Jan & Dean

Command Performance

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Recorded a year after The Beach Boys in Concert album from 1964, Jan & Dean's Command Performance features the same screaming lot of Sacramento teens battling the twosome during hits like "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena," "Dean Man's Curve," and "Surf City." The Beach Boys connection gets even more explicit when the duo cover "Little Honda," "I Get Around," and "Sidewalk Surfin'" (co-written by Jan). But while the Beach Boys provided their own surf-combo backing, Jan & Dean are enveloped in a less-then-hip musical setting by supper-club mod Hal Blaine. With the twosome sounding particularly uninspired amid the polite percussion, benign guitar lines, and Vegas brass charts, Command Performance comes up more that just a bit short as a classic live set from the swingin' '60s (that goes for the Beach Boys record as well). For dedicated fans, though, decent Chuck Berry, Everly Brothers, and Beatles covers -- not to mention the wry in-between-song banter -- should provide some moments of listening pleasure.

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