The Classic Albums Box Box set, Import
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First, let me start this by saying that I just received this box set, so I haven't been able to delve as completely into things as I would like. However, let me offer my thoughts on a few of the things that I have noticed that I wish were different:
First, since these are essentially reproductions of the albums, it is worth noting that a few of the discs recycle tracks. This wasn't uncommon in that era, so it isn't a specific complaint. However, given that most of the included tracks are in stereo, it would have been nice if they would have substituted mono mixes in place of the tracks which appear on other albums in stereo. Again, this isn't a major quibble, but I felt it was something worth noting.
Second, and what *is* a bit of a problem, is that there are (from what I can tell) four instances of discs containing different tracks from what is listed on the packaging (and none of these tracks, for the record, were on the original albums). For the record, they are:
I've Got You Under My Skin, which appears on the Rag Doll album in place of Mr. Broadway
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright, which appears on the New Gold Hits album in place of I'm Gonna Change
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, which appears on the same album in place of Dody
Bye Bye Baby, which also appears on the same album in place of Lonesome Road (making me suspect that an alternate master exists for New Gold Hits, featuring these songs)
Now, this having been said, it is my understanding that Rhino is aware of this issue and is currently working to correct it.Read more ›
More than fifty years after the Four Seasons first topped the charts with "Sherry," it's hard to remember just how incredibly successful they were. In addition to their manufactured battle with Vee-Jay labelmates, the Beatles, the group was an unstoppable hit-making machine through the end of the decade, and took a curtain call for a pair of 1975 hits. If that weren't enough, their lead vocalist had a parallel career that saw him charting regularly as a solo artist, with his own encore for 1978's "Grease." Though they occasionally used material from outside writers, the bulk of the group's hits came from keyboardist Bob Gaudio and producer Bob Crewe, and their arrangements were handled steadily by Charles Calello, who'd sung with Valli in the predecessor Four Lovers.
Between 1962 and 1970, the group released fifteen albums, including three each in 1963, 1964 and 1965, and despite the songwriting talent evident in the group's hits, it was inevitable that the albums would be padded with lesser material. Which doesn't mean that the album tracks were nothing more than an afterthought, but just that there are few - particularly on the early albums - that match the effervescent genius of the hits.Read more ›
For years upon years , only greatest hits packages existed on CD , and finally the "still great" Rhino puts out the originals.Wish at least some liner notes came with the discs , but the music speaks for itself.
Beyond the hits is where the treasure lies. The deeper cuts , the obscure cover. Just a great , great vocal band from a bygone era.
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This was an incredible set. My 15yo daughter LOVED this. It has 18 Cds and includes the music from when the Four Seasons were the Four Lovers. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Stacey Chadwell
This is a very nice box set despite the fact some of the albums have substituted song titles. My copy of both, the covers and CDs were made in the EU. Read morePublished 9 months ago by piano man
Great Buy! The evolution of their sound is a roller coaster ride that can be appreciated album by album.Published 11 months ago by Arturo Rodriguez
A lot for the money, but...some redundancy in the individual album cuts. Also some songs were listed on the album, but left out or replaced on the CD. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Phil W