The Four Seasons - Born To Wander
The Four Seasons - Born To Wander

The Four Seasons - Born To Wander

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The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock band before the Beatles. Since 1970, they have also been known at times as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In 1960, the group known as the Four Lovers evolved into the Four Seasons, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer, Bob Gaudio (formerly of the Royal Teens) on keyboards and tenor vocals,Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals.

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As the subtitle declares, this is comprised of "tender and soulful ballads, folk-flavored." There's an acoustic feel to some of the arrangements, a cover of Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," and (in the biggest surprise of all) a cover of a then-unknown Phil Ochs' "New Town," a song that Ochs never recorded himself. Don't get the impression, however, that this is an overlooked pre-folk-rock statement. Basically, it's a typical mid-1960s Four Seasons album with a folkier feel to the production, and a few genuine folk tunes amidst a program largely comprised of material penned or co-penned by the Seasons' Bob Gaudio. The harmonies are nice and the presentation gutsier than, say, the Kingston Trio. But it's still much more of a polite folk-pop album -- the kind you could find everywhere in 1963 -- than a folk-rock one. Indeed, the LP is just pop-rock at times, and these actually are the best songs on the record: the hit "Silence Is Golden," for instance, and "No Surfin' Today," which owes more to the Beach Boys' ballads than it does to the Weavers. As for "New Town" itself, which is probably the prime cut for attracting collector interest, it's a fair but unexciting troubadour ballad (with banjo) without the protest politics that characterized most of Phil Ochs' early compositions.

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