- Audio CD (26 Aug. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set
- Label: Commercial Marketing
- ASIN: B001AIM12G
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Motown Years Box set
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The liner notes don't mention that the wonderful YOU'RE A SONG (THAT I CAN'T SING) was the first 45 release in the UK (or that it was somehow skipped over for the US) and I can honestly say that each and every album track could have made a great 45. What were they thinking of back in 1972 not to make ANY of them an A-side in the States?
The first CD of the set follows this genius album with another half a dozen tracks, including two non-Bob Crewe productions. Back in 1973, I really loved WALK ON, DON'T LOOK BACK and that faux-retro sound, with Frankie reprising his stunning falsetto. This mix of the song is the cleanest I've ever heard, with that attractive galloping percussive effect for the latter part of the song.Read more ›
When I knew this CD was out, I had to get a copy. I wanted to see why I had under-rated the output from this period and to revisit with an "older head" on. Anyone who says that Chameleon was ahead of its time is absolutely right. This is a fantastic CD set - I would recommend it wholeheartedly. And if its not what you expected on first hearing, please persevere - you will be well rewarded. On reflection, this was an ideal marry up - the Motown Sound (of the time) clearly comes through, and those close harmonies really work to perfection.
You just have to hear "A New Beginning" - fabulous track. And this is matched by so many others - "Life and Breath", "You're a Song", "When the Morning Comes", "Charisma" (how good is that?), "Sun Country" and my personal favourite "Love Isn't Here Like It Used To Be" (why was this one not a chart topper?). "You've Got Your Troubles" sound more like the White Plains version than the Fortunes, getting the slow ballad treatment - but nothing wrong with that. "Just Look What You've Done" doesn't stand up well to Brenda Holloway's version though.Read more ›
The bonus tracks however, are not necessary as some are repeated (albeit slightly different versions)on the second cd featuring Frankie Valli solo. Stand out tracks on the solo album include Hickory, Life & breath and just look what you've done. All in all a very worthwhile album.
I do not normally add product reviews but felt that this CD warranted another positive review to sway the balance in favour of buying otherwise you could be missing out on the perfection which we have grown to expect from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, Frankie Vali and the Four Seasons at their best once again. I've been a fan of this group since the 1960's and these songs are done in their impeccable style.Published 3 months ago by Julie, NW England
It took years of asking by The Four Seasons UK Appreciation Society before Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio allowed Harry Weinger to arrange this issue for the first time on official... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr. K. G. Charmer
I have been looking for s track for years & I have found it on this album. Perfect !Published 21 months ago by Ju Essex
Imissed most of the Mowest productions at the time apart from the odd single and this album brings it all together. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by Mr. A. Howden