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The Four Seasons: Ain't That a Shame and 11 Other Hits

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The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi.

The Season's second album of 1963 (Ah, for the days when bands had a work ethic) is typical of its time--pre-Beatles--in that it's based around a recent hit or two, with the rest being more or less filler; in this case it's a mixture of originals by genius producer/songwriter Bob Crewe and '50s doo-wop tunes on which the group had cut their teeth. The group's singing, however, is glorious throughout, and the album's hit singles--particularly the definitive cover version of Maurice Williams' "Stay," the proto-bubblegum psychedelia of "Candy Girl" and the genuinely sublime "Marlena," with its unforgettable "roopie-doopie doop" chorus --are innovative reworkings of the East Coast harmony vocal style, as well as important steps along the road toward the pure-pop ear candy the Seasons and Crewe would soon pursue in earnest.



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