Chameleon (The Four Seasons album)

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Chameleon
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Studio album by The Four Seasons
Released May 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Pop rock
Length 33:33
Label MoWest
Producer Bob Gaudio
The Four Seasons chronology
Half & Half
(1970)
Chameleon
(1972)
Who Loves You
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Chameleon is a 1972 album by The Four Seasons notable for being their only album recorded for Motown. The album met with limited success in the US; no single was even issued from the album in America. "The Night", however, met with success in the UK and peaked at No. 7 in 1975, becoming a Northern Soul mainstay.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Writer(s) Time
1 "A New Beginning (Prelude)" Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio 1:21
2 "Sun Country" Bob Gaudio 4:07
3 "You're a Song (That I Can't Sing)" Bob Gaudio, Brit Gaudio 3:11
4 "The Night" Al Ruzicka, Bob Gaudio 3:22
5 "A New Beginning" Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio 4:45
6 "When the Morning Comes" Bob Gaudio 4:37
7 "Poor Fool" Al Ruzicka 4:20
8 "Touch the Rainchild" Al Ruzicka, Bob Gaudio 4:22
9 "Love Isn't Here (Like it Used to Be)" Bob Gaudio, Brit Gaudio 3:44

Non-album singles[edit]

The following singles were recorded during the band's tenure at Motown; none of these appeared on Chameleon. Some, however, later turned up on Frankie Valli's 1975 "solo" album Inside You, which was a collection of unreleased songs and outtakes from Chameleon.[3]

  • "Walk On, Don't Look Back" - MoWest 5026
  • "How Come?/Life and Breath" - Motown 1255
  • "Hickory/Charisma" - Motown 1288
  • "You've Got Your Troubles/Listen to Yesterday" - Motown 1251
  • "The Scalawag Song (And I Will Love You)" - Motown 1279

Legacy[edit]

Although reception at the time of release was lukewarm, opinions today from both fans and critics are very positive.[4] Noted for the distinctive Motown sound combined with the sounds of the Four Seasons, the album's "slick pop production values" made for a unique album in their catalog.[5] Unavailable on Compact Disc until 2008, the compilation Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: The Motown Years finally made this album, Frankie Valli's Inside You, and non-album singles accessible to a new audience on a 2-disc set.

The Night was covered by Lene Lovich on her 1979 record Flex.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

  • Paul Wilson - Drums
  • Al Ruzicka - Keyboards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Chin, Brain. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: The Motown Years, Liner Notes (2008)
  3. ^ Chin, Brain. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons: The Motown Years, Liner Notes (2008)
  4. ^ "Motown Anthology Reviews" (PDF). The Four Seasons UK Appreciation Society. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Lindsay Planer. "Allmusic". Chameleon. Retrieved 31 January 2011.