As the 40th anniversary year of the Four Seasons rise to fame comes to an end we are happy that UK fans are still celebrating after their summer tour partying with the ‘band’. Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio may not have celebrated this ‘special’ year with any ‘mega’ releases for the fans but the UK fans have once again done their own thing. This week we received two celebratory DVD’s compiled by fans.
The first is ‘The Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons 50th Anniversary DVD Set’. It is a collection of 24 You Tube videos (which don't appear on commercial DVD) in an easy to play menu format that features four sets of tracks. The first set features 4 from the 60s, including Let’s Hang On……..A Medley of Hits….and 2 jingles. Then there is a set of the 7 Un-released tracks featured on You Tube including the Motown Unreleased and the ‘Watertown’ demo.
The third section covers the performances by the NEW Four Seasons of the mid 1970s with 10 live performances including the ‘Top Of The Pops’ appearances and ‘Down The Hall’…plus 2 of the Hit Men of 2012. The final section features the ‘Beggin’ re-mix and a 1990s live clip. These may not be in the greatest of video quality but they are generally not available (some now deleted from You Tube) so this is a real collectors set. It’s value as a reminder of what great performances we have had over the period but also what we haven’t heard commercially as unreleased tracks that languish in the vaults.
Every collector reading this would have invested in a collection of unreleased Four Seasons material but frankly there just aren’t enough of us around and commercial gain still rules the Partnership’s direction through their relationship with Rhino.
The latest rumour’s suggest Frankie is focusing on two CD projects at present…..The Hi-Los style Sinatra covers with the current Four Seasons…..and a new collection of ‘B sides’ (but as we pointed out some of these don’t appear to exist in their original form other than on vinyl - viz ‘I’ve Cried Before’). Whether these will surface in the presently declining CD market is debateable.?
The second DVD set is a celebration of Jersey Boys London’s Original Cast with a collection of interviews and live performances spanning their first 2 years of TV and promo appearances. Totally entertaining, it captures the excitement and dynamism of this line-up and comes with their single appearance as the 3 man ‘Franks’ group singing their great interpretation of ‘The Night’. No longer available on You Tube or I-Tunes it is worth having this 50 minute DVD for this alone.
So as the song “Celebrate good times…come on!” blasts out of our TV adverts at this time of year we can spend it remembering nostalgically how we have best enjoyed our favourite songs over the last 50 years and still do today.