And so to the final album review. Some would say that this is not really a Jan & Dean album, though the credits in the cover ackownledge Jan Berry as co-producer and singer on the album. What you get is Dean and his old friend Mike Love singing new versions of Jan & Dean's and The Beach Boys biggest hits, along with some other tracks for added for fun.
This album is an album that J&D fans either love or loath! However, looking deeper than just the fact that this is not 100% a Jan & Dean album in the sense that both Jan & Dean are not on it, it has some really exciting songs on it that every Jan & Dean fan should have in their collection. To start with, the covers of the Jan & Dean songs themselves are pretty impressive, and songs such as Popsicle and The New Girl In School are indeed of a very high standard.
The stand out tracks however are the ones which Jan is not involved in. Dean's cover of his Summer Rain is totally mind-blowing, even compared to the original version. Indian Lake and Sunny Afternoon are pieces of pure-pop magic, and the new version of California Girls gives The Beach Boys a run for their money.
Don't be fooled, this album has alot to offer. Ignore the purists out there and listen to some damn fine tunes that are sung with passion and remember the good times, the way Dean is doing on this album!