Jan & Dean

Take Brian Surfin'

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:17
2 2:18
3 2:31
4 2:56
5 2:19
6 2:00
7 2:29
8 2:34
9 2:15
10 1:49
11 2:17
12 2:36
13 2:20
14 2:05
15 2:16
16 1:59
17 2:26
18 2:18
19 1:58
20 2:49
21 2:23
22 2:53
23 2:49
24 2:42
25 2:59
26 2:22
27 3:29
28 2:03
29 2:32
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