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All the Hits: From Surf City to Drag City

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Jan & Dean 11/12/1996

Review

Two discs, each running over 70 minutes, of the duo's most celebrated performances from the late '50s through the mid-'60s. If you're stacking this up against the Legendary Masters Series compilation, the advantage of getting this one is that it adds their doo wop-influenced, pre-Liberty hits ("Baby Talk," "Heart and Soul," "A Sunday Kind of Love"), as well as the pre-Jan & Dean smash by Jan & Arnie ("Jennie Lee"). It also has a few good tunes not on the previous anthology, like "My Mighty G.T.O." and the original version of "Bucket 'T'" (covered by the Who in 1966). And it's stuffed with alternate takes of some of their most famous tunes, which could be viewed as either a boon or an irrelevance. Some of their flop singles were really cringe worthy: "The Universal Coward" is a stupid parody of "Universal Soldier," and "A Beginning From an End," a melodrama in which the singer's wife dies in childbirth (!) against a typically sunny Top 40 arrangement, is downright tasteless fare. Collectors will appreciate these bonuses mightily, but less intense fans, if they're not determined to have "Baby Talk" and "Jennie Lee," will probably be better off with the more focused and consistent Legendary Masters Series disc. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Jennie Lee Jan & Dean 2:1
  3. 2 Baby Talk Jan & Dean 2:29
  4. 3 Heart and Soul Jan & Dean 2:3
  5. 4 A Sunday Kind of Love Jan & Dean 2:13
  6. 5 Tennessee Jan & Dean 2:4
  7. 6 Your Heart Has Changed Its Mind Jan & Dean 2:31
  8. 7 My Favorite Dream Jan & Dean 2:14
  9. 8 Fiddle Around Jan & Dean 2:27
  10. 9 She's Still Talking Baby Talk Jan & Dean 2:14
  11. 10 Linda Jan & Dean 2:44
  12. 11 The Best Friend I Ever Had [Alternate Version] Jan & Dean 1:50
  13. 12 Surf City Jan & Dean 2:36
  14. 13 She's My Summer Girl Jan & Dean 2:59
  15. 14 Honolulu Lulu Jan & Dean 2:17
  16. 15 Someday (You'll Go Walking By) Jan & Dean 2:22
  17. 16 When Summer Comes (Get a Chance With You) Jan & Dean 2:43
  18. 17 Drag City Jan & Dean 2:33
  19. 18 Bucket "T" Jan & Dean 2:21
  20. 19 Popsicle (Popsicle Truck) Jan & Dean 2:37
  21. 20 Hot Stocker Jan & Dean 3:16
  22. 21 My Mighty G.T.O. [Single Version] Jan & Dean 2:54
  23. 22 Three Window Coupe Jan & Dean 2:58
  24. 23 (When Summer Comes) Gonna Hustle You Jan & Dean 2:32
  25. 24 Quasimoto [Alternate Take]["B' Gas Rickshaw" Alternate Version] Jan & Dean 2:18
  26. 25 Dead Man's Curve [Single Version] Jan & Dean 2:57
  27. 26 KFWB "Jan & Dean Day" Radio Spots Jan & Dean 0:14
  28. 27 Merry Christmas Promo Jan & Dean 0:21
  29. 1 The New Girl in School Jan & Dean 3:0
  30. 2 The Little Old Lady from Pasadena Jan & Dean 2:44
  31. 3 Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review & Timing ... Jan & Dean 2:41
  32. 4 Summer Means Fun Jan & Dean 2:21
  33. 5 Ride the Wild Surf Jan & Dean 2:15
  34. 6 Sidewalk Surfin' Jan & Dean 2:39
  35. 7 (Here They Come) From All over the World Jan & Dean 2:42
  36. 8 Freeway Flyer Jan & Dean 2:48
  37. 9 You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy Jan & Dean 3:18
  38. 10 I Found a Girl Jan & Dean 2:36
  39. 11 It's a Shame to Say Goodbye Jan & Dean 2:45
  40. 12 I Can't Wait to Love You Jan & Dean 2:38
  41. 13 A Beginning from an End Jan & Dean 3:31
  42. 14 Everyone's Gone to the Moon Jan & Dean 2:30
  43. 15 The Universal Coward Jan Berry 3:10
  44. 16 Batman Theme Jan & Dean 2:45
  45. 17 Summertime, Summertime [Alternate Version] Jan & Dean 2:35
  46. 18 Popsicle (Popsicle Truck) [Alternate Version] Jan & Dean 2:39
  47. 19 The Little Old Lady from Pasadena [Version #2] Jan & Dean 2:39
  48. 20 Music City (Here They Come) [From All over the World] Jan & Dean 3:1
  49. 21 You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy [Alternate Take] Jan & Dean 3:43
  50. 22 In the Studio With Jan and Dean Jan & Dean 2:42
  51. 23 Dead Man's Curve [Instrumental] Jan & Dean 3:2
  52. 24 Surf City [Instrumental] Jan & Dean 2:48
  53. 25 Drag City [Instrumental] Jan & Dean 2:30
  54. 26 Ride the Wild Surf [Instrumental] Jan & Dean 2:16
  55. 27 Dick Biondi's Radio Show Promos Jan & Dean 3:24
  56. 28 "Happy New Year" Promo Jan & Dean 0:9

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