Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
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THE VERY BEST OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE 4 SEASONS packs a single CD with 20 classics recorded for Vee-Jay, Phillips, Curb/Warner, Private Stock, and RSO between 1962-1978.
New liner notes include group history with exclusive quotes plus track info, rare photos, and more.
The classic '60s and '70s hits by Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame pop vocal group Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons are ever-popular thanks to their frequent play on classic pop, A/C and oldies radio, as well as the songs' appearances on movie and TV soundtracks. Responding to many requests for the ultimate hits-driven single-disc compilation, we're proud to present THE VERY BEST OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE 4 SEASONS!
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The west coast of the pre-Beatles hysteria was dominated by the Beach Boys, with their wonderful tunes of summer, girls, surfing and the like before turning more serious with "Pet Sounds" in response to the Beatles' "Revolver". The Four Seasons were the sound of the New Jersey/New York urban scene. While they were very melodic in their own right, there was a toughness from this bunch of former troublemakers that resonated with big city audiences and had more R & B elements in their tunes.
And what tunes! From their first #1 "Sherry" all the way to Frankie Valli's solo tune "Grease" we're reminded of just how many hits they had, and even the more obscure tunes on this collection have the same class. We often overlook most early to mid-60's bands besides the Beach Boys and Beatles, and it's easy to forget the Four Seasons were right up there with them. Even the Beach Boys acknowledged the competition in one song, naming the Four Seasons in a chorus on "Surfers Rule", although given the background the Seasons grew up in, I doubt surfing was very interesting to them.
Still, those who liked the movie or Broadway play "Jersey Boys" but aren't quite sure which collection is best, go with the Rhino set as it's cheaper and has as mentioned before. I like oldies and new stuff equally if it's good, and even this (usually) metal fan digs the Four Seasons.
It is beyond me how Gaudio/Valli Productions found this talent and created an outstanding musical show. I was totally entranced with the music and lyrics that were ignited from the shelter of the corners of my mind. The people next to me in the theater were astonished that I sang all the songs with the cast. Surprisingly, I was also impressed I knew these songs backwards and forwards.
Comparing the album to the cast recording: the former is a pieced together album from recordings at different times over thirty years. Not all are at the same volume and have to be adjusted slightly. However, compared to the quality of the latter, it is excellent. Compared to my recordings I produced for my convertible by copying my 45s on my Norelco cassette recorder in the late 60s, they are outstanding.
Speaking of such, this album brings me right back to cruising the lake in my 62 red with white rag-top Chevy Impala with the top down. Although much of those memories are washed and suppressed by the trauma of being drafted for the Viet Nam War, these images come back with this music. While many were going ape over the British imports, many of us identified with the blue collar sound of these Italian American Northerners. We have never left them----God Bless Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
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and the sound is perfect very cheery cant help but sing a long in a big way brings back yester years today