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Audio With A G: Sounds of A Jersey Boy, The Music of Bob Gaudio (2CD) CD

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Audio With A G: Sounds of A Jersey Boy, The Music of Bob Gaudio is a two-disc compilation that pays tribute to many of the memorable songs that Gaudio wrote through the years. It begins with "Short Shorts," a 1958 hit that he co-wrote when he was 15 and a member of the Royal Teens. Many songs feature Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, but there is no shortage of other artists who have performed Gaudio s songs, including Frank Sinatra, the Tremeloes, The Walker Brother, Diana Ross, Nina Simone, Cher and the Temptations. All three of these collections arrived soon after the debut of director Clint Eastwood s big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. To celebrate the film, Rhino will also release the soundtrack to this highly anticipated film.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. SHORT SHORTS Royal Teens
  2. SHERRY Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  3. BIG GIRLS DON T CRY Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  4. WALK LIKE A MAN Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  5. WHATEVER YOU WANT Jerry Butler
  6. ANOTHER DAY Chuck Jackson
  7. DAWN (GO AWAY) Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  8. RAG DOLL Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  9. BYE, BYE, BABY (BABY, GOODBYE) Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  10. BYE, BYE, BABY (BABY, GOODBYE) Bay City Rollers
  11. SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
  12. THE SUN AIN T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Walker Brothers
  13. THE SUN AIN T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) Cher
  14. CAN T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
  15. CAN T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Nancy Wilson
  16. SATURDAY S FATHER Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  17. WALL STREET VILLAGE DAY Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  18. ELIZABETH Frank Sinatra
  19. I WOULD BE IN LOVE (ANYWAY) Frank Sinatra
  20. FOR A WHILE Nina Simone

Disc: 2

  1. THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  2. I HEARD A LOVE SONG (BUT YOU NEVER MADE A SOUND) Diana Ross
  3. STONE LIBERTY Diana Ross
  4. DEEPER THAN LOVE The Temptations
  5. WHO LOVES YOU Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  6. DECEMBER, 1963 (OH, WHAT A NIGHT) Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  7. DOWN THE HALL Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  8. THE NIGHT Lene Lovich
  9. CAN T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boys Town Gang
  10. BEGGIN (Pilooski Re-Edit) Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  11. WHEN SOMEONE TEARS YOUR HEART IN TWO Roberta Flack
  12. THIS TIME AROUND Ruthie Henshall
  13. TWO KINDS OF FIRE Ruthie Henshall & Tim Howar
  14. CES SOIRÉES-LA Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast
  15. SHERRY Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast
  16. WHO LOVES YOU Jersey Boys Original Broadway Cast


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B00KU3Y3NM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Crescenzo C. Capece on July 1, 2014
Bob Gaudio is not your standard rock and roll legend. The truth is, until Jersey Boys reminded the planet how popular and great the music of the Four Seasons was, few people would have recognized his name. Fewer still would have known how wide and deep his musical accomplishments were. "Audio With A G." finally puts some of that in perspective.
From his silly, but infectious hit making baptism as a Royal Teen through his hand in creating his own first rate de facto "tribute" band (the Jersey Boys) this artist never stopped moving foward. He guided the unique Four Seasons sound from a novel steamroller of Italian-American soul to a fleshed out legacy chock full of emotional impact and lasting hooks and choruses. He also worked and created for great artists from across the musical aisles,and even composed and produced what many consider one of Frank Sinatra's greatest artistic triumphs! When your music is covered by acts as diverse as the Bay City Rollers, the Walker Brothers and Nina Simone, you're doing something brilliant!
You'll hear hits and covers of hits here, and witness the development of a major talent even you might have underestimated.You'll sing along, you'll listen intensely, and you'll discover (few have heard the tracks from his West End theatrical production). You'll wonder why it took so long for someone to finally even try to put together such a compilation. You'll join the quiet cult of music lovers who always considered the man a Genius, as certainly that's the other "G" that goes along with his audio!!
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This 2-CD package is one of three audio releases that Rhino assembled in connection with the release of Clint Eastwood’s film “Jersey Boys”. This is in addition to the Jersey Boys “soundtrack” – which is really a combination of performances in the film and some from the Broadway cast album (with a few Four Seasons hits for “bonus” tracks. I’ve already reviewed that CD on Amazon.)

Of the three reissue projects (a “Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons” box, a “Frankie Valli – Selected Solo Works” box and this 2-disc CD (whose title I find quite clever), I think this was the most interesting. I’m still working my way through the other “boxes” but there is material here that, honestly, I don’t ever remember hearing (and, in the case of the previously unissued recording from the London cast of “Peggy Sue Got Married”, most folks haven’t heard either.).

If the 36 tracks on this album were a Pandora station or a Spotify Playlist they would be called “The Bob Gaudio Station”. It’s amazing the talent this guy had from writing “Short Shorts” for the Royal Teens in 1958 (this could be one of the first rock and roll 45s I acquired as a teenager) to writing songs for Sinatra’s “Watertown” album – a Sinatra release I probably haven’t heard in more than 40 years! The variety of music styles here is its strength – but can also be a weakness. There are some Frankie Valli songs that didn’t make it, and yes Gaudio wrote during the disco period. I like the fact that two different recordings of a Gaudio song are presented – often back-to-back (Walker Brothers’ and Cher’s version of “ The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” for example) or when Lene Lovich sings “The Night” a few tracks after Valli’s solo version.
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Although Frankie Valli stood out front of the Four Seasons, and his name was prefixed to the group's starting in 1970, the act's commercial success was equally dependent on their long-time songwriter and keyboardist, Bob Gaudio. Gaudio not only played and sang with the group, but he penned the bulk of their biggest hits, including chart-toppers, "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll," the group's mid-70s comebacks, "Who Loves You" and "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)," and Frankie Valli's solo hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Incredibly, that's just a few of his accomplishments, as he wrote many more singles, B-sides and album tracks for the Four Seasons, and scored hits with several other acts.

Rhino's two-disc set collects thirty-six tracks that sample Gaudio's songwriting, including material from the Four Seasons, Jerry Butler, Chuck Jackson, Cher, Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Lene Lovich, Ruthie Henshall, the Royal Teens, Bay City Rollers, Tremeloes, Walker Brothers and Temptations. The Four Seasons material features hits and album tracks, including a pair from the group's Gaudio-Jake Holmes penned 1969 concept album, The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette. Perhaps more interesting to Four Seasons fans will be songs Gaudio wrote for or turned into hits for other acts.

The Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" opens the set, as it did Gaudio's hit-making career. The single rose to #3 in 1958 and Gaudio dropped out of high school to tour, meeting Frankie Valli along the way.
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