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The Very Best of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons [Rhino 2002]

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The Four Seasons are often overlooked when lists of important bands of the 1960s are made. That really shouldn't be the case. With Frankie Valli's amazing bray of a voice backed by the solid harmonies of the other Three Seasons singing simple, powerful songs with great hooks and lots of musical surprises, they were really quite special. And Bob Crewe knew how to produce records that sounded great on car radios: the drums snap, the guitars crunch, and the voices jump out of the mix. The Four Seasons had a lot of really big hit songs: "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Dawn (Go Away)," and "Working My Way Back to You." This compilation rounds up all their chart smashes from their original incarnation in the 1960s plus two tracks ("Who Loves You" and the disco-fied "December, 1963 [Oh, What a Night]") from the mid-'70s. One could question the inclusion of solo tracks by Frankie Valli on a Four Seasons compilation. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "My Eyes Adored You," "Swearin' to God," and "Grease" are all fine songs and hits as well, but sound out of place, as his solo style is nothing like the classic Four Seasons sound. It seems like a disservice to the group. Surely Rhino could have found a few more Four Seasons tunes to round out the disc -- maybe a song from their weird concept album, The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette, or the should-have-been-a-smash "Silence Is Golden." Ignoring all that, this is still the best single-disc Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons compilation on the market (since Rhino has deleted their superior Anthology, which had more tracks and only one Frankie Valli solo number) and could easily be recommended to the casual fan. ~ Tim Sendra
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sherry The Four Seasons 2:30
  3. 2 Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons 2:23
  4. 3 Walk Like a Man The Four Seasons 2:14
  5. 4 Candy Girl The Four Seasons 2:35
  6. 5 Dawn (Go Away) The Four Seasons 2:43
  7. 6 Ronnie The Four Seasons 2:55
  8. 7 Rag Doll The Four Seasons 2:57
  9. 8 Save It for Me The Four Seasons 2:33
  10. 9 Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye) The Four Seasons 2:29
  11. 10 Let's Hang On (To What We've Got) The Four Seasons 3:15
  12. 11 Working My Way Back to You The Four Seasons 3:2
  13. 12 Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) The Four Seasons 2:31
  14. 13 I've Got You Under My Skin The Four Seasons 3:37
  15. 14 C'mon Marianne Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons 2:31
  16. 15 Can't Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli 3:20
  17. 16 My Eyes Adored You Frankie Valli 3:27
  18. 17 Swearin' to God [Single Version] Frankie Valli 4:2
  19. 18 Who Loves You The Four Seasons 4:8
  20. 19 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) The Four Seasons 3:18
  21. 20 Grease Frankie Valli 3:18

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