The band continued working with producer Bob Crewe as background vocalists and sometimes leads under Lonesome Road - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons* - The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fab names, for productions on Crewe's own Topix label. As a follow-up, Bob Gaudio wrote a song that, after some discussion between Crewe and Gaudio, was titled "Sherry".
After the song was recorded, Crewe and the members of the band solicited record labels to release it. They were the first white artists to sign with Vee-Jay.
Inthe band released their first album, featuring the single " Sherry ", which was not only their first charted hit but also their first number-one song. From to early Roma - Paolo Fresu, Francesco Tattara, Furio Di Castri - Opale, the Beach Boys were the only band to match the Four Seasons in record sales in the United States, and their first three Vee-Jay non-holiday single releases i.
Despite the band's Lonesome Road - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons* - The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fab, Vee-Jay Records was in financial distress.
The label had released several early Beatles singles in America. When the Beatles became wildly popular, Vee-Jay was swamped with orders, and they shipped more than two million Beatles records in a single month. The demands of mass production, the cash-flow problems involved, and the loss of the Beatles when Trans-Global a firm licensed by EMI to distribute its products canceled Vee-Jay's contract on August 3,due to non-payment of royalties, found Vee-Jay hard-pressed to stay afloat.
Vee-Jay continued to produce one Beatles album in various forms in defiance of the cancellation. After over a year of legal negotiations, Capitol Records was finally able to stop Vee-Jay, effective October 15, While the label went through internal turmoil with the Beatles and Capitol Records, a separate royalty dispute between Vee-Jay and the Four Lonesome Road - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons* - The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fab headed to court.
Vee-Jay exercised those rights liberally over the following year. The group was obligated to deliver one final album to Vee-Jay, which they did in the form of a "faux" live LP. When Vee-Jay was finally declared bankrupt inthe Lonesome Road - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons* - The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fab Seasons' Vee-Jay catalog reverted to the band to settle unpaid royalties, and the tracks were then reissued by Untitled - Zr3a - The Out Of Ganchu. The change of label did not diminish the popularity of the Four Roata Feciorilor - Dumitru Fărcaș - Un Virtuose Du Taragote Et De LHautbois / A Virtuoso Of The Tar innor did the onslaught of the British Invasion and Beatlemania.
However, " Dawn Go Away " recorded for Atlantic Recordsbut never released by themwas kept from the 1 Topsy - Count Basie - Golden Greats on the Hot by no fewer than three Beatles singles in the March 21,edition two weeks later, the top five slots were filled by Beatles singles.
The discs were reissues of the albums Introducing The Beatles and Golden Hits of the Four Seasonsfeaturing each original album's label, title, and catalog number. Today, this album package is a collector's item. Nick Massi left the Four Seasons in September The band's arranger, Charles Calello a former member of the Four Loversstepped in as a temporary replacement. A few months later, Joe Long was permanently hired and became a mainstay of the band on bass and backing vocals untilwith Calello returning to arranging.
In the meantime, the Four Seasons released recordings under a variety of names, including the Valli Boys, the Wonder Who? Every Valli "solo" recording from to " My Eyes Adored You " in was recorded by the Four Seasons at the same time and in the same sessions as other Four Seasons material. Valli's first post single without the Seasons was 's " Swearin' to God ". More Top 20 singles followed in, andincluding " Let's Hang On! Bythe band's popularity had declined, with public interest moving towards rock with Ill Never Let You Go (Little Darlin) - Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley harder edge and music with more socially conscious lyrics.
Aware of that, Bob Gaudio partnered with folk-rock songwriter Jake Holmes to write a concept album titled The Genuine Imitation Life Gazettewhich discussed contemporary issues from the band's standpoint, including divorce "Saturday's Father"and Kinks-style satirical looks at modern life e. The album cover was designed to resemble the front page of a newspaper, pre-dating Jethro Tull 's Thick as a Brick by several years.
