Exhaustive Jan & Dean Collection Long Overdue

8 Aug

This wonderful new collection from Collector’s Choice Music is slated to be released on August 26th. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to wait that long. Our friend Cary Baker at Conqueroo was kind enough to send us an advance copy. I have always been a fan of Jan and Dean — their approach was innocent and fun-loving, although their own personal story was not always sunshine and surf’s up.

This 2-disc compilation includes all the massive summertime hits plus a good number of rarities. In all, some 42 tracks make for an ocean full of wonderful memories. The versatile duo of Californians took a stab at many different genres of music including doo wop (Linda), surf (Surf City, Ride the Wild Surf, etc.), country (Tennessee, Fiddle Around), car songs (Drag City, Schlock Rod Pt. 1, etc.) folk (Folk City) and novelty tunes (Popsicle, Batman, Submarine Races). They had a tender side as well — which is on display on tunes like You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy, When It’s Over, and It’s a Shame to Say Goodbye. These well-constructed ballads are cuts that Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys would have been proud of in their prime.  

If you’re into the oldies or if you just want to better understand the evolution of ’60s pop music, this collection is definitely worth checking out. Thanks to Collector’s Choice for not forgetting an era that is close to the hearts of many of us aging hipsters (aka baby boomers). www.ccmusic.com

This is the product description provided by Collector’s Choice: 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.

We suggest you pre-order from Amazon today at: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Liberty-Singles-Jan-Dean/dp/B001AVUAIK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1218224556&sr=8-1

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