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Jan & Dean - Greatest Hits Import

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The songs and recording innovations (carried out in a garage) of this trailblazing surf-rock duo inspired generations of bands. Here are their original hits Surf City; Honolulu Lulu; Drag Ciy; Dead Man's Curve; Ride the Wild Surf; Sidewalk Surfin'; Linda; the Little Old Lady from Pasadena, and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Linda
  2. Surf City
  3. Honolulu Lulu
  4. Drag City
  5. Dead Man's Curve
  6. The New Girl In School
  7. The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)
  8. Ride The Wild Surf
  9. Sidewalk Surfin'
  10. You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 17, 2002
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!
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Jan & Dean - Greatest Hits is a budget priced CD from Curb Records that really doesn't make the grade as a true "greatest hits" collection. There are only ten songs here and that could never be enough to encompass every hit that Jan & Dean ever had. There's a lot to like -but there's too much missing and that irks me. However, the sound quality is good and the artwork is nicely done.

"Linda" starts the CD off with a number that showcases the fine vocal talents of Jan & Dean. They really harmonize wonderfully, much better than I've heard in quite a while. "Linda" has a pretty melody and the percussion sounds terrific, too. Great! "Surf City" may sound like something The Beach Boys would have turned out; but make no mistake about it--this is Jan & Dean's number, and it all works very well. The lyrics are great and the way they superimposed the harmonizing over the lyrics is very impressive. "Surf City" is just about my very favorite Jan & Dean tune because it is so optimistic and it celebrates the joys of youth as they have great times at the beach.

"Honolulu Lulu" has essentially the same type of sound as "Surf City;" and Jan & Dean perform this very well. The musical special effects evoke those Hawaiian images in your mind as you listen to this song. It's easily a major highlight of this CD. "Dean Man's Curve" wasn't a number I heard before but I liked it much more than I thought I would--after all, "Dead Man's Curve" doesn't sound like it's going to be a serious hit from a duo like Jan & Dean. This fine tune about a car race really sounds good and it grows on you--trust me!

"The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)" was definitely a huge hit for Jan & Dean; "The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)" has a great beat and the melody is rather memorable.
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For anyone who is curious about the Jan and Dean era or about their music in general, this would be a excellent CD to own because it give a listener the feel for their type of music, a taste of this duo's very diverse talent and just some plain old great rock and roll oldies music! I am a Beach Boys fan by admission but I can see a great deal of influence on Brian Wilson by Jan and Dean! I highly recommend this CD...really excellent!
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Capitol-EMI put out a whole series of these "10 Best" cheapo CDs about 15 years ago, some others being The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, The Lettermen, Peggy Lee, The Tubes, The Fleetwoods, The Classics IV, Al Martino, Little River Band, and Jay & The Americans.

There are no liner notes - in fact just the single page cover with a list of the others in the series on the reverse. All the selections are originals, however, and if you happen to be seeking a specific song by the artists concerned, this series is a good place to find them and at a nice price.

Otherwise, for most of the artists concerned there are now some larger, much more comprehensive compilations which, although costing about double or triple the price (or more), also give you many more of their hits and, in many cases such as with those from Ace of London, detailed background information and discographies.

These were fine when CDs were still a novelty.
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A Kid's Review on December 21, 2004
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This Jan and Dean album show the rock n' roll. This is stocked with classics like "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" and "Sidewalk Surfing." these songs share the same theme with the Beach Boys, but are equally great.
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A Kid's Review on January 30, 2005
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I am a very big Beach Boy fan. Yes, Brian Wilson was influenced by Jan and Dean. Remember though he did write songs like "Sidewalk Surfin", and "Surf City"for them. Yet this album is filled with a lot of classics.
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Just basic stuff but clean-sounding originals (not always the case with the "10 Best" series. Never have understood the logic behind this minimalistic approach, especially by the labels which already own most of an artist's material but, for the price and sound, I can live with it.
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