Jan & Dean

The Little Old Lady from Pasadena/Filet of Soul

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Two of the more idiosyncratic LPs from Jan & Dean are reissued on this One Way two-fer. The first includes a few of the surf tracks they were known for, but the concept of the title track is extended to absurd novelty tracks like "Horace, the Swingin' School-Bus Driver," "The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review & Timing Association," and the instrumental "Old Ladies Seldom Power Shift." Smack dab in the middle comes "When It's Over," a surprisingly solid track that stands as one of Jan Berry's first attempts to produce a beach ballad the likes of "Surfer Girl" or "Don't Worry Baby." The second, released in 1966, presents covers of a slew of blue-eyed soul favorites with an appropriately brassy swing to the accompaniments. Though Jan & Dean versions of "Norwegian Wood," "Lightnin' Strikes," and "Hang on Sloopy" are all fine and good, the brass section completely overpowers their thin, reedy voices on the choruses of the more powerful songs.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:25
2 2:34
3 2:21
4 2:31
5 2:03
6 2:20
7 2:30
8 1:54
9 2:26
10 1:48
11 2:14
12 2:28
13 2:36
14 2:14
15 2:14
16
3:05
17 2:08
18 3:05
19 3:02
20 2:13
21
2:20
22 2:52
23 2:34
24 2:39
25 2:22
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