Jersey Beat: The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Jersey Beat: The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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In the wake of the success of Jersey Boys, the theatrical production based on the Four Seasons' lives, Rhino issued this impressive three-CD, 76-track box set, which also includes a DVD of a dozen film clips from 1962-1975. It's never been hard to find a Four Seasons best-of that includes all their big hits (which are all here as well), but for those who want aSee more details below

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In the wake of the success of Jersey Boys, the theatrical production based on the Four Seasons' lives, Rhino issued this impressive three-CD, 76-track box set, which also includes a DVD of a dozen film clips from 1962-1975. It's never been hard to find a Four Seasons best-of that includes all their big hits (which are all here as well), but for those who want a bigger collection of the group's material, this fills the bill well. The usual intelligence Rhino brings to such large career retrospectives is in force here, the songs including numerous low-charting singles that usually don't make the cut for best-of anthologies; various LP-only tracks, and B-sides; Frankie Valli solo efforts; singles they released under the pseudonym of the Wonder Who?; and much more material from their post-1967 era than is found on most compilations. In fact, most of the really popular stuff is on disc one and the first half of disc two, though the box runs all the way through their comeback hits in the mid-'70s and a few stray releases from subsequent decades. With so much more bulk on this release than you hear on standard Four Seasons collections, two things are evident: that there are quite a few interesting songs by the group that rarely get played these days, and that nonetheless most of those songs, especially the ones postdating their early- to mid-'60s prime, aren't nearly as good as the familiar classics for which the group's most famous. Still, there are plenty of worthwhile lesser hits and obscurities here, like -- to name just a few -- the mid-'60s not-quite-hits "Toy Soldier" and "Girl Come Running"; the early Valli solo 45s "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" (covered for a hit by the Walker Brothers) and "(You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself"; the B-sides "Betrayed" and "Huggin' My Pillow," which sound like hits we all somehow missed; some erratic yet rather interesting attempts to move with the psychedelic times, like "Saturday's Father" and "Watch the Flowers Grow"; and a 1969 revival of "And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me)" that should have been a bigger single than the mild hit it was. The DVD disc is very solid, highlighted by a live 1962 performance of "Big Girls Don't Cry," a live 1964 medley of hits, and a strange 1968 clip of "Saturday's Father" mixing performance and video. The DVD, in fact, can only be criticized on the grounds that it leaves you hungry for more, particularly since there must be a lot more Four Seasons clips in existence considering the group's popularity. It's true that for all its size, some aficionados might find some of their favorite obscurities missing, like the early B-side "Connie-O" (a substantial regional hit in some areas), "No Surfin' Today," the early Phil Ochs cover "New Town," and the Wonder Who?'s version of "On the Good Ship Lollipop." It's also true that the energy flags on the final disc, which (despite the inclusion of the mid-'70s smashes "My Eyes Adored You," "Swearin' to God," and "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)") might start to wear on the patience of the average fan. But then, like many box sets, this isn't geared toward the average fan. It's for the big fan, who will treasure the breadth of this collection, and the non-fanatic who takes a chance on it will be surprised by how much more diverse the group's records were than is usually realized. And the Four Seasons certainly have a lot of big fans, including numerous celebrities who contributed comments on individual tracks to the 84-page liner note booklet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227485221
catalogNumber:
74852
Rank:
23029

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sherry
  2. Big Girls Don't Cry
  3. Walk Like a Man
  4. Ain't That a Shame
  5. Candy Girl
  6. Marlena
  7. Peanuts
  8. Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)
  9. Stay
  10. Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes)
  11. Dawn (Go Away)
  12. Big Man's World
  13. Marcie
  14. Silence Is Golden
  15. Huggin' My Pillow
  16. Ronnie
  17. Rag Doll
  18. Save It for Me
  19. Big Man in Town
  20. Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)
  21. Betrayed
  22. Toy Soldier
  23. Girl Come Running
  24. Let's Hang On!
  25. Don't Think Twice (It's All Right)  -  Wonder Who?
  26. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)  - Frankie Valli
  27. (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself  - Frankie Valli
  28. Pity
  29. You're Ready Now  - Frankie Valli
  30. Cousin Brucie Go Go

Disc 2

  1. Working My Way Back to You
  2. Can't Get Enough of You Baby
  3. Everybody Knows My Name
  4. Comin' Up in the World
  5. Beggars Parade
  6. Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)
  7. I've Got You Under My Skin
  8. The Proud One  - Frankie Valli
  9. Tell It to the Rain
  10. Beggin'
  11. Can't Take My Eyes off You  - Frankie Valli
  12. C'mon Marianne
  13. Lonesome Road  -  Wonder Who?
  14. Around and Around (Andaroundandaround)
  15. I Make a Fool of Myself  - Frankie Valli
  16. Watch the Flowers Grow
  17. Raven
  18. To Give (The Reason I Live)  - Frankie Valli
  19. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  20. Good-Bye Girl
  21. Saturday's Father
  22. Electric Stories
  23. Something's on Her Mind
  24. Idaho
  25. Genuine Mountain Life

Disc 3

  1. And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me)
  2. The Girl I'll Never Know (Angels Never Fly This Low)  - Frankie Valli
  3. She Gives Me Light  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  4. Patch of Blue  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  5. Heartaches and Raindrops
  6. Lay Me Down (Wake Me Up)
  7. Where Are My Dreams
  8. Sleeping Man  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  9. The Night  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  10. My Eyes Adored You  - Frankie Valli
  11. Swearin' to God  - Frankie Valli
  12. Who Loves You
  13. Our Day Will Come  - Frankie Valli
  14. December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
  15. Silver Star
  16. Fallen Angel  - Frankie Valli
  17. Rhapsody
  18. Grease  - Frankie Valli
  19. East Meets West  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  20. Streetfighter  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  21. Hope and Glory

