Jan & Dean

One Last Ride

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Early-'60s beach bums Jan & Dean shared the same squeaky-clean take on rock & roll as surfing brethren the Beach Boys, scoring some huge hits with "Surf City" and "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" before Jan Berry nearly died in a car wreck ironically not too far from the very "Dead Man's Curve" that had inspired a hit for the band a few years prior. Things slowed down for the act in the late '60s and early '70s, eventually seeing Jan & Dean estranged, careers going in different directions and each dealing with personal demons. One Last Ride comes from a 1981 reunion concert held in New York. Despite a few interesting moments -- members of the Turtles hop on-stage near the end to perform a passable reading of "Happy Together," and the band inexplicably plays an instrumental of Devo's "Whip It" to start the show -- the performances are for super-fans only, veering more toward cruise ship house band fare than anything too inspired.

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