This Japanese compilation does Beach Boys fans a service by gathering all the Brian Wilson-related material performed by surf duo Jan & Dean -- no coincidence that this virtually overlaps with their greatest hits. It begins with an album's worth of Wilson compositions: "Ride the Wild Surf," "Surf City," "The New Girl in School," "Dead Man's Curve," and even the Smile-era nugget "Vegetables." Three tracks of "Jan & Dean with the Beach Boys" features -- "Surfin' Safari," "Surfin'," "Little Deuce Coupe" -- present the duo over the original Beach Boys backing tracks, and the "Sing Brian's Favorites" section includes the one big Jan & Dean hit not related to the Beach Boys, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena." The remaining ten tracks are split into Jan Berry-conducted versions of Brian Wilson songs (the arrangements are high-school band level) and energizing live tracks from their mid-'60s prime.
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