The arrangement is clearly Finegan, as he seemed to immerse himself in the manifold colors of the band more than Sauter (most of the time anyway). Amidst the imitation of bells by the singers and a lot of woodwind and percussion colors, the intro ends and the band swings in medium tempo. The singers take over in continued hip fashion; one nice touch occurs when Mooney sings ".... in the land of Nod," and the singers fire back, "and Wynken and Blynken," not part of the original lyric. After the vocal, almost the entire first part of the record repeats, returning to the bell imitation. The singers return speaking "Sleep?.....Sleep" with a run on the celeste in the background. The record is clever without being gimmicky, welcome sounds in the morass of the pop music of the early '50s.
July 18, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: hit the road to dreamland
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