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Anthology
Four Seasons
Anthology
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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Big girls don't cry and big boys don't sing like that ... except in the romantic musical world of doo-wop. And the Four Seasons were the grandest culmination of that genre, producing hit singles that were often epic teen m...  more »

      
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All Artists: Four Seasons
Title: Anthology
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 9/28/1988
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Oldies, Teen Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227149024, 081227149017, 081227687465

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Big girls don't cry and big boys don't sing like that ... except in the romantic musical world of doo-wop. And the Four Seasons were the grandest culmination of that genre, producing hit singles that were often epic teen mini-operas. Producer Bob Crewe borrowed liberally from Phil Spector (definitive proof: the drum intro to "Rag Doll" is damn near sampled from "Be My Baby"), and even Brian Wilson has called them "the East Coast Beach Boys." A condensation of Rhino's three-disc 25th-anniversary collection, Anthology neglects "The Proud One," probably their final classic moment--but 24 of the 26 tracks here cover the group's '62-'68 golden era, pausing only momentarily for the misguided late-'70s "disco" comeback. Truly great stuff. --Bill Holdship

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The Most Recognizable Falsetto in Pop History
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 10/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From 1962 to 1967 the Four Seasons had eighteen Top Twenty hits (including their cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" recorded as The Wonder Who). And they're all here along with their two mid-Seventies smashes "Who Loves You" and the million-selling "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." Nearly every hit was written or co-written by group member Bob Gaudio, and all featured the most recognizable falsetto voice in pop music belonging to Franki Valli.What makes their string of hits all the more amazing is that more than half of them came in the wake of the British Invasion. In fact, "Rag Doll"--only one of two million-sellers in their career--was the only chart-topper by a male vocal group in 1964. [According to the liner notes, the song was inspired by a girl who cleaned the windows of Gaudio's car as he was stopped at a light.] And to illustrate the Four Seasons' influence on the music scene, it was that single's B-side ("Silence Is Golden") that was covered note-for-note by the Tremeloes that gave that British band the biggest hit of their career.With Bob Crewe's Phil Spector-inspired production and Charles Callelo's arrangements, the Four Seasons hits included "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll"--all No. 1's.If you have the disposable income, you might want to spring for the 3-CD 25th Anniversary Collection, which features their lesser hits and most of Valli's solo singles. However, this single-disc collection has all the essentials and is the one release that all except the die-hard fans will really need. ESSENTIAL"
Four Seasons Best Effort
Roger Lusk | Apo, AE United States | 06/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd replaces my old record collection of 4 of the Four Seasons albums. It has all the hits including the "Wonder Who" cut, without all the cuts that were used as fillers for the records, which I purchased in the mid 60's. A must for individuals that want The Four Seasons best."
If you loved the Four Seasons, you're gonna love this album
Roger Lusk | 08/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All the great original hits are right here in the order Frankie Valli and the gang rolled their top ten hits off the assembly line. You can almost follow the singing and the music gaining dimension as you move through those glorious, ringing harmonies. I remember the anticipation I had awaiting each new release, wondering if they could possibly beat their last great song. This album chronicles that obvious answer. Yes, the British invasion led by the Beatles and Rolling Stones would soon dethrone our local heroes and change the face of rock and roll. But I challenge you today to sit quietly and not sing when you're rolling down the highway with Sherry, Dawn, C'Mon Marianne and Bye Bye Baby reverberating on your radio or this CD."