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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000334G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sherry
2. Big Girls Don't Cry
3. Walk Like A Man
4. Candy Girl
5. Marlena
6. Dawn (Go Away)
7. Stay
8. Ronnie
9. Rag Doll
10. Silence Is Golden
11. Save It For Me
12. Big Man In Town
13. Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)
14. Girl Come Running
15. Let's Hang On!
16. Don't Think Twice - The Wonder Who
17. Working My Way Back To You
18. Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'Bout Me)
19. I've Got You Under My Skin
20. Tell It To The Rain
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Big girls don't cry and big boys don't sing like that ... except in the romantic musical world of doo-wop. And the Four Seasons were the grandest culmination of that genre, producing hit singles that were often epic teen mini-operas. Producer Bob Crewe borrowed liberally from Phil Spector (definitive proof: the drum intro to "Rag Doll" is damn near sampled from "Be My Baby"), and even Brian Wilson has called them "the East Coast Beach Boys." A condensation of Rhino's three-disc 25th-anniversary collection, Anthology neglects "The Proud One," probably their final classic moment--but 24 of the 26 tracks here cover the group's '62-'68 golden era, pausing only momentarily for the misguided late-'70s "disco" comeback. Truly great stuff. --Bill Holdship

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, absolutely amazing!
Aces and 8s
They are the songs my younger aunts and uncles introduced me to as a young girl and I just feel great when I listen to them!
Mac of Four
After seeing the jersey boys it was the perfect CD to add to my CD collection.
Tina Leavy

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
From 1962 to 1967 the Four Seasons had eighteen Top Twenty hits (including their cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" recorded as The Wonder Who). And they're all here along with their two mid-Seventies smashes "Who Loves You" and the million-selling "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." Nearly every hit was written or co-written by group member Bob Gaudio, and all featured the most recognizable falsetto voice in pop music belonging to Franki Valli.
What makes their string of hits all the more amazing is that more than half of them came in the wake of the British Invasion. In fact, "Rag Doll"--only one of two million-sellers in their career--was the only chart-topper by a male vocal group in 1964. [According to the liner notes, the song was inspired by a girl who cleaned the windows of Gaudio's car as he was stopped at a light.] And to illustrate the Four Seasons' influence on the music scene, it was that single's B-side ("Silence Is Golden") that was covered note-for-note by the Tremeloes that gave that British band the biggest hit of their career.
With Bob Crewe's Phil Spector-inspired production and Charles Callelo's arrangements, the Four Seasons hits included "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll"--all No. 1's.
If you have the disposable income, you might want to spring for the 3-CD 25th Anniversary Collection, which features their lesser hits and most of Valli's solo singles. However, this single-disc collection has all the essentials and is the one release that all except the die-hard fans will really need. ESSENTIAL
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
All the great original hits are right here in the order Frankie Valli and the gang rolled their top ten hits off the assembly line. You can almost follow the singing and the music gaining dimension as you move through those glorious, ringing harmonies. I remember the anticipation I had awaiting each new release, wondering if they could possibly beat their last great song. This album chronicles that obvious answer. Yes, the British invasion led by the Beatles and Rolling Stones would soon dethrone our local heroes and change the face of rock and roll. But I challenge you today to sit quietly and not sing when you're rolling down the highway with Sherry, Dawn, C'Mon Marianne and Bye Bye Baby reverberating on your radio or this CD.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on March 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As remarkable as this disc is, it isn't the definitive 'anthology' Rhino cracks it up to be. Yes, among the 26 tracks included are 23 Top-40 selections (16 are from the Top-10), as well as the Four Season's under the alias of 'The Wonder Who' performing Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice' (in a way that is both flippant and entirely engaging at the same time), Frankie Valli's number two hit from 1967 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', and the original version of 'Silence Is Golden' from 1964, which The Tremeloes turned into a number 11 hit in 1967. Despite all that, 6 Top-40 singles from the band produced between 1962 and 1976 are omitted.
While most people credit Frankie Valli for the success of the band, it is arguable that the famed falsetto voice of Valli would not be nearly as familiar to us had it not been for the remarkable songwriting contributions of bandmember Bob Guadio and producer Bob Crewe, whose names are associated with 17 of the hit tracks on this disc, including trademark songs such as 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like a Man', 'Dawn', 'Rag Doll', 'Let's Hang On', all the way through the bands later hits such as 'Who Loves You' from 1975, and including Valli's solo hit 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You'. Obviously their influence is monumental, and recognizing their contributions signifies that The Four Seasons were far from being a one-man band. They hit their peak in 1964, charting 6 Top-40 songs, including two number one hits and 4 Top-10 singles.
The quality of these compositions, and the unquestioned talent that recorded them have rendered these 'golden oldies' timeless. Despite the rise of The Beatles, The Four Seasons hardly missed a beat in creating hit after hit in the same mold as 'Sherry', which introduced the band to the world in the summer of 1962.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on January 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's not true that every Italian in Jersey is related to Frankie Valli, although the extended family of the entire group might come close.

Their beginnings as a Fifties hangover with "Sherry," a shrieky but beloved song that sounded like a one-hit-wonder, didn't predict the Seasons' subsequent, enduring success. But the group's arrangements & choice of material so improved with each release that they powered themselves like a classic Cadillac convertible right into the Beatles era, scoring their biggest New York radio hit, "Let's Hang On," at the height of the Fab Four's reign.

This collection is superior to the boxed set, unless Frankie's & the group's later hits are meaningful to you. Personally, I hated "My Eyes Adored You," but I miss Valli's funky early solo single, "(You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself," in this set. That & "The Proud One" aside, all the classics are here including "Marlena" & "Candy Girl" & "Girl Come Running" & others that are special favorites for fans of the Seasons. The hits from the mid-Sixties are pushed along by terrific Charles Calello arrangements & songs that owe something to Motown's Holland-Dozier-Holland team.

When it became clear that the Seasons couldn't let their hair grow & make nice with Flower Power, the Rascals were there with a more appropriate bouquet, but one gathered from the same garden that gave us the Four Seasons.

Bob Rixon, WFMU
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