In Season: The Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons Anthology

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For those who've lived under a rock for almost 50 years, this review will mean less than nothing. The rest of us have no doubt encountered -- on some television program, a commercial for a K-Tel oldies collection, or, in rarer cases, songs floating in the background on a film soundtrack -- Frankie Valli's shattering falsetto fronting his rock and doo wop band, the Four Seasons. As certainly as other artists of the period are known by their signatures -- the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Miracles, the Shirelles, Dion and the Belmonts -- the Four Seasons are instantly recognized by Valli's lead vocal and flawless three- and four-part harmony, strung with lines of blue-collar ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For those who've lived under a rock for almost 50 years, this review will mean less than nothing. The rest of us have no doubt encountered -- on some television program, a commercial for a K-Tel oldies collection, or, in rarer cases, songs floating in the background on a film soundtrack -- Frankie Valli's shattering falsetto fronting his rock and doo wop band, the Four Seasons. As certainly as other artists of the period are known by their signatures -- the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Miracles, the Shirelles, Dion and the Belmonts -- the Four Seasons are instantly recognized by Valli's lead vocal and flawless three- and four-part harmony, strung with lines of blue-collar American poetry. To the people of New Jersey and other parts of America, the Four Seasons were every bit as much a part of the early pop scene as the Beatles and the Beach Boys -- and preceded both of them with an original lineup that recorded chart singles as early as 1955 and made an appearance on Ed Sullivan in 1959! Rhino Records it seems is in agreement with this premise and has undertaken a crusade to convince critics and the general public that somehow a group that sold literally millions of records has not been given enough attention. To this end they've issued this two-disc anthology and a separate disc of B-sides and other underappreciated "golden nuggets" by the classic Four Seasons lineup of Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. Evidenced by this anthology alone, there is no disputing that the Four Seasons were very special, a singular East Coast supergroup who managed to keep rock & roll exciting and surprisingly white bread at the same time. Parents dug 'em as well as teenagers, which is probably why "critics" at the time -- there wasn't any formal rock criticism yet -- hated them. They weren't dangerous enough. The music here contains all the hits: "Sherry," "Big Girls, Don't Cry," "Stay," "Walk Like a Man," "Dawn Go Away," "Candy Girl," "Let's Hang on to What We've Got," and so on. Disc one alone contains 23 essential Four Seasons sides from 1962 to 1966 -- all of which charted. That's a hell of a run. The story is a complex one: they had their own writers Gaudio, Bob Crewe, Judy Parker, etc.; they were a trad rock combo with a killer producer in Crewe; and they later embraced material from outside their insular world from writers like Burt Bacharach "Let's Hang On..." and Bob Dylan "Don't Think Twice It's Alright". But it doesn't stop there; after various members left the group, Valli -- at least as far as the labels and charts were concerned -- became a solo act though Bob Gaudio and Valli remained partners until the end, and the Four Seasons recorded under Valli's name variously, including the 1976 smash "December, 1963 Oh What a Night." The final five tracks of disc one and all of disc two -- 23 tracks -- follow Valli's career through until the issue of his final hit, "Grease," in 1978. The music and notation of where the singles were recorded, who for, date, and catalogue numbers would have sufficed. A history is also necessary, but Anthology producer Gary Stewart and his liner note scribe Pat Sierchio have insisted on beating us over the head with a Four Seasons apologia that at every turn claims to set the record straight by making endless aesthetic comparisons and making sure we know every single time the band charted as high as the Beatles, or recorded a riff or vocal worthy of Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards or Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson. After two pages it's boring, a chore to get through, and you find yourself thumbing to the back to find the label and chart position without reading any more of the pompous drivel that passes for liner notes. Valli's and the 4 Seasons' music stands on its own; it is classic and enduring in every sense of the word; it needs no apology and will be a necessary part of American popular music history forever. So, for the truly wonderful, innovative music on this collection, Anthology gets a solid ten, but because of its hopelessly embarrassing and tongue-wagging press release that passes for archival liner notes, as a package it gets only a seven. Yo! Frankie: Next time, leave the notes to someone who doesn't want to carry your slippers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227426620
  • Catalog Number: 74266

