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Live At The Tropicana [no label, 1CD]
Live at Tropicana Casino , Atlantic City, New Jersey , September 11, 1986. An excellent soundboard recording from the RS Archives.
My introduction to Frankie Valli came by way of Grease in 1978. Impressed by Valli’s singing, I wanted to know more and picked up a copy of the 2LP set, The 4 Seasons Story [Private Stock PS 7000]. This 1975 album remains unreleased on CD, as far as I know. It contained a great selection of their best songs.
This show in Atlantic City is many years down the road from Grease but Valli still has his voice intact and those magical hits still shine. We borrow this recording shared on the Dime site to share with those of you who can’t do torrents. It’s shared by music fans Mexminute and The Commish. This is what The Commish said about this show:
“Here’s a typically awesome-sounding show from ‘The RS Archives’. I grew up hearing my mom play quite a bit of Frankie Valli/Four Seasons records, so most of these songs were easily recognizable to me… and likely they’ll be easily recognizable to you as well. The only Frankie Valli/Four Seasons song that I could (readily) think of that isn’t present in this show is ‘Rag Doll’, which was one of the five #1 singles for The Four Seasons. I should also note that many of the songs in this show are performed as parts of medleys - which means the whole songs weren’t necessarily played. But what’s here is terrific, so enjoy the show!”
There’s a wealth of excellent shows in The RS Archives. Long may it run and prosper.
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.
Track 01. Who Loves You (6.2MB)
Track 02. Dawn (Go Away) (3.0MB)
Track 03. Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (2.1MB)
Track 04. Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ’bout Me) (888k)
Track 05. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (3.5MB)
Track 06. Frankie Valli talks (3.2MB)
Track 07. Book Of Love (5.9MB)
Track 08. My Eyes Adored You (5.4MB)
Track 09. Grease (5.3MB)
Track 10. Remember Then (2.8MB)
Track 11. December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) (5.6MB)
Track 12. Swearin’ To God (6.4MB)
Track 13. Horn section intro (cuts in) (1.2MB)
Track 14. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (6.1MB)
Track 15. Sherry (1.8MB)
Track 16. Walk Like A Man (1.5MB)
Track 17. Big Girls Don’t Cry (1.4MB)
Track 18. Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) (1.4MB)
Track 19. Instrumental (1.9MB)
Track 20. Streetfighter (8.6MB)
Track 21. More band intros (2.3MB)
Track 22. Frankie Valli talks (1.8MB)
Track 23. They Don’t Make Love Like They Used To (?) (6.9MB)
Track 24. Let’s Hang On (7.7MB)
What’s The RS Archives?
The RS Archive consists of a selection of live recordings made by a great individual who passed away in 2005.
RS worked in the music industry in many capacities… a music fan… a musician… a sound engineer. He was considered one of the best behind the mixing board. I was honored to have known him for practically 35 years. There was no one like him… he was a wonderful human being. Everybody loved him. He was a level-headed guy who knew what sounded good and what didn’t. He could conceive and design sound systems from scratch in his head to meet the artist’s needs. Whatever they wanted, he could do.
For years, he mixed music at the annual Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards television show. RS worked closely for years with Daryl Hall and John Oates, Juice Newton, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Tears for Fears, Crack the Sky, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Ann Murray, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Sinatra, John Hiatt, Little Feat, Little Village, and Waylon Jennings… to name a few.
He had a huge reputation in the business, and that’s why he was chosen to work with such budding clients as Mariah Carey. With the major stars, he was one of the preferred engineers they choose to work with. A particular client of RS who had a reputation for firing sound engineers with great regularity was Anita Baker, whom he won over not only with his technical abilities and personality, but with his refusal to put up with her criticism. He quit a few times but always came back because she loved the way he mixed her music. He could coddle difficult and temperamental celebrities, and they respected his work. He was able to kick back and get along with them. Even though he knew these people, he was a very modest man.
So now, it is time to honor him by sharing some of the many recordings he made while on the road. All are perfect (or near perfect) soundboard recordings made from the master cassettes or master dat tapes. Unfortunately, I am not able to identify the original equipment these tapes were made on, however I can say that for the transferring process, the cassette tapes were played back on a Nakamichi CR-7A, and the dat tapes on a Sony PCM-R500. They were all burnt onto cdr using a HHB CDR-850.
Please enjoy these tasty gems!
Mexminute (fellow DIME member). Uploaded by The Commish.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are best appreciated by their immensely popular hit singles. In 2003, Rhino reached for 20 classics recorded for Vee-Jay, Phillips, Curb/Warner, Private Stock, and RSO between 1962-1978 and found the master tapes to produce The Very Best Of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
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