, released on United Artists Records, and writing commercial jingles for radio and television.

The tracks are:
1. Doodeltown Fifers
2. April in Paris
3. When Hearts Are Young
4. A Foggy Day
5. Midnight Sleighride
6. Rain
7. Moonlight on The Ganges
8. Doodletown Races
9. Darn That Dream
10. Thursday's Child
11. Church Mouse
12. One is a Lonely Number

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