On March 18, 2009, producer Gene Sculatti spun a couple of cuts from Encomium on his radio show, Atomic Cocktail (Vic Tripp).
The songs were “Ace of Hearts” and “Fan Tan.”
But let’s step back and remember that Gene was writing about Jan Berry and Jan & Dean in the early ’70s. During the “Surf Revival” period, Gene co-wrote an important piece for Phonograph Record Magazine:“A California Saga: The Revival of Coastal Consciousness,” by Gene Sculatti, Ken Barnes, and Greg Shaw. (Vol. 3, No. 10, May 1973). This article features some astute observations about Jan & Dean — a mere seven years after Jan’s 1966 auto accident.
We should also note that Phonograph Record was edited by Martin R. Cerf.
When Creem Magazine’s Dave Marsh wrote the famous liner notes for Jan & Dean’s Anthology album in 1971, it was Cerf who wrote a post script about Marsh himself in that same package.
Stay tuned for some cool radio news regarding Dave Marsh and Jan & Dean . . .
In the meantime, here are a few quotes from Gene Sculatti’s March 18 show on Luxuriamusic.com:
“Live from the world famous Action House out on the Strip. We invite you once again to stir it up with the most combustible show on the radio. Atomic Cocktail, with your resident mixologist, yours truly. Vic Tripp here, to blow your mind, clean up your face, and tear your playhouse down . . .
“All right. Time now for something special. Mark Moore and Cameron Michael Parkes have just issued Encomium. This is the very first. It’s Volume One of a Jan Berry tribute album. And it’s a real beauty, and I mean it. Performing on it you
have P. F. Sloan, among others . . .
Jill Gibson, David Marks, Don Grady, is on here. Probyn Gregory from Bri-Fi’s [Brian Wilson's] band. A lot of other people who have contributed to this thing. This absoslutely killer song was an outside project of Jan’s. This was written by Jan Berry with Gary Zekley and Vic Diaz. From Encomium, “Ace of Hearts.” Listen! . . .
“All right. Our final set starts with another track from the Jan Berry tribute album, which we spun a little earlier . . .
This is a little bit later than the last one we played. This is a 1967 Jan song, redone here by the great Don Grady of Yellow Balloon and My Three Sons fame singing the lead on it. Let’s dig “Fan Tan” . . .”
(Originally Posted March 20, 2009)