Disc 4

  1. Big Girls Don't Cry
  2. 1964 Medley: Sherry/Big Girls Don't Cry/Dawn (Go Away)/Rag Doll/Brother
  3. Working My Way Back to You
  4. Can't Take My Eyes off You  - Frankie Valli
  5. Let's Hang On!
  6. Saturday's Father
  7. (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself  - Frankie Valli
  8. I've Got You Under My Skin  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  9. Dawn (Go Away)  -  Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  10. Who Loves You
  11. Rhapsody
  12. December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons   Primary Artist
Frankie Valli   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Appell   Conductor
Artie Schroeck   Conductor
Bob Crewe   Conductor
Barry Gibb   Conductor
Albhy Galuten   Conductor
Sid Bass   Conductor
Herb Bernstein   Conductor
David Blumberg   Conductor
Charles Calello   Bass,Conductor
Hutch Davie   Conductor
Bob Gaudio   Conductor,Keyboards,Vocals
Joe Long   Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Denny Randell   Conductor
Warren Schatz   Conductor
Lee Shapiro   Conductor
Hank Medress   Conductor
Tommy DeVito   Guitar,Vocals
Nick Massi   Bass,Vocals
Joe Scott   Conductor

Technical Credits

Itzhak Perlman   Author
Neil Sedaka   Author
Dick Clark   Author
Neil Diamond   Author
Dion & the Timberlanes   Author
Bob Dylan   Composer,Author
Lesley Gore   Author
Billy Joel   Author
Carole King   Composer
Kooper   Author
Barry Manilow   Author
Donna Summer   Author
Maurice Williams   Composer
Brian Wilson   Author
Quincy Jones   Author
Bill Medley   Author
David Foster   Author
Dave Appell   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jerry Corbetta   Author
Gerry Goffin   Composer,Author
Jake Holmes   Composer,Author
Larry Santos   Composer,Author
Artie Schroeck   Author,Orchestral Arrangements
Bill Wyman   Author
Paul Shaffer   Author
Bob Crewe   Composer,Producer,Author,Orchestral Arrangements
Kenny Nolan   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer,Producer,Author,Orchestral Arrangements
Frank Loesser   Composer
Albhy Galuten   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Gene Austin   Composer
Sid Bass   Orchestral Arrangements
Herb Bernstein   Author,Orchestral Arrangements
Jay Black   Author
David Blumberg   Orchestral Arrangements
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Charles Calello   Composer,Author,Orchestral Arrangements
Felix Cavaliere   Author
Roy Cicala   Engineer
Gordon Clark   Engineer
Mike Curb   Author
Anthony d'Amico   Engineer
Hutch Davie   Orchestral Arrangements
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Joey Dee   Author
Dennis Diken   Essay
Fats Domino   Composer,Author
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Guy Fletcher   Composer
Val Garay   Engineer
Mort Garson   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Bill Inglot   Author,Remastering
Irwin Levine   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer,Producer,Author
Joe Long   Author
Bill MacMeeken   Engineer
Johnny Marr   Author
Steve Maslow   Engineer
Larry Miles   Engineer
Dave Munden   Author
Tony Orlando   Author
Judy Parker   Composer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Cole Porter   Composer
Billy Radice   Engineer
Denny Randell   Composer,Author,Orchestral Arrangements
Karl Richardson   Producer,Engineer
Rick Ruggieri   Engineer
Warren Schatz   Orchestral Arrangements
Lee Shapiro   Orchestral Arrangements
Art Stewart   Engineer
Steven Van Zandt   Author
Patrick Von Wiegandt   Engineer
Regis Philbin   Author
Hank Medress   Producer,Author,Orchestral Arrangements
Eric Lilljequist   Composer
Mike Petrillo   Composer,Author
Martin Short   Author
Doug Flett   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Author
Gene Sculatti   Author
Don Ciccone   Author
Tommy DeVito   Author
Nick Massi   Author,Vocal Arrangements
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Jerry Blavat   Author
Morty Craft   Composer
Keith Urban   Author
Joe Atkinson   Engineer
J. Robert Spencer   Author
Ruzicka   Composer
Joe Pesci   Author
Camillo Bargoni   Composer
Raymond Bloodworth   Composer,Author
Selma Craft   Composer
Nik Cohn   Author
Joe Scott   Orchestral Arrangements
Christian Hoff   Author
Alan Paul   Author
Joey Reynolds   Author
Nicole Kidman   Author
Nathaniel Shilkret   Composer
Charles Norbeck   Discographical Annotation
Larry Brown   Composer
Charles Alexander   Essay
L. Russell Brown   Composer,Author
Crescenzo Capece   Author
Ken Charmer   Author
Angelo "Chubby" Cifelli   Composer,Author
Roy Clair   Author
Joseph Colin Clark   Author
Darcel De Vito Collins   Author
"Little Joe" Cook   Author
Rick Elice   Author
Danielle Gaudio Lalehzar   Author
Judy Parker Gaudio   Author
Lisa Gaudio   Author
Aparisim Ghosh   Author
Michel Gignac   Author
Right Honourable Greg MP Knight   Author
Sherry Lansing   Author
Russell McClelland   Author
Mike Miller   Author
"Cousin Bruce" Morrow   Author
Daniel Reichard   Author
Mark Rotella   Author
Frank Rovello   Author
Susie Skarl   Author
Toni Valli   Author
John Lloyd Young   Author
Marshall Brickman   Author
Daniel Hersch   Remastering
Robby "Mann" Robinson   Author

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