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Working My Way Back to You / Genuine Imitation
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
This terrific twofer pairs one of the 4 Seasons' best albums with the album that was definitely their most ambitious! The 1966 Philips release Working My Way Back to You takes its title from the monster hit that leads the ... more »
This terrific twofer pairs one of the 4 Seasons' best albums with the album that was definitely their most ambitious! The 1966 Philips release Working My Way Back to You takes its title from the monster hit that leads the album off, and hit #50 on the charts, while 1969's Genuine Imitation Life Gazette was the group's psychedelic answer to Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds, with a big contribution from NYC singer-songwriter Jake Holmes, most famous for penning the Led Zep anthem "Dazed and Confused".
Two Respectable Albums on One CD
Robert Miller | Eastern USA | 04/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this because I was aware of the The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette for years. It flopped. It was their ambitious attempt at psychedelia. This is what Lillian Roxon said about it in her Rock Encyclopedia..."They have recently released a "modern album" complete with protest, symbolic lyricism, and complex arrangement and orchestration. It was not well received." Does that make it a bad album? No, it's excellent. Yes, they were channelling the Beach Boys on much of the album and Mrs. Stately's Garden is not my favorite track. However, it is still excellent. Mostly, the album is about a marriage that falls apart, child visitation etc., probably things Frankie Valli was going through. It is a great mix. If you can find this CD with the bonus tracks (like the heavily psychedelic Electric Stories) buy that one instead. It was only out on CD briefly. Also, the liner notes are excellent, and John Lennon told Bob Gaudio that he loved The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette. IMHO that's a good recommendation. The other CD in this two-fer is Working My Way Back to you. It's very good. These are two cd's that you need to learn, you can't just listen to it once and love it - they have to be listened to repeatedly, but your effort will be rewarded. I am glad I bought this CD."
Great package but a bit over produced
F. Nava | Texas USA | 05/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Four Seasons fan for YEARS, but have never had the opportunity to hear the complete Genuine Imitation Life Gazette. It was hyped up to be the Seasons version of Pet Sounds (Beach Boys) and Sgt. Pepper (Beatles). I think it was this hype that heightened my expectations, and even though some songs are good, it doesn't quite live up to those expectations. Don't get me wrong; the album is filled with lavish productions and melodies, but it seems to be all over the place. Kind of like an over-production.
That is basically my only critisism of this item. Being the Four Seasons, and being the re-release of one of their greatest hyped-album (along with the fantastic Working My Way Back To You), this is an easily earned 4-star package."
Happy this is in print
James Ellis | 01/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Working my way back to you is worth every penny you pay for this package. The "gazette" was not one one for me, despite owning the LP. I'm a big fan of the 4 seasons. Have close to 20 of their LP's. Saw them in concert.
I'm glad working my way back to you became available."