As Easy As 1-2-3

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Albums really were shorter back in the mid-'60s, which means that this Australian compilation is not just a two-fer but a three-fer -- three whole Jan & Dean albums on one 75-minute disc. There was a little overlap among the three original LPs contained here, Drag City 1963, The Little Old Lady from Pasadena 1964, and Popsicle 1966, though most of it actually recycled tracks previously issued on 1964 LPs. Sensibly, Raven has only placed each of the overlapping songs on here once, so nothing repeats itself. It's not as clear what the sense was in packaging these three albums together to begin with, particularly as they weren't even released consecutively by Jan ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Albums really were shorter back in the mid-'60s, which means that this Australian compilation is not just a two-fer but a three-fer -- three whole Jan & Dean albums on one 75-minute disc. There was a little overlap among the three original LPs contained here, Drag City 1963, The Little Old Lady from Pasadena 1964, and Popsicle 1966, though most of it actually recycled tracks previously issued on 1964 LPs. Sensibly, Raven has only placed each of the overlapping songs on here once, so nothing repeats itself. It's not as clear what the sense was in packaging these three albums together to begin with, particularly as they weren't even released consecutively by Jan & Dean themselves when they first came out. Anyone but the major Jan & Dean fan will prefer one of their greatest-hits collections, as these albums were quite patchy, grouping a few hit singles "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena," "Drag City," "Popsicle" with smaller hit singles the immortally titled "The Anaheim Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review and Timing Association," "Tennessee," "Sidewalk Surfin'" and a whole lotta filler. In the case of Drag City, the filler was all hot rod-related, as was much of The Little Old Lady from Pasadena, though that LP branched out into other young southern Californian pursuits and one Chuck Berry cover "Memphis". There are some fairly good little-known surf vocal cuts here, like "Summer Means Fun," "Surf Route 101," "Surfin' Wild," and "It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3." But there's only so much you can do with songs titled "Horace, the Swingin' School Bus Driver," "Surfin' Hearse," and "Skateboarding, Pt. 2." There are a few obscure Brian Wilson co-writing credits here, which might make this appeal to both Beach Boys completists and Jan & Dean completists. Others will find much of this uneventful sailing, even if "Schlock Rod, Pt. 1" and "Schlock Rod, Pt. 2" do sound like vague precursors to the humor of the early Mothers of Invention. And if you are one of those completists, you need this even if you have the original albums, since it has a one-minute Coke jingle as a bonus track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657007822
  • Catalog Number: 78
  • Sales rank: 115,176

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jan & Dean Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar, Background Vocals
Leon Russell Keyboards
Brian Wilson Background Vocals
Lou Blackburn Trombone
Lyle Ritz Bass
Mike Love Background Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums, Leader
Steve Barri Background Vocals
Roy Caton Trumpet
Jill Gibson Background Vocals
Bill Hinshaw French Horn
Larry Knechtel Bass, Keyboards
Lew McCreary Trombone
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Bill Pitman Guitar
Manuel Sanchez Background Vocals
Phil Sloan Guitar, Background Vocals
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Tony Terran Trumpet
Gary Usher Background Vocals
Gary Zekley Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Carl Perkins Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Lou Adler Producer
Jan Berry Composer, Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Don Altfeld Composer
Artie Kornfeld Composer
Stephen J. McParland Liner Notes
Roger Christian Composer
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