Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A new direction for the New Jersey Four
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the opening bars of "C'mon Marianne" to the neo-gothic like "Goodbye Girl", the Seasons were given radical directions under the evergrowing sophistication of pianist/keyboardist/composer Bob Gaudio. Gaudio and Bob Crewe had written most of the Seasons' hits from the early sixties--this collection here shows that the Seasons were willing to take a few musical chances within the "boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-society-beggin'-won'cha-give-me-a-chance-puleeeze-say-you-can-girl" formula. Gaudio's and ex-Royal Teen cohort Peggy Farina's composition "Beggin'", with its edgy electric guitar tremeloes and bass-line inspired by, say, a Wagner piece (the basswork through-out the album is well executed by the likes of Seasoners Joe Long and Charlie Callello) is the centerpiece of the collection--it paved the way for more experimental pieces like "Watch the Flowers Grow", "Saturday's Father", "Electric Stories" and the concept album "The Genuine Imitation Gazette", and Ol' Blue Eyes' pop music masterpiece "Watertown". Unlike the vinyl version of the album, this Curb Collection has replaced the cuts "I'm Gonna Change" (a Motown influenced piece of bubble gum pop) and "The Lomesome Road" (the final Wonder Who? recording) with a Wagnerian-like rendering of Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"--talk about post-modernism, will ya?--and the Wonder Who? classic "Don't Think Twice" by Dylan. I know most of the readers are saying--"Whaaaaaat is he tawkin' about!???" This CD is fabulous, the Valli falsetto is as awesome as it always has been, and the orchestrations are of a calibre that you'd be hard pressed to find on any 90's collection. Get it and be thoroughly entertained!"