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The Complete Liberty Singles

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Ride The Wild Surf
  22. The Anaheim, Azusa And Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association
  23. Sidewalk Surfin'
  24. When It's Over
  25. (Here They Come) From All Over The World
  26. Freeway Flyer
  27. You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy
  28. It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3
  29. It's A Shame To Say Goodbye
  30. The Submarine Races
  31. I Found A Girl
  32. A Beginning From An End
  33. Folk City
  34. Norwegian Wood
  35. Batman
  36. Bucket 'T'
  37. Popsicle
  38. Fiddle Around
  39. Surfer's Dream
  40. School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)
  41. The Universal Coward
  42. Can't Wait To Love You


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 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: #253,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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 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.
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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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This collection is the reason Jan and Dean belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From Garage Band to number one on the charts. "Little Old Lady from Pasadena", "Deadman's Curve", "New Girl in School","Surf City" and on and on. You have to wonder what is wrong with the Morons running the Hall of Fame? Jan Berry produced, wrote, arranged, sang, played on and mixed his records, a feat never matched in music history. Dean Torrance wrote brilliant liner notes and later won Grammy's for album covers. The music stands on it's own. Steve Martin borrowed "King Tut" from Jan and Dean's "Schlock Rod". Their music is on tv and in the movies. "Deadman's Curve" is a blazing paean that alone should merit the Hall of Fame. Once again, listen to this collection and ask: what is taking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so long?
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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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