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Sixties Hits

by The Midtown Men

Experience the sensational sound of these Four Stars from the Original Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys as they take on the classic hits of the 1960s in this highly anticipated debut album.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Lets Hang On / Working My Way Back To You / Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
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4:39 album only
2. Can't Buy Me Love
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2:12 album only
3. Happy Together
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2:51 album only
4. Ain't That Peculiar
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3:11 album only
5. Dawn
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2:22 album only
6. Candy Girl
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2:27 album only
7. Up On the Roof
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2:34 album only
8. California Dreamin'
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2:37 album only
9. Time of the Season
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3:20 album only
10. Big Girls Don't Cry / Sherry
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3:42 album only
11. Bye Bye Baby
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2:17 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I'll never forget the first time I heard Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer sing. Because I had the honor of writing the liner notes for the cast album of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, I got a chance to attend the 2005 recording session for this best-selling, Grammy-winning CD. What did I think of these young men and the other members of the original Broadway cast as they recreated the songs of the Four Seasons? Knocked out would be an understatement. These guys weren't just a talented bunch of actors. They were a real singing group, like the ones I loved in the '60s. When the play is over, I thought, they should go out on tour.

Well, as we know, the play is not over and may never be over. But after a few years, Christian (with a Tony Award in hand for his part in Jersey Boys), Michael (having put out a solo album Under 1000 Shades of Blue), Daniel (who would play Candide at the New York City Opera) and Bobby (who would earn a Tony nomination for his starring role in Next to Normal) left Jersey Boys to do other things. Yet they could never quite get those infectious Jersey Boys tunes out of their heads. In 2009, as I had hoped and predicted, they got back together as the Midtown Men and hit the road, singing the songs of the Four Seasons and all the other great '60s groups. This new Fab Four became rock stars in their own right.

Now they've gone back into the studio to record this fantastic disc, with the Seasons' smashes and also covers of the Beatles, the Drifters, the Mamas and the Papas and even the Zombies, among others. The Midtown Men put their own youthful spin on these ageless songs. They are helping the pop composers of the '60s take their rightful place in the Great American Songbook. I love these guys for keeping my favorite music alive in the 21st Century. And how much do I love this album? It's as good as popping Meet the Beatles on my turntable for the first time!

~ Charles Alexander, long-time senior editor for Time Magazine.



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Sean

Terrific
The original cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys put their best foot forward with this incredible tribute to the 60's. 'Sixties Hits' features my all time favorite version of 'Time of the Season.' The horns are sweet and the harmonies are even sweeter. Don't hesitate to get this record.

Matthew Forss

Ear Candy
The original cast of Jersey Boys are now Midtown Men on this album of nostaglic ear-candy. The Midtown Men resurrect American pop songs from the 1960s on the aptly-titled Sixties Hits. Eleven songs represent a wide array of pop hits, including "Dawn," "Time Of The Season," "Ain't That Peculiar," "Candy Girl," "Up On The Roof," "Can't Buy Me Love," "California Dreamin'," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Bye Bye Baby,'' plus several others. The execution of the songs is generally well-developed and fairly close in sound to the original hits with full instrumentation. The upbeat songs are well-suited for the vocal ranges of the Midtown Men. The flamboyant theatrical and Broadway-inspired antics are appropriately-suited for the songs on this album. The party-type song styles and feel-good music is highly-recommended for fans of pop hits from Americans golden era of music. Fans of the original artists will be pleasantly-surprised throughout. Give it a listen today.