With the much-anticpated Jersey Boys film version of the Tony-winning musical set to open June 20, Rhino Records is readying for July 1 release three new comprehensive Four Seasons-related compilations, including a massive 18-CD set of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons albums and two smaller anthologies focusing on the solo careers of the group’s founders Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio.
Additionally, Rhino will issue a Jersey Boys soundtrack on June 24.
The big box is entitled Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons--The Classic Albums Box. Priced at $99.98, it includes most of the group’s albums recorded between 1962 and 1992, all in mini-jackets replicating their original artwork. Besides featuring the No. 1 hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Rag Doll” and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night),” it includes such landmark albums like The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette (1969), Who Loves You (1975) and the group’s final album Hope + Glory (1992).
Frankie Valli--Selected Solo Works is an eight-disc set comprising many of Valli’s solo albums recorded between 1967 and 1980, also in mini-jackets with original artwork and priced at $49.98. It includes his 1967 solo album debut The 4 Seasons Present Frankie Valli Solo and his 1975 album Crossing, which contains his chart-topper “My Eyes Adored You.”
Gaudio is represented by Audio With A G: Sounds Of A Jersey Boy, The Music Of Bob Gaudio. It’s a $19.98 two-disc collection of songs written by Gaudio and performed by The Four Seasons and other artists including the Royal Teens--of which he was also a member. The group hit big in 1958 with Gaudio's composition "Short Shorts," which he wrote when he was 15.
Also included in the Gaudio set are The Tremeloes gorgeous hit version of his “Silence is Golden,” The Walker Brothers classic “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” and Valli’s monster hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
The Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical soundtrack, meanwhile, will include 25 tracks chosen by producer Gaudio, who juxtaposed Four Seasons recordings with those by cast members from both the film and Broadway musical.
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