After the power-punch of Drag City, Liberty wanted more product, and they wanted it NOW! Jan had just finished re-working the rather laid back effort of Dead Man's Curve on the Drag City album. The double sided single Dead Man's Curve/The New Girl In School was released and of course an album of that title just had to be made!
This is another great Jan & Dean album. What better way to start off 1964 than with an album that featured two top 30 hits plus a great selection of new songs and an oldie but a goodie to fill up the space! Yes, this is the second album to have the track Linda , and it has in no way been remixed, but that aside this album had some great tracks, including an unprecidented two instrumentals!
Three Window Coupe was sadly not a hit for Jan & Dean, but for The Rip-Chords. Bucket "T" was sadly not a hit for Jan & Dean but for Ronny & The Daytonas (and later on The Who) and Mighty G.T.O was not a hit at all, although released as a single in re-mixed form. All these mentioned songs however were great, and once again Jan's production on the whole of this album was top-notch.
The two instrumentals, "B" Gas Rickshaw and Baron's, West L.A. could be classed as nothing but filler, yet they are enjoyable instrumentals of an era where surf/drag instrumentals were all the rage. The remaining songs on the album were a little hit and miss. School Days was a cover of Chuck Berry's song and seemed a little out of place on this album, although it kept in with the school theme of the second side. It's As Easy As 1,2,3 is a beautiful ballad with Jan sharing the lead with his girlfriend Jill Gibson. Rockin' Little Roadster was another disappointing yet perfectly acceptable song included.
Fan's of Jan & Dean did not have to wait long before the next great Jan Berry produced J&D production was upon them...