The Jersey Beat: Music Of Franki Valli (w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2007)

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Label Rhino Records
SKU 204523461
UPC 081227485221
UPC 14 00081227485221
Format CD
Release Date 6/5/2007
Links
Author Frankie & Fou Valli
Compilation Appearance Vol. 3-Pure Disco
Compilation Appearance Rock 'n' Roll at 50: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade Box Set
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem Presents: americas Top Ten
Compilation Appearance Rock & Roll: first 50 Years: early 60s
Compilation Appearance 60'S Music Revolution
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:pt3 Sept-dec
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt3 Sep
Compilation Appearance America's Greatest Hits:1962
Technical Info
Producer Sandy Linzer; Hank Medress; Barry Gibb; Bob Crewe; Albhy Galuten; Karl Richardson; Dave Appell; Bob Gaudio; Bill Inglot (Compilation)
CatalogID 74852
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 06/05/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 238m : 47s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227485221
Album Notes and Credits
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. ~ Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1 Sherry,Working My Way Back To You,And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me)
2 Big Girls Don't Cry,Can't Get Enough Of You Baby,Girl I'll Never Know, The (Angels Never Fly This Low)
3 Walk Like A Man,Everybody Knows My Name,She Gives Me Light
4 Ain't That A Shame,Comin' Up In The World,Patch Of Blue
5 Candy Girl,Beggars Parade,Heartaches And Raindrops
6 Marlena,Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'Bout Me),Lay Me Down (Wake Me Up)
7 Peanuts,I've Got You Under My Skin,Where Are My Dreams
8 Alone (Why Must I Be Alone),Proud One, The,Sleeping Man
9 Stay,Tell It The Rain,Night, The
10 Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes),Beggin',My Eyes Adored You
11 Dawn (Go Away),Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,Swearin' to God
12 Big Man's World,C'mon Marianne,Who Loves You
13 Marcie,Lonesome Road,Our Day Will Come
14 Silence Is Golden,Around And Around (Andaroundandaround),December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
15 Huggin' My Pillow,I Make a Fool of Myself,Silver Star
16 Ronnie,Watch The Flowers Grow,Fallen Angel
17 Rag Doll,Raven,Rhapsody
18 Save It For Me,To Give (The Reason I Live),Grease
19 Big Man In Town,Will You Love Me Tomorrow,East Meets West
20 Bye, Bye, Bye Baby (Baby, Goodnight),Good-Bye Girl,Streetfighter
21 Betrayed,Saturday's Father,Hope And Glory
22 Toy Soldier,Electric Stories
23 Girl Come Running,Something's On Her Mind
24 Let's Hang On!,Idaho
25 Don't Think Twice (It's All Right),Genuine Imitaion Life
26 Sun Ain't Gonna Shine, The (Anymore)
27 (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself
28 Pity
29 You're Ready Now
30 Cousin Brucie Go Go
Disc 2
1 Sherry,Working My Way Back To You,And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me)
2 Big Girls Don't Cry,Can't Get Enough Of You Baby,Girl I'll Never Know, The (Angels Never Fly This Low)
3 Walk Like A Man,Everybody Knows My Name,She Gives Me Light
4 Ain't That A Shame,Comin' Up In The World,Patch Of Blue
5 Candy Girl,Beggars Parade,Heartaches And Raindrops
6 Marlena,Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'Bout Me),Lay Me Down (Wake Me Up)
7 Peanuts,I've Got You Under My Skin,Where Are My Dreams
8 Alone (Why Must I Be Alone),Proud One, The,Sleeping Man
9 Stay,Tell It The Rain,Night, The
10 Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes),Beggin',My Eyes Adored You
11 Dawn (Go Away),Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,Swearin' to God
12 Big Man's World,C'mon Marianne,Who Loves You
13 Marcie,Lonesome Road,Our Day Will Come
14 Silence Is Golden,Around And Around (Andaroundandaround),December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
15 Huggin' My Pillow,I Make a Fool of Myself,Silver Star
16 Ronnie,Watch The Flowers Grow,Fallen Angel
17 Rag Doll,Raven,Rhapsody
18 Save It For Me,To Give (The Reason I Live),Grease
19 Big Man In Town,Will You Love Me Tomorrow,East Meets West
20 Bye, Bye, Bye Baby (Baby, Goodnight),Good-Bye Girl,Streetfighter
21 Betrayed,Saturday's Father,Hope And Glory
22 Toy Soldier,Electric Stories
23 Girl Come Running,Something's On Her Mind
24 Let's Hang On!,Idaho
25 Don't Think Twice (It's All Right),Genuine Imitaion Life
26 Sun Ain't Gonna Shine, The (Anymore)
27 (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself
28 Pity
29 You're Ready Now
30 Cousin Brucie Go Go
Disc 3
1 Sherry,Working My Way Back To You,And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me)
2 Big Girls Don't Cry,Can't Get Enough Of You Baby,Girl I'll Never Know, The (Angels Never Fly This Low)
3 Walk Like A Man,Everybody Knows My Name,She Gives Me Light
4 Ain't That A Shame,Comin' Up In The World,Patch Of Blue
5 Candy Girl,Beggars Parade,Heartaches And Raindrops
6 Marlena,Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'Bout Me),Lay Me Down (Wake Me Up)
7 Peanuts,I've Got You Under My Skin,Where Are My Dreams
8 Alone (Why Must I Be Alone),Proud One, The,Sleeping Man
9 Stay,Tell It The Rain,Night, The
10 Little Boy (In Grown Up Clothes),Beggin',My Eyes Adored You
11 Dawn (Go Away),Can't Take My Eyes Off of You,Swearin' to God
12 Big Man's World,C'mon Marianne,Who Loves You
13 Marcie,Lonesome Road,Our Day Will Come
14 Silence Is Golden,Around And Around (Andaroundandaround),December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
15 Huggin' My Pillow,I Make a Fool of Myself,Silver Star
16 Ronnie,Watch The Flowers Grow,Fallen Angel
17 Rag Doll,Raven,Rhapsody
18 Save It For Me,To Give (The Reason I Live),Grease
19 Big Man In Town,Will You Love Me Tomorrow,East Meets West
20 Bye, Bye, Bye Baby (Baby, Goodnight),Good-Bye Girl,Streetfighter
21 Betrayed,Saturday's Father,Hope And Glory
22 Toy Soldier,Electric Stories
23 Girl Come Running,Something's On Her Mind
24 Let's Hang On!,Idaho
25 Don't Think Twice (It's All Right),Genuine Imitaion Life
26 Sun Ain't Gonna Shine, The (Anymore)
27 (You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself
28 Pity
29 You're Ready Now
30 Cousin Brucie Go Go
Product Attributes
Artist Valli,Frankie & Fou
Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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