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Originally formed as The Four Lovers, they became the 4 Seasons in 1960, built around Frankie Valli on lead vocals, Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor vocals, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals and Nick Massi on bass guitar and bass vocals. Unlike many other groups of the time, they wrote much of their own material, including the two major hits to be found on this album, Big Girls Dont Cry and the number one smash Sherry (which was originally written as a tribute to the then First Lady Jackie Kennedy and was originally titled Jackie Baby). Whilst many albums of the time invariably contained one or two hit singles and were padded out with fodder for the rest of the tracks (which might well have influenced the title of this album), Sherry & 11 Others is something of a difference, since it allows the groups signature sound room to shine. It worked too, for the album would become a Top Ten success in the US, peaking at #6 on the Billboard chart.
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My only criticism is that I would have liked to have seen the stereo version and the non-album B-side(s) in tandem with this mono release. I suspect the expense would have been too great for Real Gone to keep to a reasonable price.
Taking cues from doo-wop, popular songs of the day and Bob Crewe-Bob Gaudio originals, they inaugurated a "new" East Coast sound that captured an audience for many years. Their albums were not always seen as must-haves compared to their singles, but, for me, I have grown to appreciate all of their recordings and, with this remastering, am just blown away.
NOTE: I have included, basically, this same review for the simultaneous Real Gone release 'Big Girls Don't Cry and Twelve others...'