Not many are fully aware of the greatness of The Four Seasons, a band that peaked during the 60s and that The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has recognized as the greatest rock’n’roll group of the pre-Beatles era. Their frontman alone, Frankie Valli, has delivered a long list of timeless hits which, put together, have made up an entire musical –Jersey Boys. So when the story of the band was adapted into a play in 2005, the show moved to Broadway and began collecting prestigious awards –among which four Tonys and a Grammy for the musical’s beautifully reminiscing, invigorating soundtrack.
In 2014, Jersey Boys was adapted once more, this time for the big screen, with legendary Clint Eastwood taking on both the production and direction of the project. The plot, based on Marshall Brickman’s and Rick Elice’s book Jersey Boys, and the music, are both the same as in the theatrical version, and what’s more, the leading roles are taken on by the original theatrical cast –with some exciting, noteworthy additions. Keep an eye out for Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken, Kathrine Narducci, Renée Marino and the director’s daughter, Francesca Eastwood. And pay attention to the narrator: Eastwood tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in first person and in a way he only could. Finally, John Lloyd Young is Frankie Valli –both on stage and on screen– and it looks as though the accolades will keep rolling in for this one-of-a-kind actor.
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Twenty-five Four Seasons hits are updated in a way that accommodates the Jersey Boys’ film version as well as the official soundtrack of its screen adaptation in order to also stand well as an album alone –as a greatest hits compilation for the band, only this time, performed by the actors themselves. But apart from the new recordings of these famous tracks, the Jersey Boys Soundtrack also includes some of the Broadway recordings as well as some of Frankie Valli’s and The Four Seasons’ original demos, like Beggin’, Sherry or Rag Doll.
Rhino Records has admittedly released a very promising album, which, although exciting and dynamic, has to compete against previous versions of the same, essentially, material. The Broadway Original Cast soundtrack and of course, the various greatest-hits compilations of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have also been highly successful, and continue to do well today, so for anyone already owning one of these versions, the Jersey Boys OST becomes redundant. But if you don’t have either, you might want to give this remastered, delightfully nostalgic, charmingly romantic OST a chance.
Jersey Boys Official Soundtrack Tracklist:
01. Jersey Boys – Prelude
02. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
03. Frankie Valli – My Mother’s Eyes
04. John Lloyd Young – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
05. John Lloyd Young – A Sunday Kind of Love
06. John Lloyd Young – Moody’s Mood for Love
07. Erich Bergen – Cry For Me
08. John Lloyd Young – Sherry
09. John Lloyd Young – Big Girls Don’t Cry
10. John Lloyd Young – Walk Like A Man
11. Kimmy Gatewood – My Boyfriend’s Back
12. John Lloyd Young – My Eyes Adored You
13. John Lloyd Young – Dawn (Go Away)
14. John Lloyd Young – Big Man In Town
15. Frankie Valli – Beggin’
16. John Lloyd Young – Medley: Stay / Let’s Hang On (To What We Got) / Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me) / Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)
17. John Lloyd Young – C’mon Marianne
18. John Lloyd Young – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
19. John Lloyd Young – Working My Way Back To You
20. Frankie Valli – Fallen Angel
21. John Lloyd Young – Who Loves You
22. John Lloyd Young – Closing Credits: Sherry / December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
23. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Sherry
24. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Dawn (Go Away)
25. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Rag Doll