The Complete Liberty Singles
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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.Read more ›
While I seriously doubt that anyone would consider Jan and Dean to be among the most important figures in the history of rock & 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.Read more ›
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).
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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I've liked Jan and Dean ever since I heard Surf City on the K-Tel album 'Flashback Fever' back in the 70's. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Randman
This is the set to own if you're a fan of Jan & Dean. Growing up, I was a big fan of their music, and I'm so glad that EMI finally did Jan & Dean right by issuing this... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by w_hild
Okay, I have long liked Jan & Dean and this collection has so much. Some songs are near rip-offs of others, but there were a number of new-to-me selections and two that from my... Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Michael
Jan and Dean, along with the Beach Boys, were the Kings of the beach sound. Listening to their music brought back a lot of good memories. Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Tired veteran