I said in my last article we as followers and collectors of the brand known as 'The Four Seasons' are moving into the 'Post Jersey Boys' era claiming the group's history back as our collective ownership and identity. We are gathering in 'groups' of like minded people to 'curate' the history, memoribilia and music of our heroes and claim it for our own. We've been doing it for over 40 years.
So with that in mind let's identify what content is needed by fans and how it should be presented. We've more or less done this with the Motown vaults material paper records (subject to what UMe still have and with the hope of eventual release of this material) and we'll continue to 'curate' the history of Valli and co's unreleased efforts onto You Tube over the next several months.
A few years ago I reviewed the Four Seasons sound at the time Nick Massi left the group and Charlie Calello joined for a few months before Joe Long took over. This was a time of great change. 1965 saw pop music burst into new sounds led by the Beatles, The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan et al. So it had to be all change for The Four Seasons as Frankie Valli launched his solo career.
That review culminated in a curators compilation. 'I'm Gonna Change' – The End Of The Philips Era as I tracked the evolving sound of the groups productions from 1966 to 1970. I've re-visiting those tracks culled from vinyl and the ACE CD compilations of the 1990s and am re-mastering these using 2016 software to re-connect with the analogue sound from the 1960s using the Rescue sound processing plug-in in Wavelab Elements 9.
Some I'll get uploaded to You Tube to capture the 'feel' and others are already there.
I'll disclose and discuss these tracks on our Facebook group, 'The Four Seasons Motown Unreleased Campaign' as we seek to extend the story of the changing sound of the groups efforts from 1971 to 1975. Join us there as we revisit the days of the 45.