Jan & Dean - Greatest Hits Import
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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!
"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.Read more ›
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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All the best of these two great guys, Jan & Dean. They still are easy on the ears from the sound of the 60's. A historical kind of sound genre, second only to the Beach Boys.Published 4 months ago by Rick Carroll
Tape was purchased for the song "Ride the Wild Surf", that's my favorite of the surf craze music. In my car it sounds really good. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shirley Looney
Super tunes from the early 60's . Brings back many fond memoriesPublished 12 months ago by French Toast King