Frankie Avalon 25 All-Time Greatest Hits
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- Released: May 7, 2002
- Label: Varese Sarabande
- 2.I'll Wait for You - (mono)
- 3.Dede Dinah - (mono)
- 4.Ginger Bread - (mono)
- 5.Just Ask Your Heart
- 6.Where Are You
- 7.A Perfect Love
- 9.Tuxedo Junction
- 10.Too Young to Love
- 11.Bobby Sox to Stockings
- 12.A Boy Without a Girl
- 14.Don't Let Love Pass Me By
- 15.Swingin' on a Rainbow
- 16.All of Everything
- 17.Don't Throw Away All Those Teardrops
- 18.Who Else but You
- 19.You Are Mine
- 20.Call Me Anytime
- 21.A Miracle
- 22.Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
- 23.Two Fools - (mono, single version)
- 24.Beach Party
- 25.Don't Stop Now
Personnel includes: Frankie Avalon (vocals); Peter DeAngelis, Russell Faith, Jerry Ragavoy, Don Costa (arranger, conductor).
Producers: Bob Marcucci, Peter DeAngelis, Russell Faith.
Compilation producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Marty Wesker, Steve Massie.
Recorded between 1959 & 1963. Includes liner notes by Joseph Lanza.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Liner Note Author: Joseph Lanza.
Arrangers: Don Costa; Peter DeAngelis.
This package is part of the Varese Sarabande label's general campaign to put out new greatest-hits packages of artists they've already given the best-of treatment to, the chief difference being the inclusion of more tracks the second time around. The company's The Best of Frankie Avalon, issued in 1995, had 18 songs; 25 All-Time Greatest Hits, as is self-evident, has seven more. The biggest hits are on both CDs, but alas it's not an automatic given that 25 All-Time Greatest Hits makes other Avalon anthologies redundant, since it's missing a number 56 chart hit that was on The Best of Frankie Avalon, "The Puppet Song." Granted that tune's not a world-beater, but its inclusion would probably mean something to a lot of fans who bother to select an Avalon best-of off the shelves. That omission aside, this has everything almost anyone would want by Avalon, including a bunch of songs beyond the half-dozen or so that still cling to oldies radio play lists. The best of the obscure tracks are the ones from the 1963 non-charting 45 "Beach Party"/"Don't Stop Now," which are far harder-rocking than most of his output, though they're not memorable. "Beach Party" was written by Gary Usher and Roger Christian, who were involved in composing many a hot rod and surf record, including some for the Beach Boys; "Don't Stop Now," which sounds like it would have fit in well in one of his beach movies, even has some early fuzz guitar. Beyond that, it might be noted that a surprisingly high portion of this has no relation to rock music, being far more in the orchestrated pop balladeer school that rock & roll did so much to close down. ~ Richie Unterberger
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