The Four Lovers

The Four Lovers 1956

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Compilation of the quartet's complete RCA-Victor recordings from April through August of 1956, including alternate takes. The array of sounds, including elements of rockabilly, dance-oriented R&B, and pop, may surprise fans of the Four Seasons. The vocals by Frankie Valli, then known as Frankie Valley, share the spotlight with lead guitarist/singer Thomas DeVito and rhythm guitarist/singer Henry Majewski, and their overall sound is just a little too derivative of other records that were around to be genuinely distinctive -- all except for the group's one and only chart entry, their version of Otis Blackwell's "You're the Apple of My Eye," which sounds more like a burlesque of rock & roll than a straight performance. Musically it is fascinating, if not the most compelling material of its era, practically a lost missing link from the early days of rock & roll by a phenomenally talented group that still needed to find a sound of their own.

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