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Surf City - The Best of Jan & Dean

1 April 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 April 2002
  • Label: K-Tel
  • Copyright: 1977 K-Tel
  • Total Length: 22:53
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  • ASIN: B001N3DU5U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,430 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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I loved it first time round and found it brought back lots of happy memories of the 1960s. Good value.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
extremely skimpy; doesn't actually have the hits 19 Jun 2011
By S.W. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I wonder about the people who gave this CD those "favorable" reviews. I too am a fan of J&D (despite the facts that I wasn't around in the '60s and don't, and never have, lived in California). However, there is one very important thing about this CD that they fail to mention, and that is that none of the hit recordings are actually on the CD. (This is also not mentioned in the site's product description, or if it is, I somehow missed it.) It seems to me that if those people had actually heard this CD, they would have pointed that out.
These recordings are POST-'60s, and aren't done particularly well. While not really "bad," they're not worth paying much for. In fact, they aren't really even "Jan And Dean" recordings, as there is no Jan on them (as far as I know)!
To me, these factors render the "best of" part of the CD's title false! No way are any of these recordings better than any of the original HIT recordings!! (The cheesiest track on the CD, in my opinion, is "I Get Around" --- which I don't think J&D originally did a studio version of.)
I find it rather annoying when record labels use inferior re-recordings and make it look, at least at first, like they are the originals by calling the release "greatest hits" or "best of," or some such phony "slapped-on-the-package-to-make-the-release-sell" title. I don't know how many times I've been taken in by this ruse. Fortunately, I discovered the truth about this CD before I ignorantly ordered my own copy. It was put out by K-Tel, who seem to specialize in re-recordings, but there are probably a lot of people who don't know that about them.
If you're looking for the REAL recordings, sorry --- you'll have to look elsewhere.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
NOT the original recordings 14 April 2011
By Profanius - Published on
These are newer recordings made by Dean during the 1980s, without Jan's involvement. Not the original recordings from the '60s.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice Album Featuring Best Of Jan And Dean! 17 July 2002
By Barron Laycock - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Life and fame were very good to Jan and Dean, at least for a while, when they started out as a Garage Duo making the tours of local recording studios. They quickly took advantage of the happenstance of the rise of southern California surfer music to catch a wave to the top with an early hit, "Linda". Later came "Surf City", and a raft of together, such as "Honolulu Lulu", "The New Girl In School', and "Sidewalk Surfing" (which robbed the melody and chord progressions from Beach Boy pal Brian Wilson's "Catch A Wave). Later came such popular numbers as "Ride The Wild Surf", "You really Know How to Hurt A Guy", and of course, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena".
In what is one of the most ironic twists involving their career, one of their biggest hits was with a song called "Dead Man's Curve", which chronicled a fateful race between a Jaguar XKE and a Corvette Sting Ray, which ends with the protagonist badly mangled in the crash. Just a year later Jan was himself badly injured in such a crash in his own Corvette, and suffered a number of permanent disabilities from it. Still, Jan and Dean performed for years later with rock and roll revival tours, and Jan still records, although in a very limited sense. This was wonderful music, and it still plays well. I listen to them often, and I'm sure you will too once you listen to this album of their collected hits. Enjoy
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Surfers & Street Racers 1 Nov 2007
By Edward Rasen Jr. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great collection of great songs. The good old days when Huntington Beach, California was Surf City and drive-in restaurants throughout the United States were pit areas for street-racers.

Friday nights at the local burger joint as '55 and '56 Chevys line up, 327/375hp fuel-injected engines roaring and rumbling through open headers. Rear ends jacked up as street tires are replaced with racing slicks.

The 60s before the Viet-Nam War, social protesting, and the psychedelic sounds from San Francisco. Enjoy those good times before war destroyed the USA.

Surf City: Best of Jan and Dean is a better album but for the money this is a bargain and certainly an inexpensive way to load your MP3 player. All the songs are great. So, grab this album. It's fun, fun, fun.
Prefer the original Beach Boys renditions of most of these 2 Jun 2014
By TheOtherChris - Published on
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I had forgotten how many Beach Boys songs Jan & Dean had "covered". Still, I added some of their originals to my travel collection for long drives
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