Romancing the '60s

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Frankie Valli has recorded only sparingly as a solo artist, and virtually never after the late '70s. (Culture hounds should already be aware that the most notable solo Valli performance was the theme song to 1978's Grease, the latest of his Top Ten hits.) But in 2007, with his recurring appearances on The Sopranos and the success of the Four Seasons-based Broadway smash Jersey Boys, Valli's fame was higher than it had been in 30 years, and he returned with the solo album Romancing the '60s. In similar company with the standards records of Barry Manilow that topped the charts in the mid-2000s, the album presents a baker's dozen of nuggets from the pop canon (plus an extra ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Frankie Valli has recorded only sparingly as a solo artist, and virtually never after the late '70s. (Culture hounds should already be aware that the most notable solo Valli performance was the theme song to 1978's Grease, the latest of his Top Ten hits.) But in 2007, with his recurring appearances on The Sopranos and the success of the Four Seasons-based Broadway smash Jersey Boys, Valli's fame was higher than it had been in 30 years, and he returned with the solo album Romancing the '60s. In similar company with the standards records of Barry Manilow that topped the charts in the mid-2000s, the album presents a baker's dozen of nuggets from the pop canon (plus an extra thrown in as part of a medley). It doesn't come as a surprise that Valli's tastes run as heavily into pop as Manilow's, which results in many choices from the Brill Building stable (plus a healthy dose of Motown). Also, there's a preponderance of American choices, the only one outside the hemisphere being Brit producer Tony Hatch on "Call Me" (and that one hit the charts thanks to American Chris Montez). Although Valli had kept active during the years as a live performer, it may still be a surprise to hear how his sweet falsetto has thinned as it's aged. Valli has a large orchestra behind him on most songs, as well as backing vocals on several performances to bolster his singing. The last track, "On Broadway," features the Jersey Boys themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602517462182
  • Catalog Number: 000990802
  • Sales rank: 6,323

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Valli Primary Artist
Michael Davis Trombone, Performing Ensemble
Rodney Jones Electric Guitar
Rob Mounsey Piano, Keyboards
Artie Schroeck Conductor
Robin Clark Background Vocals
Paul Shaffer Hammond Organ, Soloist
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Dennis Anderson Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Diane Barere Performing Ensemble, Celli
Lori Brooks Background Vocals
Charles Calello Conductor
Angela Cappelli Background Vocals
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Performing Ensemble, Soloist
Richie Gajate Garcia Latin Percussion
Crystal Garner Viola, Performing Ensemble
Gordon Gottlieb Percussion, Performing Ensemble
Nikki Gregoroff Background Vocals
Hae Young Ham Performing Ensemble, Concert Master
Warren Ham Harmonica
Joyce Hammann Violin, Performing Ensemble
Kenneth Hitchcock Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Jean Ingraham Violin, Performing Ensemble
Ronald Janelli Flute, Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Performing Ensemble, Soloist
Karen Karlsrud Violin, Performing Ensemble
Mark Kibble Background Vocals
Jeanne LeBlanc Performing Ensemble, Celli
Ann Leathers Performing Ensemble, Concert Master
Will Lee Bass
Richard Locker Performing Ensemble, Celli
Lois Martin Viola, Performing Ensemble
Nancy McAlhany Violin, Performing Ensemble
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Daniel Miller Performing Ensemble, Celli
Jeff Mironov Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Eugene J. Moye Performing Ensemble, Celli
Jan Mullen Violin, Performing Ensemble
Kevin Osborne Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton Drums
Tim Ries Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Roger Rosenberg Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Gino Speight Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar (Nylon String)
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
Ellen Westerman Performing Ensemble, Celli
Cenovia Cummins Violin, Performing Ensemble
Avril Brown Violin, Performing Ensemble
Diane Lesser Oboe, Performing Ensemble
Chris Komer French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Maxine Roach Viola, Performing Ensemble
Sarah Adams Viola, Performing Ensemble
Gary Janney Background Vocals
Yuri Vodovoz Violin, Performing Ensemble
Jeff Kievit Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin, Performing Ensemble
Charles Pillow Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Performing Ensemble
Daniel Culpepper French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Peter Winograd Violin, Performing Ensemble
J. Robert Spencer Background Vocals
Adrian Benjamin Viola, Performing Ensemble
Alfie Durio Background Vocals
Christian Hoff Background Vocals
George Flynn Bass Trombone, Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Dinklage Violin, Performing Ensemble
Alexandre Sipiaquine Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Kimberly Mont Background Vocals
Jason Paige Background Vocals
Desiree Elsevier Viola, Performing Ensemble
Daniel Reichard Background Vocals
John Lloyd Young Background Vocals
Jersey Boys Guest Appearance
Debra Black Clements Background Vocals
Dave Spiers Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Stacey Shames Harp, Performing Ensemble
Robby "Mann" Robinson fender rhodes
Bob Carlisle French Horn, Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Artie Schroeck Arranger, Concept
Phil Spector Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Eddie Brigati Composer
Charles Calello Arranger, Concept
Felix Cavaliere Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Hal David Composer
Bob Gaudio Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Concept
Tony Hatch Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Manny Kurtz Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Paul Riser Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Bob Thiele Composer
William Weatherspoon Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Ronald White Composer
Pete Karam Engineer
Pierre Leroyer Composer
Christopher Kornmann Graphic Design
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Lacking

    I was disappointed with this CD. After seeing Frankie Valli in person I was excited for some new music. I didn't care for his style on these oldies. I much prefer his Four Seasons music. I didn't notice his vocal loss as much at the concert as I did on this CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    He's still got it!

    We saw Frankie perform this album live at a concert and the CD is a great recording of it. The man can still sing, has great enjoyment that comes out in the recordings. The selections are all songs that he did NOT sing in the 60's, but he could have. It is very enjoyable and nostalgic,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Real Jersey Boy

    I went into the store to buy the new Bruce Springsteen album and came away with Frankie Valli and I am glad I did. His voice is still as great as ever and the choice of songs helps make this a very enjoyable listening experience. I am hoping that this album reminds listeners just how good Frankie Valli is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still listening

    I love this whole CD. Its so nice to have music thats new with Frankies unique voice. I play it over and over in my car and my kids love it too.( They are 7 and 4). You cant' go wrong with this one!!!

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