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18CD set. Eighteen studio albums from 1962 to 1992, in mini-LP sleeves! Includes "Sherry & 11 Others", "Big Girls Don't Cry ...", "Born To Wander", "Rag Doll", "Who Loves You", "Streetfighter" and more. (FRANKIE VALLI)
(NOTE: I have added a second postscript regarding the two discs featuring different tracks)
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 ›
Nothing here you haven't heard before, Some of the discs are really short (12 songs) representative of the original vinyl LP's without any of the bonus singles that were thrown in on the now out of print Ace titles. The Overall sound is really good, I hear more low end on a few of these albums that weren't on the Ace titles as well as more volume. Not a bad collection, but not complete at all....too many songs are missing a true fan will know "Raven, Watch The Flowers Grow, Electric Stories, Opus 17" just to name a few and "Cry For Me & Fallen Angel" are missing from the Frankie Valli Box. Biggest Disappointment is that "On Broadway Tonight' is listed on the Rag Doll CD but it's not there, "I've Got You Under My Skin" is in it's place. $85 for 16 CD's would normally be a great price for a box set but all these discs running 8-12 tracks each isn't worth the money. I gave it 5 stars on content & packaging, but i'm not happy with it overall. Replicating each LP was nice but you could have easily fit all 16 CD's on 7 or 8 leaving out all the duplicate tracks. I should be able to return this set just on the notion that a listed track is missing but I don't think Amazon will allow that. If you don't have any of these tracks by all means buy this set, if you're a completist then it's right up your alley.
Been waiting a L-O-N-G time.......all 18 albums from The Four Seasons in one place....Add The Christmas Album and the Motown package , and you will have it all from The Four Seasons. 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.
It is certainly a great set, and really, how could any set such as this be anything less than five stars?!? However, though Dody, The Lonesome Road and I'm Gonna Change are listed on New Gold Hits (both the album sleeve and disc itself), they do not appear on the CD; they've been replaced with three other songs. That's a bit of a disappointment, gotta say. But I'm hardly going to return it just for that. Great collection!