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Half & Half
Four Seasons, Frankie Valli
Half & Half
Genre: Pop
 
Reissue of 1970 album featuring five tracks each by the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli, plus six non-album tracks previously available only on 45s (of which there are three by each as well). Bonus tracks: FRANKIE 'The Morn...  more »

      
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All Artists: Four Seasons, Frankie Valli
Title: Half & Half
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ace
Release Date: 6/21/1996
Album Type: Import
Genre: Pop
Style: Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 029667163521

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Album Description
Reissue of 1970 album featuring five tracks each by the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli, plus six non-album tracks previously available only on 45s (of which there are three by each as well). Bonus tracks: FRANKIE 'The Morning After Loving You', 'A Dream Of Kings' & 'You've Got Your Troubles' and THE FOUR SEASONS 'Medley: Any Day Now/ Oh Hap-py Day', 'Lay Me Down (Wake Me Up)' & 'Where Are My Dreams'.Other 10 trx: FRANKIE 'Emily', 'Circles In The Sand', 'The Girl I'll Never Know', 'A Face Without A Name' & 'To Make MyFather Proud' and 4 SEASONS
 

CD Reviews

A Patchy Effort
Katie Bennett | 11/23/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The first three cuts are very nice, although "Emily", having been written by Laura Nyro, sounds absolutely nothing like a Frankie Valli/4 Seasons song. "And That Reminds Me" is a nice re-make of an old tune. It has a very propulsive arrangement of instruments and complex backing vocals. It is the last of the 4 Seasons singles to have Frankie Valli doing a spectacular falsetto wail at the end. However, such a sentimental song had little chance of succeeding in 1969, the year of Woodstock. "Singles Game" was the B-side of the preceding song, and is an understated gem with very nice backing vocals, which become more pleasingly urgent as the song goes along. The centerpiece of the album, though, is "Patch of Blue", a real powerhouse of a single from 1970, which was unbelievably ignored by radio, showing how far the group had fallen out of fashion by then. "Patch of Blue" has a melody similiar to "Spanish Harlem", but with propulsive bass, kick-out-the-jams drumming and surreal backing vocals on the chorus. "Where Are My Dreams" is also a nice cut. However, the rest of the album is very tuneless, weak and uninspired. The group had no direction and was caught between doing old-timey, contemporary MOR, and experimental "Imitation Gazette" type of material. The result is a chaotic mess, and so Phillips would release the group from their contract after this album. This is also the last 4 Seasons album that Tom DeVito and Joe Long participated in, and was the last of the albums by the traditional group line-up before all the 1970's switches in personnel and musical style."
Four Seasons second best album
B.A.S. | watford, herts United Kingdom | 06/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Aside from Genuine Imitation Life ...this is the Four Seasons most creative and varied effort. The Easy Listening of The Singles Game sits comfortably alongside the soulful Where are my Dreams and the astonishing Psychadelia influenced Lay me Down. If the Four Seasons were perceived as even a slightly cool band in the late sixties, tracks like these would be seen as classics today. But no other band could have sung them as well as Frankie."