Sunday, August 27, 2017

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Digs Into The Vault For Jan & Dean's "Rejected Master Recordings"

The singing duo of Jan & Dean had a string of hit singles in the sixties with "Surf City," "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" and "Dean Man's Curve." They were easily mistaken for The Beach Boys as their sound and harmonies mirrored them, along with their "California Sound." Their last studio album was released over 30 years ago, before the death of Jan Berry in 2004, which ended any future reunion plans.

In 1966, Jan & Dean released an album of comedy and music titled "Filet Of Soul: A Live One." The masters of these recordings have been left on the shelf for over 50 years, as the executives in charge at the time were not thrilled about this recording from this musical duo. Now, we get to see the insight into this duo's comedic side as they began to look to become more than just a singing act.

This new 10-track release plays out like a talented comedy hour as Jan & Dean play off each other's whims as they make fun of their own music. They also showcase their singing talents, covering The Beatles' "My Michelle" and "Norwegian Wood." They also perform classics like "1-2-3" and "Hang On Sloopy" to showcase their diversity to cover these former hit songs.

Jan & Dean's idea seemed ahead of its time as they incorporate sound samples and play around with tape speeds on this freeform live displays of their brand of comedy. The new release also features liner notes from surviving member Dean Torrence and surf music historian David Beard. To find out more about "Filet Of Soul Redux: The Rejected Master Recordings," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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