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Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B005FYCFQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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If you're expecting Christmas favorites done in the Four Seasons style, you will be disappointed. I listened to the CD at first and wondered if I'd been duped; I heard what I thought were female leads, lacking the punch of a Four Seasons ensemble...didn't even realize these were the 'Frankie Valli' guys singing. When I perked up hearing what I had expected to hear, I found that those were bonus tracks of the original Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. How I wish they could have expanded on that! The 'Boys' HERE are singing more in their natural tenor-- and the songs are more lounge style representations rather than the characteristic Gaudio-Crewe style we remember. Even so, the vocals are superb, and the songs well done in their own way. I feel a lot of passion in the music, here. Just don't be misled.
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By Palmetto Pete on December 7, 2011
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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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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 the Four Seasons and Mid-town Men. I was expecting something simular to those classic songs and sounds. This album is not at all enjoyable, the songs sound nothing like any Christmas song I have ever heard, and the "frankie" like sound is truly painful to listen to. Please listen to the tracks before you purchase, you might be disappointed.
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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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