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The Little Old Lady From Pasadena


Track Listing: The Little Old Lady From Pasadena, Memphis, , When It's Over, Horace, The Swingin' School-Bus Driver, Sidewalk Surfin', The Anaheim Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review And Timing Association, Summer Mean's Fun, It's As Easy As 1,2,3, Move Out Little Mustang, Skateboardin' (Part 2), One-Piece Topless Bathing Suit

Jan Berry's production skills were in full blow by the time this album was released. Jan & Dean had numerous chart positions under their belts and the singles were getting more and more complex. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena was an album with great music on it, and once again you can hear The Fantastic Baggies were used a hell of alot throughout production.


This album, as nearly all Jan & Dean albums starts off with the song with the same title as the album. One listen to this and it is hard to believe that Jan Berry was not regarded as the leader-of-the-pack in the same way as Brian Wilson was. This is one of Jan & Dean's finest song, and another chart hit for them. The song is followed by a re-working of the duo's early cover-version of Memphis, this time this version is absolutely stunning, and you can picture both Jan and Dean having fun with their friends whilst singing it.


The album once again contains the recent hit Sidewalk Surfin', but I guess no-one cares as it is such an amazing song, what's fantastic is that it is followed on the album by the non-sensicaly lyriced The Anaheim Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle Book Review And Timing Association, a true classic in every way and one which could have been a major hit in it's own right!


You'll hear alot of The Baggies on the last track mentioned, as do yo on the great Summer Mean's Fun, which is sadly followed by a few tracks that let the album down. It's As Easy As 1,2,3 was already released on the previous album, Move Out Little Mustang is an enjoyable yet limp affair and once again there;s major album filler with Skateboardin' (Part 2). Lucky enough for Jan & Dean fans, the album is ended with a corker of a song called One-Piece Topless Bathing Suit, which is a great high point to end the album on.

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The Singles...

The Little Old Lady From Pasadena / My Mighty G.T.O (#3 - 1964 - 11 Wks In Charts - Produced By Jan Berry)

One of the most impressive songs ever released by Jan & Dean, "Little Old Lady" was a magical story about a hod-rodding old lady from Pasadena who drove her super-stock Dodge. If this song had been the only song Jan & Dean released, then it would have still given them a place in chart history as one of the finest duo's ever.

Summer Means Fun (Album Track - 1964 - Produced By Jan Berry)

One of Phil Sloan's and Steve Barri's (The Fantastic Baggies) greatest songs as sung by Jan & Dean. The song is basically the exact same song as The Baggies versions, but with Jan singing the lead vocal. A great song by either duo and one that should be on all your summer compilation albums!

The Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review And Timing Association ("B" Side of "Ride The Wild Surf) - 1964 - Produced By Jan Berry)

Ok, so it's an impressive and long title... The song can not surely compare to a title of that magnitude? Can it? Oh yes it can! This track has one of the greatest backing tracks you will ever hear, it is almost Bach like in classical quality. The lyrics are fun, and the song just ooze's pure class!

Release: Liberty 3377/7377 - Year: 1964 - Produced By Jan Berry




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