Romancing the '60s

Romancing the '60s

by Frankie ValliFrankie Valli


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Frankie Valli has recorded only sparingly as a solo artist, and virtually never after the late '70s. (Culture hounds should already be aware that the most notable solo Valli performance was the theme song to 1978's Grease, the latest of his Top Ten hits.) But in 2007, with his recurring appearances on The Sopranos and the success of the Four Seasons-based Broadway smash Jersey Boys, Valli's fame was higher than it had been in 30 years, and he returned with the solo album Romancing the '60s. In similar company with the standards records of Barry Manilow that topped the charts in the mid-2000s, the album presents a baker's dozen of nuggets from the pop canon (plus an extra thrown in as part of a medley). It doesn't come as a surprise that Valli's tastes run as heavily into pop as Manilow's, which results in many choices from the Brill Building stable (plus a healthy dose of Motown). Also, there's a preponderance of American choices, the only one outside the hemisphere being Brit producer Tony Hatch on "Call Me" (and that one hit the charts thanks to American Chris Montez). Although Valli had kept active during the years as a live performer, it may still be a surprise to hear how his sweet falsetto has thinned as it's aged. Valli has a large orchestra behind him on most songs, as well as backing vocals on several performances to bolster his singing. The last track, "On Broadway," features the Jersey Boys themselves.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602517462182
catalogNumber: 000990802
Rank: 72488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frankie Valli   Primary Artist
Michael Davis   Trombone,Performing Ensemble
Rodney Jones   Electric Guitar
Rob Mounsey   Piano,Keyboards
Artie Schroeck   Conductor
Robin Clark   Background Vocals
Paul Shaffer   Hammond Organ,Soloist
Bob Carlisle   French Horn,Performing Ensemble
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Dennis Anderson   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Diane Barere   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Lori Brooks   Background Vocals
Charles Calello   Conductor
Angela Cappelli   Background Vocals
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Performing Ensemble,Soloist
Richie Gajate Garcia   Latin Percussion
Crystal Garner   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion,Performing Ensemble
Nikki Gregoroff   Background Vocals
Hae Young Ham   Performing Ensemble,Concert Master
Warren Ham   Harmonica
Joyce Hammann   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Kenneth Hitchcock   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Jean Ingraham   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Ronald Janelli   Flute,Alto Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Performing Ensemble,Soloist
Karen Karlsrud   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Mark Kibble   Background Vocals
Jeanne LeBlanc   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Ann Leathers   Performing Ensemble,Concert Master
Will Lee   Bass
Richard Locker   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Lois Martin   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Nancy McAlhany   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeff Mironov   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eugene J. Moye   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Jan Mullen   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Kevin Osborne   Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Tim Ries   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Roger Rosenberg   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Gino Speight   Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar (Nylon String)
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Ellen Westerman   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Cenovia Cummins   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Avril Brown   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Diane Lesser   Oboe,Performing Ensemble
Chris Komer   French Horn,Performing Ensemble
Maxine Roach   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Sarah Adams   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Gary Janney   Background Vocals
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Charles Pillow   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Daniel Culpepper   French Horn,Performing Ensemble
Peter Winograd   Violin,Performing Ensemble
J. Robert Spencer   Background Vocals
Adrian Benjamin   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
Christian Hoff   Background Vocals
George Flynn   Bass Trombone,Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Alexandre Sipiaquine   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
Kimberly Mont   Background Vocals
Jason Paige   Background Vocals
Desiree Elsevier   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Daniel Reichard   Background Vocals
John Lloyd Young   Background Vocals
Jersey Boys   Guest Appearance
Debra Black Clements   Background Vocals
Dave Spiers   Trumpet,Performing Ensemble
Danny Miller   Performing Ensemble,Celli
Stacey Shames   Harp,Performing Ensemble
Robby "Mann" Robinson   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Artie Schroeck   Arranger,Concept
Phil Spector   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
Eddie Brigati   Composer
Charles Calello   Arranger,Concept
Felix Cavaliere   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Concept
Tony Hatch   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Paul Riser   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
Pete Karam   Engineer
Christopher Kornmann   Graphic Design

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