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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227485221
  • Catalog Number: 74852
  • Sales rank: 8,493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sherry (2:37)
  2. 2 Big Girls Don't Cry (2:26)
  3. 3 Walk Like a Man (2:17)
  4. 4 Ain't That a Shame (2:36)
  5. 5 Candy Girl (2:38)
  6. 6 Marlena (2:34)
  7. 7 Peanuts (2:22)
  8. 8 Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) (2:51)
  9. 9 Stay (1:57)
  10. 10 Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes) (2:23)
  11. 11 Dawn (Go Away) (2:48)
  12. 12 Big Man's World (2:35)
  13. 13 Marcie (2:21)
  14. 14 Silence Is Golden (3:08)
  15. 15 Huggin' My Pillow (2:37)
  16. 16 Ronnie (2:57)
  17. 17 Rag Doll (3:02)
  18. 18 Save It for Me (2:37)
  19. 19 Big Man in Town (2:47)
  20. 20 Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye) (2:34)
  21. 21 Betrayed (3:00)
  22. 22 Toy Soldier (2:33)
  23. 23 Girl Come Running (3:00)
  24. 24 Let's Hang On! (3:18)
  25. 25 Don't Think Twice (It's All Right) - The Wonder Who? (2:59)
  26. 26 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) - Frankie Valli (3:31)
  27. 27 (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself - Frankie Valli (2:33)
  28. 28 Pity (2:37)
  29. 29 You're Ready Now - Frankie Valli (2:19)
  30. 30 Cousin Brucie Go Go (1:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Working My Way Back to You (3:05)
  2. 2 Can't Get Enough of You Baby (2:25)
  3. 3 Everybody Knows My Name (3:22)
  4. 4 Comin' Up in the World (2:54)
  5. 5 Beggars Parade (3:00)
  6. 6 Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) (2:34)
  7. 7 I've Got You Under My Skin (3:40)
  8. 8 The Proud One - Frankie Valli (2:59)
  9. 9 Tell It to the Rain (2:38)
  10. 10 Beggin' (2:49)
  11. 11 Can't Take My Eyes off You - Frankie Valli (3:23)
  12. 12 C'mon Marianne (2:36)
  13. 13 Lonesome Road - The Wonder Who? (2:31)
  14. 14 Around and Around (Andaroundandaround) (3:11)
  15. 15 I Make a Fool of Myself - Frankie Valli (3:39)
  16. 16 Watch the Flowers Grow (3:20)
  17. 17 Raven (3:16)
  18. 18 To Give (The Reason I Live) - Frankie Valli (3:24)
  19. 19 Will You Love Me Tomorrow (3:20)
  20. 20 Good-Bye Girl (3:17)
  21. 21 Saturday's Father (3:13)
  22. 22 Electric Stories (2:47)
  23. 23 Something's on Her Mind (2:49)
  24. 24 Idaho (3:04)
  25. 25 Genuine Mountain Life (6:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me) (3:33)
  2. 2 The Girl I'll Never Know (Angels Never Fly This Low) - Frankie Valli (3:42)
  3. 3 She Gives Me Light (3:13)
  4. 4 Patch of Blue (3:06)
  5. 5 Heartaches and Raindrops (3:05)
  6. 6 Lay Me Down (Wake Me Up) (3:38)
  7. 7 Where Are My Dreams (3:15)
  8. 8 Sleeping Man (4:12)
  9. 9 The Night (3:25)
  10. 10 My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli (3:34)
  11. 11 Swearin' to God - Frankie Valli (4:02)
  12. 12 Who Loves You (4:07)
  13. 13 Our Day Will Come - Frankie Valli (3:59)
  14. 14 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) (3:33)
  15. 15 Silver Star (4:02)
  16. 16 Fallen Angel - Frankie Valli (4:10)
  17. 17 Rhapsody (5:18)
  18. 18 Grease - Frankie Valli (3:26)
  19. 19 East Meets West (4:05)
  20. 20 Streetfighter (4:03)
  21. 21 Hope and Glory (4:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Big Girls Don't Cry
  2. 2 1964 Medley: Sherry/Big Girls Don't Cry/Dawn (Go Away)/Rag Doll/Brother
  3. 3 Working My Way Back to You
  4. 4 Can't Take My Eyes off You - Frankie Valli
  5. 5 Let's Hang On!
  6. 6 Saturday's Father
  7. 7 (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself - Frankie Valli
  8. 8 I've Got You Under My Skin
  9. 9 Dawn (Go Away)
  10. 10 Who Loves You
  11. 11 Rhapsody
  12. 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 Author
Bob Dylan Composer, Author
Lesley Gore Author
Billy Joel Author
Carole King Composer
Al 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
Al 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 Jr. 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
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    The 3-disc set with additional DVD is excellent. Included are all the famous Frankie Valli songs that you remember and also some that are not so well remembered but still excellent.

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