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Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas

Jersey Boys Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B005FYCFQS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Joy To The World/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Ryan Molloy)
2. Winter Wonderland (Rick Faugno)
3. Little Drummer Boy (Joseph Leo Bwarie)
4. Santa Medley: Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Here Comes Santa Claus/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (John Lloyd Young)
5. O Holy Night/Rise Up Shepherd (Jersey Boys Ensemble featuring Mark Ivey, with soloists Michael Ingersoll and Tituss Burgess)
6. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Bobby Fox)
7. Jingle Bell Rock (Joseph Leo Bwarie)
8. A King Is Born (Jarrod Spector)
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (John Lloyd Young)
10. White Christmas (Ryan Molloy)
11. I ll Be Home For Christmas (Jarrod Spector)
12. Angels From The Realms Of Glory (Bobby Fox)
13. Silver Bells/Silent Night (Travis Cloer)
14. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Rick Faugno)
15. Breath Of Heaven/We Three Kings (Travis Cloer)
16. Carol Of The Bells/Angels We Have Heard On High
17. Auld Lang Syne (Jersey Boys Ensemble featuring Joseph Leo Bwarie, Travis Cloer, Rick Faugno, Bobby Fox, Ryan Molloy, Jarrod Spector, John Lloyd Young and Erik Bates)

Editorial Reviews

Many of the melodies and choral harmonies that catapulted the quartet from the streets of Newark into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are woven into classic holiday songs on Season's Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas. Listen for hints of "Come On Marianne" and "Oh What A Night" in the album opener "Joy To The World/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" plus traces of "Bye Bye Baby" in "Winter Wonderland." For Jersey Boys' first Christmas on Broadway in 2006, the cast recorded "O Holy Night" for a Christmas album to benefit Broadway charities.

This album features a new version of the song with a fresh arrangement that includes lines from the spiritual, "Rise Up, Shepherd." Other highlights from A Jersey Boys Christmas include a doo-wop version of "White Christmas" inspired by The Drifters and "Santa Medley," which infuses signature Jersey Boys harmonies into a trio of holiday favorites. Also featured is a unique version of "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" filtered through '80s synth-rock with a touch of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" thrown in for good measure.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preview The Song Samples Before Buying October 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
First off, for me this is a five star album. I love the sound and I love Christmas music. However, the title of the album, while possibly technically accurate, is more than misleading. The songs are presented by cast members, current and previous, of various companies of the Broadway show and touring companies of "Jersey Boys". However, the album does not represent the style many buyers will be expecting (Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons) on most of the songs. There are a couple of performances that utilize the famous Valli falsetto. But for the most part the album is a much better (and more accurate) representation of 50's & 60's styles of music than of any specific group. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the album (actually I find it quite good) but any potential buyer should listen to the track samples prior to purchase because if they are expecting seventeen Christmas songs done in the style of "Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons" they are going to be terribly disappointed. The Four Seasons have a Christmas album of their own (from the original group - recorded in the 60's) that is readily available on Amazon at about 1/5 of the cost of this CD. That isn't to suggest you not purchase "Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas" only that you know in advance what you'll be getting in order to avoid possible disappointment.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good not great October 6, 2011
Format:Audio CD
When I heard about this CD I immediately felt I had to add it to my collection. I loved Jersey Boys. I love Christmas. Can't miss, right? Well, I should have thought a little more about what I really expected this CD to be.

The thing I loved about Jersey Boys was hearing iconic songs performed very closely to the classic sound. The thing about Christmas music is that most songs have been performed by hundreds of artists. So, instead of wanting a song to sound a certain way, what I look for in a new Christmas CD is a familiar song performed in a new way. Using this criterion, the Jersey Boys CD falls a little short for me. As misterposter points out, this is not a Four Seasons Christmas CD. These are artists in their own right (Broadway musical artists to be exact) performing mostly well-known Christmas songs. The flavor is definitely 50s-60s, but if you just heard the songs out of context it would usually not remind you of the Four Seasons.

I recommend reading the liner notes before listening to the CD, and for this reason I definitely recommend the CD as opposed to the MP3 download. The liner notes alert you to listen for hints of Come On Marianne, Bye Bye Baby, etc., in specific songs. On my first listen, without having read the notes, I didn't hear them. Even with the cheat sheet, some of the references are pretty subtle, especially if you listen for the vocals rather than the orchestration. But the liner notes do enhance the experience.

