The Very Best of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
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No one could electrify the radio airwaves with a wail of pure desire like Frankie Valli in his prime. In heartfelt harmony with his fellow Four Seasons or on his own, he kept the vibrant spirit of ‘50s doo-wop alive well into the disco era. This no-filler collection gives a sense of how Valli and the group adapted to musical trends while staying faithful to their street-corner R&B roots. The quartet’s mid-‘60s singles stand as true works of art as well as popular favorites — hits like “Sherry,” “Let’s Hang On,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” match the Four Seasons’ glorious vocalizing with unstoppable drum-driven rhythm tracks. Valli dives into the material with real sensitivity, connecting with the romantic pathos of “Dawn (Go Away),” “Rag Doll,” and similar tunes, animating each lyric with his airborne falsetto. He’s just as good on more adult-oriented, glossed-up numbers like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Among his 1970s output, the nostalgic “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” and the zesty “Who Loves You” update his sound in fine style. No matter what sonic context he found himself in, Valli never lost his poise or his passion.
So many great songs
I have never been a huge fan of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons before (due to lack of exposure I guess), but I am now. I went to the Music Store to get "Sherry" because my wife and I started singing it to our 7-year old. When I saw the album song list, I thought I would buy several songs, then I said, "what the heck, I'll just get the album". Out of the 20 songs, I would rate 12 of them 3 stars or higher (several 4s and 5s). Some of the tunes (like "Who Loves You") I didn't realize were even done by Frankie and the 4. There are tons of songs you will recognize if you are 30+. While some of the tunes are simple, old-fashioned fun, many of them are incredibly intricate arrangements (e.g. the horn parts in "Can't Take My Eyes off of You"). The singers and the backing band members are excellent musicians who give excellent performances on these tunes. I found the sound/recording quality to be excellent as well. I highly recommend this album.
Can't get those "Jersey Boys" out of my head
I vaguely recalled a couple of T4S tunes from my youth, but it was seeing the fabulous new Broadway show "Jersey Boys" that sent me to the originals (though I look forward to the release of the cast album). The one song that isn't in the show is "Ronnie" which, for some reason, is the song I most remember. Anyway, this is great anthology.
Where did the years go? I graduated from military school in 1963 and these songs make me feel young again. You'll never get more for your money. Just hit, after hit, after hit.