Surf City/Folk 'n Roll

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Two somewhat uneven Jan & Dean transitional albums are paired together on this CD. The duo had just moved into surf music in a serious way at the time they cut the Surf City album in 1963, and the title track and "Honolulu Lulu" represent the new sound, surrounded by some rather more standard albeit well-played rock 'n' roll covers and strange attempts at turning pop into rock 'n' roll. Folk 'n Roll isn't too different, cut at the outset of the folk-rock boom, with a handful of covers of then-current genre interspersed with some forced humor and seriousness. Jan & Dean basically ran into the same problem around 1965-66 that their East Coast harmony vocal rivals the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Two somewhat uneven Jan & Dean transitional albums are paired together on this CD. The duo had just moved into surf music in a serious way at the time they cut the Surf City album in 1963, and the title track and "Honolulu Lulu" represent the new sound, surrounded by some rather more standard albeit well-played rock 'n' roll covers and strange attempts at turning pop into rock 'n' roll. Folk 'n Roll isn't too different, cut at the outset of the folk-rock boom, with a handful of covers of then-current genre interspersed with some forced humor and seriousness. Jan & Dean basically ran into the same problem around 1965-66 that their East Coast harmony vocal rivals the Four Seasons did, in that life suddenly started turning more serious for their teenage audience. Nothing could pull the plug faster on Jan & Dean's music than seriousness "Dead Man's Curve" aside, which didn't seem really serious until Berry's accident, and while no one will ever accuse "Folk City" of being overly serious or remotely as inspired as "Surf City", "The Universal Coward" showed the limits to which they could stretch their humor, especially right in the middle of the Vietnam War. The parts that work do outnumber those that don't, however, especially on the Surf City portion, the sound is very good, and even the failed tracks show some wrinkles to the duo's sound that are often forgotten today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • UPC: 724381868522
  • Catalog Number: 18685

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jan & Dean Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar
Leon Russell Piano
Tom Scott Horn
Billy Strange Guitar
Hal Blaine Conductor, Drums
Dayton Howe Hand Clapping
Jay Migliori Horn
Earl Palmer Drums
Bill Pitman Guitar
Ray Pohlman Bass
Sid Sharp Strings
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Jimmy Bond Bass
Don Wood Hand Clapping
Steve Douglas Horn
Don Altfield Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Mel Tillis Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
P.F. Sloan Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
John Benson Brooks Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
The Bones Engineer
Lou Adler Composer
Steve Barri Composer
Jan Berry Arranger, Composer, Producer
Henry Creamer Composer
Wes Farrell Composer
Jill Gibson Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
George Tipton Arranger, Composer
Dave Wiechman Engineer
Bill Ballance Liner Notes
Woody Woodward Cover Design
Bert Russell Composer
Danny Dill Composer
Keola Beamer Composer
Traditional Composer
Lanky Engineer
Roger Christian Composer
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