Surf City: The Best of Jan & Dean [K-Tel]

by: Jan & Dean

The title of K-Tel's Surf City: The Best of Jan & Dean is misleading, since only four of the album's ten songs are original recordings by Jan Berry and Dean Torrence. The remainder are latter-day re-recordings by tangentially related sound-alikes. And while the duo's good-timin' surf sound is easy to imitate, it cannot be duplicated. Available Jan & Dean retrospectives featuring all-original material are too numerous to mention; any would be a better choice than this waterlogged production. ~ Johnny Loftus

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