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Not Quite Enough
on September 5, 2007
I bought this album before I went to see the show, but I did not receive it in the mail until after. I'm glad I didn't listen to it before the show. If I had listened to this, without seeing the show I think I could not enjoy it as much as I do. I would probably be irritated with all the talking, without the context and memory of seeing the show.
I originally bought this instead of seeing the musical. As it turned out I went to the San Francisco show (second touring cast). The quality of singing, and sound production in general, is better that what I saw live. It's also a very nice way to remember the show in general. However, many of the tracks (like in the musical) have voiceovers of characters. For me this is distracting, even though it is authentic, because then I can't listen to the singing, but there's not enough context or dialog for me to appreciate the voiceovers.
Something else you may want to know: This is not a substitute for a Frankie Valli/Four Seasons greatest hits album. If that's what you want buy that, not a soundtrack to a musical. Many of the songs were not originally four seasons, are not complete, and as mentioned above, have characters talking over the song.