Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Dean & some other guys.
Derek Blaustein | Parsippany, NJ United States | 11/09/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The "Jan & Dean" recordings on this CD are NOT the original hit recordings as you would hear them on the radio. They are poor re-recorded versions. Furthermore, I honestly don't think that Jan Berry is singing on any of these recordings. I know that Jan does still make recordings (despite his paralysis and brain damage), but I don't hear his voice anywhere on these recordings. If anything, he's singing WAY in the backround. It does sound like Dean is singing on these songs, along with some other singers. But it's not the same without Jan. Jan's the lead guy. Even in Jan & Dean's prime, Dean was usually just a backround singer who hit the falsetto notes. Sometimes he didn't sing on the hits at all, as with "Surf City" (Brian Wilson and 2 other guys sang backup)."
The Turtles and Faux Jan & Dean - Back 2 Back
C. J. Leach | Midwest, United States | 02/06/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is marketed as a back to back alternating mix of the greatest hits of 2 separate 60's headline rock groups - The Turtles and Jan & Dean. A strange nostalgia album, huh? I have to admit, I enjoy listening to it, but . . .
But what you get is a series of 10 songs which alternate consecutively between the sublime original 60's cuts of The Turtles (using the best studio techniques available at the time), and then some band calling themselves Jan & Dean that sound like a Ramada Inn cocktail lounge duo with a Conn organ and a set of bongos. I have to agree with the other reviewer . . . I think we're getting Dean and some guy with a bag over his head that says his name is Jan (in his muted voice).
But still, it's fun listening to "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" done even by this garage band. And The Turtles rendition of Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" is alone worth the bargain bin low price of this CD."