Jan & Dean

Jan & Dean Take Linda Surfin'/Ride the Wild Surf

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An assortment of covers and enjoyable novelty tracks makes this One Way two-fer from Jan & Dean (the first from 1963, the second from 1964) a solid entry in the label's continuing program to reissue various surf LPs. The first includes versions of the Beach Boys' "Surfin'" and "Surfin' Safari" plus covers of "Walk Like a Man" and "Rhythm of the Rain." The second is less impressive, almost completely dominated by surf-and-sun tracks (plus "Sidewalk Surfin'"). The production is a bit spare compared to the fuller, more robust sound producer Jan Berry would cultivate on later albums, but the pair sound good throughout.

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