Jersey Boys 2005 Original Broadway Cast Recording
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Recounting the rich history and reliving the timeless sounds of the phenomenal Frankie Vallie & The 4 Seasons, the new Broadway musical Jersey Boys answers the musical-and philosophical question, "How did four would-be wise guys from Newark, NJ, become one of the greatest chart-topping successes in pop music history?" Jersey Boys celebrates legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi who, as the 4 seasons, wrote their own songs, invented their own identity, and sold 175 million records worldwide-all before they were 30.
Although it squarely falls in the "jukebox musical" category, Jersey Boys doesn¹t try to integrate its songs in an artificial plotline. The show tells the story of the early-1960s group the Four Seasons, and the musical numbers tend to be introduced in context, as when songwriter Bob Gaudio comes up with a tune, or the quartet performs a show. This allows Jersey Boys to flow better than some of ill-fated peers, and the actors can shine without having to bend backward to accommodate an inane book. The show's most (only) daring move is to start with a hip-hop-tinged French-language version of "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," an actual hit in France in 2000. After that it's all VH1-biopic territory, but it's done with so much flair, taste and energy that the ride's a fun one. The Four Seasons had enough hits ("Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," etc.) to easily fill an evening at the theater, so it's left to the cast to do right by them. And it does, particularly John Lloyd Young as the band¹s star lead, Frankie Valli. Young hits all the falsetto notes and brings real freshness to the part. His "Can¹t Take My Eyes Off You," a second-act peak, is signed, sealed and delivered with a star's acumen. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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It's probably best to have gone to the show or watched the DVD first before listening to the CD, otherwise you won't be able to visualize all the action as you are listening. But once you have WOW you won't stop signing along!
After seeing the commercial for the musical and catching a glimpse of the performance of "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" (a song I truly love), I decided to buy JERSEY BOYS. And I'm glad I did.
Either from other artists remaking the songs or from distant childhood memories, I was amazed that I knew a lot of the material. Mostly all of the tracks were familiar.
The cd has some dialogue in it that explains the situations the group or individuals were/are in, before the songs start, so if you haven't seen the musical it helps tell the story.
Now the real gem in the JERSEY BOYS cd is John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli. The rest of the cast is good, but oh baby...this guy is all that! Just listen to Young's voice on "Sherry" as he goes up and down the scale. He sings like an angel.
My two favorite tracks: "My Eyes Adored You" and of course "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."
Anyway, if you're wondering about whether or not you should buy this cd because you aren't a big Four Seasons' fan or haven't seen the musical, don't worry...buy it. The music is familiar, it tells a story, the songs are great, and John Lloyd Young is the cherry on top!