25 All-Time Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This package is part of the Varese Sarabande label's general campaign to put out new greatest-hits packages of artists they've already given the best-of treatment to, the chief difference being the inclusion of more tracks the second time around. The company's The Best of Frankie Avalon, issued in 1995, had 18 songs; 25 All-Time Greatest Hits, as is self-evident, has seven more. The biggest hits are on both CDs, but alas it's not an automatic given that 25 All-Time Greatest Hits makes other Avalon anthologies redundant, since it's missing a number 56 chart hit that was on The Best of Frankie Avalon, "The Puppet Song." Granted that tune's not a world-beater, but its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This package is part of the Varese Sarabande label's general campaign to put out new greatest-hits packages of artists they've already given the best-of treatment to, the chief difference being the inclusion of more tracks the second time around. The company's The Best of Frankie Avalon, issued in 1995, had 18 songs; 25 All-Time Greatest Hits, as is self-evident, has seven more. The biggest hits are on both CDs, but alas it's not an automatic given that 25 All-Time Greatest Hits makes other Avalon anthologies redundant, since it's missing a number 56 chart hit that was on The Best of Frankie Avalon, "The Puppet Song." Granted that tune's not a world-beater, but its inclusion would probably mean something to a lot of fans who bother to select an Avalon best-of off the shelves. That omission aside, this has everything almost anyone would want by Avalon, including a bunch of songs beyond the half-dozen or so that still cling to oldies radio play lists. The best of the obscure tracks are the ones from the 1963 non-charting 45 "Beach Party"/"Don't Stop Now," which are far harder-rocking than most of his output, though they're not memorable. "Beach Party" was written by Gary Usher and Roger Christian, who were involved in composing many a hot rod and surf record, including some for the Beach Boys; "Don't Stop Now," which sounds like it would have fit in well in one of his beach movies, even has some early fuzz guitar. Beyond that, it might be noted that a surprisingly high portion of this has no relation to rock music, being far more in the orchestrated pop balladeer school that rock & roll did so much to close down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206630428
  • Catalog Number: 066304
  • Sales rank: 7,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Venus (2:23)
  2. 2 I'll Wait for You (2:55)
  3. 3 Dede Dinah (2:13)
  4. 4 Ginger Bread (2:04)
  5. 5 Just Ask Your Heart (2:30)
  6. 6 Where Are You (2:42)
  7. 7 A Perfect Love (2:21)
  8. 8 Why (2:38)
  9. 9 Tuxedo Junction (2:57)
  10. 10 Too Young to Love (2:11)
  11. 11 Bobby Sox to Stockings (2:40)
  12. 12 A Boy Without a Girl (2:00)
  13. 13 Togetherness (2:33)
  14. 14 Don't Let Love Pass Me By (2:47)
  15. 15 Swingin' on a Rainbow (1:58)
  16. 16 All of Everything (2:33)
  17. 17 Don't Throw Away All Those Teardrops (2:31)
  18. 18 Who Else But You (2:26)
  19. 19 You Are Mine (3:07)
  20. 20 Call Me Anytime (2:47)
  21. 21 A Miracle (2:18)
  22. 22 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (2:16)
  23. 23 Two Fools (2:22)
  24. 24 Beach Party (2:03)
  25. 25 Don't Stop Now (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Avalon Primary Artist
Don Costa Conductor
Peter DeAngelis Conductor
Technical Credits
Don Costa Arranger
Peter DeAngelis Arranger, Producer
Evren Göknar Mastering
William Johnson Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Robbie Van Leeuwen Composer
Joseph Lanza Liner Notes
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Marty Wekser Producer
Bob Marcucci Producer
Steve Massie Producer
Russell Faith Composer
Richard V. Di Cicco Composer
Charles Singleton Composer
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