Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas

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Review Text Jersey Boys, the successful Broadway musical that chronicled the story of the Four Seasons, the vocal group that gave the world classic pop hits like “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Dawn,” “Silence Is Golden,” “Sherry,” and so many others, has become its own sort of cottage industry, spawning several stage runs internationally and a national touring group, and now, a holiday album featuring various cast members from around the world singing Christmas songs and carols in the Four Seasons vocal style. Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas was produced by Bob Gaudio, a founding member of the original Four Seasons and the group’s main songwriter and arranger, so naturally he knows exactly how to get that vocal style, although he has one huge problem. There’s only one Frankie Valli, the group’s iconic lead singer whose high, soaring vocals defined everything, and Valli isn’t involved in this project. That doesn’t mean A Jersey Boys Christmas fails as a recording. It’s actually quite interesting, full of joyous energy and delightfully quirky arrangements, some of which intertwine bits of Four Seasons hits into the mix, and it drives along on big drums and bold rhythmic signatures. The various vocalists who take turns at being Valli do a pretty good job of approximating his signature vocal style, but it’s never more than a close facsimile, so it’s probably wrong to approach this album from a Four Seasons perspective. It really sounds as much like the kind of album Brian Wilson and what’s left of the Beach Boys would make if they were to reconvene in a studio these days, which means, well, less than it could. That said, this set makes for a pretty darn good Christmas album, once one stops wondering what it might have sounded like if Valli had been out front. Highlights include a Drifters-influenced doo wop version of “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” (with traces of “Bye Bye Baby” embedded in the arrangement), and a gorgeous “Carol of the Bells/Angels We Have Heard on High” medley, among others. The whole album is of a piece, and it rocks with joy and drive, and if it isn’t exactly the Four Seasons, it comes close enough to bring a whole lot of good cheer. ~ Steve Leggett

Track Listing

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  1. 1. Joy to the World/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [London] - 3:44
  2. 2. Winter Wonderland [Las Vegas] - 2:23
  3. 3. Little Drummer Boy [National Tour] - 3:22
  4. 4. Santa Medley: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/Here Comes Santa Claus/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus [Tony Award Winner] - 4:43
  5. 5. O Holy Night/Rise Up Shepherd - 5:15
  6. 6. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen [Australia] - 3:34
  7. 7. Jingle Bell Rock [National Tour] - 2:56
  8. 8. King Is Born [Broadway] - 3:53
  9. 9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [Tony Award Winner] - 4:23
  10. 10. White Christmas [London] - 3:49
  11. 11. I'll Be Home for Christmas [Broadway] - 3:45
  12. 12. Angels from the Realms of Glory [Australia] - 2:56
  13. 13. Silver Bells/Silent Night [Las Vegas] - 5:52
  14. 14. Do You Hear What I Hear? [Las Vegas] - 3:58
  15. 15. Breath of Heaven/We Three Kings [Las Vegas] - 5:57
  16. 16. Carol of the Bells/Angels We Have Heard on High - 2:00
  17. 17. Auld Lang Syne - 2:20

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Release Date
10/4/11 

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