The record was a commercial failure and led to the band's departure from Philips shortly after that, but it did catch the attention of Frank Sinatrawhose album, Watertowninvolved Gaudio, Holmes, and Calello. Reverting to the "Four Seasons" billing without Valli's name upfront, the group issued a single on Crewe's eponymous label, a rendition of " And That Reminds Me ", which peaked Αντώνης Καλογιάννης, Αργύρης Κουνάδης, Μάριος Ποντίκας, Μικρή Χορωδία Αθηνών - Made In Greece number 45 on the Billboard chart.
John Stefan, the band's lead trumpeter, arranged the horn parts. Following that single, the band signed to Motown. A song from Chameleon" The Night ", later became a Northern Soul hit and reached the top 10 of the UK Singles Chartbut was not commercially released in the United States as a single, although promotional copies were distributed inshowing the artist as Frankie Valli.
In late and earlythe Four Seasons recorded eight songs for a second Motown album, which the company refused to release, and later inthe label and the band parted ways. On behalf of the Four Seasons Partnership, Valli tried to purchase the entire collection of master recordings the group had made for Motown.
He took the tape to Larry Uttalthe owner and founder of Private Stock Recordswho wanted to release it as a Frankie Valli solo single. Although the band remained unsigned in the later part ofValli had a new label—and a new solo career.
While the hits for the Four Seasons had dried up in the first half of the s, the band never lost its popularity as a performing act. Longtime member Joe Long stayed in the group until The new lineup boasted two new lead singers in Don Ciccone formerly of the Critters and Gerry Polci, who eased the singing load on an ailing Frankie Valli who was gradually losing his hearing due to otosclerosisthough eventually, surgery restored most of it.
Records as the disco era dawned. At the same time, Uttal was persuaded to release The Four Seasons Storya two-record compilation of the band's biggest hit singles from to It quickly became a gold recordselling over one million copies before the RIAA started awarding platinum records for million-selling albums. Valli had his first truly solo hit in the summer of when the Bob Crewe-produced " Swearin' to God " followed "My Eyes Adored You" into the upper reaches of the Hotpeaking at the 6 position and capitalizing on the growing disco craze.
Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase. Wonderful album set. I owned it years ago, lent it to someone and never got it back. Wow, revisiting that exceptional music. Great seller: very honest about condition and sent it out immediately. Would highly recommend. One person found this helpful.
The music in this album is great and it was amazing that there were four separate records, however the quality of the box was lacking. Format: Vinyl. Leave it to a hard-sell T. I'm not sure if this set offers every single the Four Seasons released but I don't think it misses any major hit, at least through the band's career at that point, across its four long-playing albums. Despite that gaudy Lonesome Road - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons* - The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fab, the box set opens to Lonesome Road - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons* - The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fab four plain-sleeved discs.
No liner notes, no booklet, no musician information, not even songwriting credits. But what great songs, and how well they've held up as I write this inforty years later. Several years after obtaining this collection I made a cassette tape of what I considered its odd essential songs so I could listen in the car and on portable players.
Over the past couple of weeks, though, I finally listened to the entire vinyl collection again and realized how short my homemade tape sold this music. The only reason I don't award five stars is the bare-bones presentation. Note that the final selection of this four-L.
The movie version of the play was made by none other than Clint Eastwood. Back at Christmas timeI first got exposed to this lp when a family member got it for Christmas. This has to be the best compilation I ever heard of this group and was lucky about 14 years after the fact to find a copy for my own record collection. This set includes pretty much just about all of their hits and lot of the best lp tracks from their albums including Frankie Valli's solo lp that came out around If any fans of this group doesn't have this particuliar 4 record release fromwhat are you waiting for.
Definitely get it. A must for any oldies lp collection. Doubt this will ever get on CD. Btw, the recording of "Dawn" on this particuliar set isn't the single mix with the accapella opening, but a stereo mix that was maybe only on an lp. This was a fantastic collection!
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