The CD is advertised as being the first holiday album to come from a Broadway show, or some such. That seems like a pretty fine point. There have been plenty of various-artists holiday albums produced for charitable causes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD is as much fun as the show and all the music is true to the Jersey Boys sound!!!! What a fun Christmas CD...perfect for friends and family when you are gathered to celebrate!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great December 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I really liked this album. Some great versions of Christmas classics. If you like the Jersey Boys album then you should like this one too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great! December 3, 2011
By JSS3350
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved the musical and listen to the music frequently. Thought this cd would be as enjoyable however, some of the vocals are unpleasant as the singer is obviously straining to reach the higher notes. That being said, there are several really spectacular arrangements and marvelous vocal performances. I pick and choose what I want to listen to.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JERSEY BOYS SEASONS GREETINGS October 27, 2011
By Ms.A
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
GREAT HOLIDAY MUSIC...UPBEAT JOYUS MUSIC TO HELP "RING IN YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON" DON'T MISS THIS ONE...A MUST HOLIDAY HAVE!!!!!! LET THE JERSEY BOYS BE PART OF YOUR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES THIS SEASON!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected January 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a very disappointing CD. It sounded tinny and unprofessional and I was not at all happy with it. I have seen the play "Jersey Boys" and this did not sound at all like the singers I heard. I saw it in Philly and the vocals were excellent. Not so on the CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have CD for Your Christmas Collection November 3, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure when I ordered this CD if I was going to like it. I was concerned that I would compare it to the 4 Seasons' fantastic Christmas album issued in the 1960s, and not be pleased. Well there was nothing to worry about; this Jersey Boys' CD is phenomenal!! The arrangements of the songs do not attempt to recreate the 4 Seasons' album. They are new and fresh sounding. It was a feast for my ears to listen to one track after another. The various "Frankie Vallis" do an excellent job of putting their heart and soul in to each of the songs on the CD. They sing in their own unique voice and insert their own falsetto at appropriate points in the songs. The only track that sounds close to the 4 Seasons' original is "Santa's Medley." John Lloyd Young sings "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," closely duplicating the Frankie Valli originals. I do feel that this is appropriate since the 4 Seasons versions of these classics were chart busters themselves in the early 1960s. Why toy with success? Do yourself and family a real favor. Buy this excellent CD from The Jersey Boys cast, and sit back and enjoy! I guarantee you that you won't be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper!
Very enjoyable, not exactly what I expected, but very well done. It's a bit misleading, because you think it's ALL the Jersey Boys but if you read the other reviews they will tell... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lord Rhys
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't wait until Christmas so my neighbors won't think I,m crazy playing Christmas music in July!
Published 25 days ago by Donna
1.0 out of 5 stars very misleading and disappointed :(
I am a big fan of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, I have also seen the Broadway version of Jersey Boys, and have seen the Mid-Town Men in concert as well as I have albums from... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carrie A Mathes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great group!
Super Broadway play music-
Another one I listen to every year! brings so much joy and happiness-they are so full of life!
Published 10 months ago by Doris J James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Music!
This CD is a nice change from the traditional Christmas albums I have. MY friends love it and so do I.
Published 12 months ago by Jacque Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sound
Great sounds at a great price great shipping. I have heard them live a couple of time and play my disk over and over
Published 12 months ago by Thomas R. Finger
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not my favorite
I enjoyed this JBoys music, though it wouldn't be my favorite (for "Jersey Boys" or holidays). Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. Jacobs, Peoria, IL
3.0 out of 5 stars Great ....Fun....Not your usual Christmas Music!
This is a fun CD of Jersey Boys take on Christmas. It is not the usual renditions of Christmas Songs but it is entertaining.
Published 18 months ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars Actually There's a REAL Four Seasons Christmas Album
A lot of customers mention this album sounding like any "various artists" Christmas album when they expected a Four Seasons/ Frankie Valli sound. Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. L. MILLER
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas music
some different Christmas songs for a great change of pace. really enjoyed them all. Great sound and geat price for the CD
Published 19 months ago by J.R.
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The title of the album, while possible accurate, is more than misleading. The songs are presented by cast members, current and previous, of various companies of the Broadway show and touring companies of "Jersey Boys". However, the album does not represent the style many will be... Read More
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