Some people are waiting with baited breath for The Jersey Boys movie and dreaming of such a resurgence of interest that record companies will be keen to dig out the unreleased material for old and emerging fans. Well whilst the movie may increase interest in their download archive the likelihood that any effort will go into a documentary(as with the Beatles Anthology) or issue of any unreleased material...... there is little evidence of this given the past approach of the Partnership.
The latest Newsletter from George Ingram’s extensive archive of published articles is motoring through the 1970s and it is clear that control of the image and media for fans is sanitized and restricted. With the now established story of the group immortalized in Jersey Boys (soon to be on general release as the movie…based on the stage play) there will be little appetite in the Partnership for sharing any of the limelight with Gerry Polci, Lee Shapiro, Don Ciccone, and John Paiva as they get no mention in the show /film….nor is their musical contribution recognized. A sad legacy for a great group.
But at least on the UK Four Seasons Appreciation Society web site fans can collect articles on the reality of their 1970s music and of that great line-up. For me perhaps the best line-up was before Joe Long left and whilst John Paive was doing lead 'fill-ins' making him a natural to move forward into the line-up (an event suitably reported in Newsletter 59.) and just look at the list of vinyl releases from 1976 to 1980. Great days…..so enjoy the download page by clicking here or on the image above.