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Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jersey Boys, the successful Broadway musical that chronicled the story of the Four Seasons, the vocal group that gave the world classic pop hits like "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Dawn," "Silence Is Golden," "Sherry," and so many others, has become its own sort of cottage industry, spawning several stage runs internationally and a national touring group, and now, a holiday album featuring various cast members from around the world singing Christmas songs and carols in the Four Seasons vocal style. Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas was produced by Bob Gaudio, a founding member of the original Four Seasons and the group's main songwriter ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Jersey Boys, the successful Broadway musical that chronicled the story of the Four Seasons, the vocal group that gave the world classic pop hits like "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Dawn," "Silence Is Golden," "Sherry," and so many others, has become its own sort of cottage industry, spawning several stage runs internationally and a national touring group, and now, a holiday album featuring various cast members from around the world singing Christmas songs and carols in the Four Seasons vocal style. Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas was produced by Bob Gaudio, a founding member of the original Four Seasons and the group's main songwriter and arranger, so naturally he knows exactly how to get that vocal style, although he has one huge problem. There's only one Frankie Valli, the group's iconic lead singer whose high, soaring vocals defined everything, and Valli isn't involved in this project. That doesn't mean A Jersey Boys Christmas fails as a recording. It's actually quite interesting, full of joyous energy and delightfully quirky arrangements, some of which intertwine bits of Four Seasons hits into the mix, and it drives along on big drums and bold rhythmic signatures. The various vocalists who take turns at being Valli do a pretty good job of approximating his signature vocal style, but it's never more than a close facsimile, so it's probably wrong to approach this album from a Four Seasons perspective. It really sounds as much like the kind of album Brian Wilson and what's left of the Beach Boys would make if they were to reconvene in a studio these days, which means, well, less than it could. That said, this set makes for a pretty darn good Christmas album, once one stops wondering what it might have sounded like if Valli had been out front. Highlights include a Drifters-influenced doo wop version of "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland" (with traces of "Bye Bye Baby" embedded in the arrangement), and a gorgeous "Carol of the Bells/Angels We Have Heard on High" medley, among others. The whole album is of a piece, and it rocks with joy and drive, and if it isn't exactly the Four Seasons, it comes close enough to bring a whole lot of good cheer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227975999
  • Catalog Number: 528475
  • Sales rank: 1,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joy to the World/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Ryan Molloy (2:44)
  2. 2 Winter Wonderland - Rick Faugno (2:23)
  3. 3 Little Drummer Boy - Joseph Leo Bwarie (3:22)
  4. 4 Santa Medley: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/Here Comes Santa Claus/I Sa - John Lloyd Young (3:43)
  5. 5 O Holy Night/Rise up Shepherd - Michael Ingersoll (5:15)
  6. 6 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - Bobby Fox (2:34)
  7. 7 Jingle Bell Rock - Joseph Leo Bwarie (1:56)
  8. 8 A King Is Born - Jarrod Spector (2:53)
  9. 9 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - John Lloyd Young (4:23)
  10. 10 White Christmas - Ryan Molloy (2:49)
  11. 11 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Jarrod Spector (2:45)
  12. 12 Angels from the Realms of Glory - Bobby Fox (1:56)
  13. 13 Silver Bells/Silent Night - Travis Cloer (4:52)
  14. 14 Do You Hear What I Hear? - Rick Faugno (2:58)
  15. 15 Breath of Heaven/We Three Kings - Travis Cloer (4:57)
  16. 16 Carol of the Bells/Angels We Have Heard On High - Erik Bates (2:00)
  17. 17 Auld Lang Syne - Erik Bates (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jersey Boys Primary Artist
Mark Ivey Background Vocals, Soloist
Larry Saltzman Guitar
Ron Melrose Keyboards
Tituss Burgess Soloist
Kevin Dow Drums
Michael Ingersoll Background Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Soloist
Erik Bates Background Vocals
Dylan Lalehzar Background Vocals
Cyrus Lalehzar Background Vocals
Lola Gaudio Background Vocals
Kristofer McNeeley Background Vocals
Zoe Gaudio Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Amy Grant Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Chris Eaton Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Joseph Beal Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
James Boothe Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Bob Gaudio Producer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Sy Gorieb Composer
Tim Hosman Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Chris Callis Cover Photo
Ralph Blane Composer
David Molina Cover Art Direction
Pete Karam Engineer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Noel Regney Composer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Composer
Ron Melrose Arranger, Musical Director
Colin Heldt Engineer
Rick Elice Liner Notes
Graham Archer Engineer
Marshall Brickman Liner Notes
Richard B. Smith Composer
Katherine K. Davis Composer
Gloria Shayne Baker Composer
Tommie Connor Composer
Ant Smith Engineer
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