The Motown Years

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Pop vocal combo Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons may be remembered for many things, but being Motown artists is probably not one of them. Yet, for a brief time in the early '70s, the New Jersey-based combo was active on the Mowest subsidiary, while Valli himself was a full-fledged member of the Motown family. The results were the band's Chameleon album released in 1972, Valli's solo Inside You from 1975, and a handful of leftovers that ended up on 45s and non-North American market pressings. The appropriately titled The Motown Years gathers all the associated material for the first time onto this two-disc compilation. The archivists at Hip-O Select have now made ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Pop vocal combo Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons may be remembered for many things, but being Motown artists is probably not one of them. Yet, for a brief time in the early '70s, the New Jersey-based combo was active on the Mowest subsidiary, while Valli himself was a full-fledged member of the Motown family. The results were the band's Chameleon album released in 1972, Valli's solo Inside You from 1975, and a handful of leftovers that ended up on 45s and non-North American market pressings. The appropriately titled The Motown Years gathers all the associated material for the first time onto this two-disc compilation. The archivists at Hip-O Select have now made past, present, and future generations of Valli and Four Seasons enthusiasts very happy, particularly as the contents were formerly nearly impossible to find. They additionally provide curious parties with a valuable missing link between Valli and the Four Seasons' late-'60s and mid-'70s hits. The original quartet had disbanded in the mid-'60s, and remaining from the founding lineup were Valli and Bob Gaudio keyboards/vocals. During the era roughly 1972 through 1975 covered here, Valli and Gaudio were working in the Four Seasons in a lineup alongside Al Ruzicka keyboards, Billy DeLoach guitar, Lee Shapiro guitar, Clay Gordon guitar, and Paul Wilson drums. Yet the primary influence, especially on the funky Chameleon sides "Sun Country" and "The Night," retains a distinct sonic link to the behind-the-scenes Motown collective known as "the Corporation." They are similarly credited with writing the song "Walk on, Don't Look Back," which ironically is the number that most effectively recalls Valli and company's '60s doo wop-influenced sound. Valli's Inside You sides were likewise occasionally augmented by top Motown producer Hal Davis, while Willie Hutch supplied the standout soul-rocker "Thank You." Reaching further back into the label's "classic" songbook is Valli's update of the Four Tops' venerable "Baby I Need Your Loving." Perhaps it was a lack of material that required a few tunes to appear on both projects, namely "The Night" which was a huge dance hit in the U.K., the midtempo ballad "Hickory," and the unimposing soulful rocker "Life and Breath," which was inked by one George Clinton. In a final bit of irony, as forgettable as Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' Motown experience may have seemed at the time, they were able to redefine their respective and collective careers with the songs "My Eyes Adored You" and "December 1963 Oh, What a Night" -- both of which were worked up during the Motown time frame and subsequently rocketed into the upper echelons of singles charts worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517619159
  • Catalog Number: 001077702
  • Sales rank: 174,077

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A New Beginning (Prelude) (1:20)
  2. 2 Sun Country (4:06)
  3. 3 You're a Song (That I Can't Sing) (3:12)
  4. 4 The Night (3:24)
  5. 5 A New Beginning (4:47)
  6. 6 When the Morning Comes (4:39)
  7. 7 Poor Fool - Frankie Valli (4:10)
  8. 8 Touch the Rainchild (4:22)
  9. 9 Love Isn't Here (Like It Used to Be) - Frankie Valli (3:44)
  10. 10 Walk on, Don't Look Back (2:57)
  11. 11 How Come? (3:45)
  12. 12 Life and Breath (3:08)
  13. 13 Hickory (2:51)
  14. 14 Charisma (4:28)
  15. 15 Charisma (3:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Just Look What You've Done - Frankie Valli (4:49)
  2. 2 Love Isn't Here (Like It Used to Be) - Frankie Valli (3:50)
  3. 3 Baby I Need Your Loving - Frankie Valli (3:05)
  4. 4 Inside You - Frankie Valli (4:04)
  5. 5 Thank You - Frankie Valli (3:33)
  6. 6 Hickory - Frankie Valli (3:01)
  7. 7 Life and Breath - Frankie Valli (2:58)
  8. 8 The Night (3:21)
  9. 9 With My Eyes Wide Open - Frankie Valli (4:30)
  10. 10 You've Got Your Troubles - Frankie Valli (4:05)
  11. 11 Listen to Yesterday - Frankie Valli (4:03)
  12. 12 The Scalawag Song (And I Will Love You) - Frankie Valli (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
R. Dean Taylor Composer
Bob Crewe Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kenny Nolan Composer
David Blumberg Arranger
Charles Calello Arranger
George S. Clinton Composer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Bob Gaudio Arranger, Composer, Producer
Roger Greenaway Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Willie Hutch Composer, Producer
Mel Larson Producer
Jerry Marcellino Producer
Larry Miles Engineer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Robert B. Sherman Composer
Art Stewart Engineer
Russ Terrana Mastering
Ellen Fitton Remastering
Brian Chin Liner Notes
Frank Wilson Composer
Frank Mulvey Art Direction
Joe Atkinson Engineer
Al Ruzicka Composer
Brit Gaudio Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Joe Scott Arranger
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
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