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A fairly decent retrospective of the Jersey boys career
on 30 August 2017
Lovely 26 track compilation which highlights virtually all of The Four Seasons best material over 2 distinct periods. The early hits (1962-1967), which demonstrate Frankie Valli's gorgeous falsetto vocal abilities, including the likes of 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like A Man', 'Rag Doll' and 'Let's Hang On' are joined by some interesting curios such as 'Dawn (Go Away)' whilst the 1970s material is perhaps even better. Valli's 'My Eyes Adored You' is a timeless ballad, 'Grease' needs no introduction to fans of the musical of the same name, 'The Night' (originally recorded on the Motown label in 1972) finally gained well deserved chart recognition in 1975 whilst 'Who Loves You', 'December 1963 (Oh What A Night)' and the supremely crafted 'Silver Star' provide a very strong ending to this LP. My only note of criticism would be that some of the 1960s material feels a little weak and I would certainly have liked to have heard 1966's 'Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)' and 1977's 'Rhapsody' and 'Down The Hall' on this retrospective. Otherwise, this is a well-constructed album with some excellent liner notes about the band's history. Recommended.