Having mounted a surprising comeback with the ballad "My Eyes Adored You" and consolidated it with the disco-ish "Swearin' to God," Frankie Valli made it three hits in a row when his revival of Ruby & the Romantics' 1963 hit "Our Day Will Come," again set to a light disco arrangement, took off for the Top 20 in the fall of 1975, precipitating this tie-in album. Fans of Valli's Four Seasons hits of the '60s or even of his earlier middle-of-the-road pop solo work like "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" may have been confused, but if so, they really hadn't been paying attention. Valli had always wanted to have hits, and he was never averse to adopting contemporary music styles to achieve that success. If in the mid-'70s that meant disco, that was OK with him. For the LP Our Day Will Come, he assembled a session group of New York jazz-pop professionals like keyboard player Don Grolnick and cut some more songs set to a disco beat and some ballads. It was all slickly done, and it might have resulted in yet another hit single and a higher placing for the album than number 107 in the Billboard chart, except that, not satisfied with his renewed solo success, Valli had also wrangled a new recording contract for the Four Seasons and, just as he did in the '60s, he was now competing with himself. Two weeks prior to the release of Our Day Will Come, Warner Bros. Records issued a new Four Seasons album, Who Loves You, itself a tie-in to the group's comeback hit of the same name, and when it proceeded to spawn an even bigger hit, "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," Valli's solo label Private Stock didn't even bother to release another single from Our Day Will Come. It's too bad. The disco-tinged arrangement of the perennial hit "Walk Away Renee" certainly could have scored, as could one of the ballads, such as "Closest Thing to Heaven." That is, maybe they could have in an alternate universe without Who Loves You. By the spring of 1976, Warner was still pulling singles off that LP, scoring with "Silver Star." As a result, Our Day Will Come garnered less attention than it deserved. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

SoundHound on your mobile phone  English |  Español |  Français |  Italiano |  Deutsch |  Português |  Polski |  简体中文 |  한국어 |  日本語