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sherry - The Four Seasons (2:33)
  2. 2 Big Girls Don't Cry - The Four Seasons (2:26)
  3. 3 Connie-O - The Four Seasons (2:27)
  4. 4 Peanuts - The Four Seasons (2:21)
  5. 5 Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) - The Four Seasons (2:52)
  6. 6 Walk Like a Man - The Four Seasons (2:17)
  7. 7 Ain't That a Shame - The Four Seasons (2:36)
  8. 8 Candy Girl - The Four Seasons (2:38)
  9. 9 Marlena - The Four Seasons (2:36)
  10. 10 Stay - The Four Seasons (1:56)
  11. 11 Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes) - The Four Seasons (2:24)
  12. 12 Dawn (Go Away) - The Four Seasons (2:47)
  13. 13 Silence Is Golden - The Four Seasons (3:07)
  14. 14 Ronnie - The Four Seasons (2:57)
  15. 15 Rag Doll - The Four Seasons (3:00)
  16. 16 Save It for Me - The Four Seasons (2:34)
  17. 17 Big Man in Town - The Four Seasons (2:45)
  18. 18 Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye) - The Four Seasons (2:32)
  19. 19 Betrayed - The Four Seasons (2:57)
  20. 20 Toy Soldier - The Four Seasons (2:32)
  21. 21 Girl Come Running - The Four Seasons (3:00)
  22. 22 Let's Hang On (To What We've Got) - The Four Seasons (3:18)
  23. 23 Don't Think Twice (It's All Right) - The Wonder Who? (2:57)
  24. 24 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) - Frankie Valli (3:31)
  25. 25 (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself - Frankie Valli (2:32)
  26. 26 Working My Way Back to You - The Four Seasons (3:04)
  27. 27 You're Ready Now - Frankie Valli (2:19)
  28. 28 Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) - The Four Seasons (2:34)
  29. 29 I've Got You Under My Skin - The Four Seasons (3:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Can't Take My Eyes off You - Frankie Valli (3:21)
  2. 2 C'mon Marianne - The Four Seasons (2:34)
  3. 3 The Proud One - Frankie Valli (2:59)
  4. 4 Tell It to the Rain - The Four Seasons (2:37)
  5. 5 Beggin' - The Four Seasons (2:48)
  6. 6 Lonesome Road - The Wonder Who? (2:30)
  7. 7 I Make a Fool of Myself - Frankie Valli (3:38)
  8. 8 Watch the Flowers Grow - The Four Seasons (3:18)
  9. 9 To Give (The Reason I Live) - Frankie Valli (3:22)
  10. 10 Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Four Seasons (3:20)
  11. 11 Idaho - The Four Seasons (3:05)
  12. 12 The Girl I'll Never Know (Angels Never Fly This Low) - Frankie Valli (3:37)
  13. 13 And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me) Patch of Blue - The Four Seasons (3:30)
  14. 14 Patch of Blue - The Four Seasons (3:05)
  15. 15 My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli (3:32)
  16. 16 Swearin' to God - Frankie Valli (4:04)
  17. 17 Who Loves You - The Four Seasons (4:12)
  18. 18 Our Day Will Come - The Four Seasons (4:12)
  19. 19 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) - The Four Seasons (3:22)
  20. 20 Silver Star - The Four Seasons (3:59)
  21. 21 Fallen Angel - Frankie Valli (4:06)
  22. 22 Grease - Frankie Valli (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Track Performer
Frankie Valli Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Dave Appell Conductor
Jerry Corbetta Keyboards, Group Member
Artie Schroeck Conductor
Bob Crewe Conductor
Barry Gibb Conductor
Albhy Galuten Conductor
Sid Bass Conductor
Herb Bernstein Conductor
Charles Calello Bass, Conductor, Group Member
Vinnie Colaiuta Guitar, Group Member
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Hutch Davie Conductor
Bob Gaudio Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Robert Grim Guitar, Group Member
Larry Lingle Guitar, Rhythm, Group Member
Joe Long Bass, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
John Paiva Guitar, Rhythm, Group Member
Gerry Polci Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Denny Randell Conductor
Rex Robinson Bass, Group Member
Robbie Robinson Keyboards, Group Member
Warren Schatz Conductor
Lee Shapiro Conductor, Keyboards, Group Member
Tim Stone Keyboards, Group Member
Hank Medress Conductor
Don Ciccone Guitar, Group Member
Tommy DeVito Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Nick Massi Bass, Vocals, Group Member
The Wonder Who? Track Performer
Chuck Wilson Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Al Ruzicka Keyboards, Group Member
Joe Scott Conductor
Clay Jordan Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Carole King Composer
Maurice Williams Composer
Dave Appell Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jake Holmes Composer
Larry Santos Composer
Artie Schroeck Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Crewe Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Kenny Nolan Composer
Richard Fariña Composer
Barry Gibb Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Ken Perry Remastering
Albhy Galuten Arranger, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Gene Austin Composer
Sid Bass Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Herb Bernstein Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Charles Calello Arranger, Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Roy Cicala Engineer
Gordon Clark Engineer
Hutch Davie Arranger
Michael Delugg Engineer
Fats Domino Composer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Guy Fletcher Composer
Val Garay Engineer
Mort Garson Composer
Bob Gaudio Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bob Hilliard Composer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Sandy Linzer Composer
Bill MacMeeken Engineer
Steve Maslow Engineer
Judy Parker Composer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Radice Engineer
Denny Randell Arranger, Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Karl Richardson Producer, Engineer
Robbie Robinson Music Direction
Rick Ruggieri Engineer
Warren Schatz Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Lee Shapiro Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Al Stillman Composer
Hank Medress Arranger, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Mike Petrillo Composer
Doug Flett Composer
Nick Massi Vocal Arrangements
Maria Villar Art Direction
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Morty Craft Composer
Robert Gaudio Memorabilia
Camillo Bargoni Composer
Raymond Bloodworth Composer
Selma Craft Composer
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Joe Scott Arranger
Nathaniel Shilkret Composer
L. Russell Brown Composer
Peggy Farina Composer
Bob Guadido Composer
Joe Cook Composer
Cifelli Composer
Lawrence Santos Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    THE REAL JERSEY BOYS

    This collection is just what I wanted. Every Four Season song you can imagine. All the hits and then some. Great price and fast delivery!

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