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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B001AVUAIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Sunday Kind Of Love - Jan & Dean
2. Poor Little Puppet - Jan & Dean
3. Tennessee - Jan & Dean
4. Your Heart Has Changed Its Mind - Jan & Dean
5. My Favorite Dream - Jan & Dean
6. Who Put The Bomp - Jan & Dean
7. Frosty The Snowman - Jan & Dean
8. She's Still Talking Baby Talk - Jan & Dean
9. Linda - Jan & Dean
10. When I Learn How To Cry - Jan & Dean
11. Surf City - Jan & Dean
12. She's My Summer Girl - Jan & Dean
13. Honolulu Lulu - Jan & Dean
14. Someday (You'll Go Walking By) - Jan & Dean
15. Drag City - Jan & Dean
16. Schlock Rod (Part 1) - Jan & Dean
17. Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean
18. The New Girl In School - Jan & Dean
19. The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan & Dean
20. My Mighty G.T.O. - Jan & Dean
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Editorial Reviews

A big part of our job here at Collectors' Choice Music is to survey the pop music landscape (or in this case, seascape) for artists whose collections don't really do them justice, and we think there's a strong case to be made that Jan & Dean are at the head of the line. Sure, their classic Liberty recordings have been anthologized, but never comprehensively, and almost always in re-mixed stereo, NOT in their original mono. Well, not this time. We've gone back to the original mono single tapes of EVERY one of Jan & Dean's Liberty singles, both their A and B-sides, then checked and checked again to make sure they were the RIGHT tapes, to bring you the ORIGINAL MONO SINGLE VERSIONS of these songs, exactly as they were released and exactly as they sounded when they climbed the charts and blared out of your Woody's car radio. The package includes extensive liner notes by Ed Osborne and David Beard featuring interviews with those close to the action, like engineer/producer Bones Howe, Jan Berry friend/co-writer Don Altfeld and Dean Torrence himself, plus photos of Jan and Dean and shots of some of the single's label and jacket art.

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One hardly does critical audiophile listening on beach music.
Michael
These two discs are really only about two-thirds of the story, however.
w_hild
Fantastic collection that chronicles the best of Jan & Dean's career.
Phil Miglioratti

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In the shorthand of compilation albums and oldies radio, Jan & Dean sprung into the world fully-formed with the 1963 chart-topper "Surf City," and proceeded to unwind a string of surf and drag hits that included "Honolulu Lulu," "Drag City," "Dead Man's Curve," "The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)," "Ride the Wild Surf," and "Sidewalk Surfin'." And together with the Beach Boys, they defined the sunshine drenched Southern California sound of 1963 and 1964. And while their well-known singles were a fundamental element of the West Coast pop revolution, there's a lot more to the Jan & Dean story, before, during and after their most celebrated sides were waxed. This collection of singles (A's and B's) recorded by Jan and Dean for Liberty between 1962 and 1966 provides ear-opening insight to the duo's pre-stardom gestation, the experiments and advances that paralleled their hit-making years, and the artistic reach that extended past their radio-friendly hits.

Though Jan & Dean had recorded ten singles (and achieved two hits) before signing with Liberty, the initial sides for their new label still found them searching for a unique sound and identity. They opened their relationship with Liberty by revisiting the pop doo-wop they'd practiced in the late `50s, recording the `40s standard "Sunday Kind of Love" in the footsteps of both the Harptones and Del Vikings. Jan & Dean's take follows the latter's upbeat approach, but with a solo vocal and a clownish band arrangement. The duo's next outing, "Tennessee." was even goofier, with "ba ba ba" backing vocals, stomping percussion and a roaring sax solo.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Collector's Choice got it right. While putting together "Jan and Dean: The Complete Liberty Singles" anthology the producers decided to offer the original mono recordings that you would have heard on your transistor radio back in the early to mid 1960's. In those days, most of the 45 rpm releases were mono. Later attempts to release this material in stereo just didn't cut it. As a result, the sound quality on just about every track on "Jan and Dean: The Complete Liberty Singles" is clean and crisp and remarkably authentic.

While I doubt that anyone would consider Jan and Dean to be important figures in the history of rock and roll they certainly did have a fairly impressive run between 1958 and 1966. During this period they placed a total of 26 sides on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart. Most of these releases were in fact on the Liberty label. On "Jan and Dean" The Complete Liberty Singles" you will find the A & B sides of all 21 of the guys Liberty releases. The early releases find Jan and Dean struggling to come up with just the right sound. Before signing with Liberty they recorded for the Dore label among others and dabbled in doo-wop "Baby Talk" and folk "Clementine". Their 1961 recording of the venerable standard "Heart and Soul" certainly showed some promise for the boys. Later on in 1961 Jan and Dean signed a new recording deal with Liberty records. They attempted to build on the success of "Heart and Soul" with their initial Liberty release "A Sunday Kind of Love". It was a dismal failure. In early 1963, a tune called "Linda" achieved modest success and set the stage for the boy's most productive period. During this period surf music and cruisin' music had become all the rage.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Phil Miglioratti on January 6, 2009
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Fantastic collection that chronicles the best of Jan & Dean's career.

42 tracks ranging from their #1 hit(Surf City) to gotta-hear album tunes like My Mighty G.T.O. - Lots of upbeat hits (New Girl in School), underrated singles (I Found A Girl), and hints at their unique brand of humor that predated the Monkees (Batman), as well as where they were heading before Jan's accident (Can't Wait to Love You). Substantive linear notes including some by David Beard of Endless Summer Quarterly (the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean journal).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Indiveri on February 10, 2010
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This collection is the "real" Jan and Dean in that it presents the music, tunes and cover art that made J & D into the stars they were.
Most folks in the 50's and 60's got their music from the radio from DJ's who mostly played the 45's issued by record companies and their artists.

Allthough Jan & Dean had a few hit's in the late 50's, they hit their groove between 1963 and 1966. Liberty Records knew they had a money maker with the guys and did quite a bit of promotion of the 45 single releases. When J & D fans think of their favorite J & D tune, it almost always will be one of these releases. The long playing (LP) releases also had some J & D classics, (Horce, the School Bus Driver); and the later releases of alternative versions, studio outtakes and such are great stuff for the J & D buff. But is the Liberty 45's where they made their bones.

The audio quality is very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Bereschik on May 8, 2010
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Great collection.
Jan and Dean rode the wave (pun intended) of 60s surf music. And they were so good at it.
This collection includes all the hits and some lesser-known gems.
"Dead Man's Curve" and "the Little Old Lady from Pasedena" are classics of their time.
Nice to hear some of the earlier songs that weren't quite big hits.
Interesting cover of "Norwegian Wood."
There were many songs on this compilation that I had never heard, but I'm glad to have them now.
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