Top positive review
Fine collection of hits from a great group
Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2014
I always quietly liked hearing the Four Seasons on oldies radio because the tunes were catchy and nobody had a falsetto like Frankie Valli. After seeing "Jersey Boys" (the movie) I decided I was cutting my nose off to spite my face by not having some of the Four Seasons in my collection and quickly remedied that by ordering this Rhino collection. Rhino is probably the best label for releasing classic rock and roll, and always have informative packaging and good song selections. This album is no exception.
The west coast of the pre-Beatles hysteria was dominated by the Beach Boys, with their wonderful tunes of summer, girls, surfing and the like before turning more serious with "Pet Sounds" in response to the Beatles' "Revolver". The Four Seasons were the sound of the New Jersey/New York urban scene. While they were very melodic in their own right, there was a toughness from this bunch of former troublemakers that resonated with big city audiences and had more R & B elements in their tunes.
And what tunes! From their first #1 "Sherry" all the way to Frankie Valli's solo tune "Grease" we're reminded of just how many hits they had, and even the more obscure tunes on this collection have the same class. We often overlook most early to mid-60's bands besides the Beach Boys and Beatles, and it's easy to forget the Four Seasons were right up there with them. Even the Beach Boys acknowledged the competition in one song, naming the Four Seasons in a chorus on "Surfers Rule", although given the background the Seasons grew up in, I doubt surfing was very interesting to them.
Still, those who liked the movie or Broadway play "Jersey Boys" but aren't quite sure which collection is best, go with the Rhino set as it's cheaper and has as mentioned before. I like oldies and new stuff equally if it's good, and even this (usually) metal fan digs the Four Seasons.