Carnival of Sound

JAN BERRY’S RETURN TO THE STUDIO IN 1967

In 1967-68, following a decade of major chart success with Jan & Dean, Jan Berry returned to the studio after a life-threatening automobile accident in 1966.

The result was a Sunshine Pop / Psychedelic opus — a big-studio Wrecking Crew album that officially remained shelved for more than 40 years . . . until 2010.

CARNIVAL OF SOUND . . . Presented by Rhino Handmade.

CD Edition — 29 tracks featuring mono, stereo, and alternate takes. Plus a 32-page booklet with extensive liner notes.

Deluxe Edition — CD plus a 10-track vinyl LP (mono) with a hardbound gatefold jacket and extensive liner notes.

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REVIEWS & COMMENTARY

“After a nearly fatal car crash on Los Angeles’ Dead Man’s Curve (earlier immortalized by a Jan & Dean hit), Jan Berry composed and arranged a batch of songs that incorporated the psychedelic strains of the day. Recorded by the legendary Wrecking Crew and session vocalists such as Glen Campbell, Berry’s pocket Smile sadly never saw release. But on tracks like “Fan Tan” — with its bizarre, deceptive key changes — Berry’s unique, if damaged, talents emerge.”
Spin Magazine (June 2010)

“An essential archival release — if not as well-known as Brian Wilson’s Smile, Carnival of Sound is just as tantalizing a ‘lost’ artifact of the psychedelic ’60s, buried these 40-plus years . . . beautifully accomplished, with superb playing and excellent singing; and the production is, at times, stunning, and also far more self-consciously ambitious than prior Jan & Dean releases — Jan & Dean had always managed to quietly impress listeners by slipping these beautifully produced jewels past them as pop music, but on Carnival of Sound, they were very obviously calling more attention to the layers of sound swirling and shifting below the surface . . . And there are liner notes that put to shame almost any archival pop/rock release seen to date, in both their detail and underlying sense of wonder about the music.”
All Music Guide

“Rhino Handmade has released this much pondered, ambitious and ill-fated 1967 Jan & Dean project. Actually, Dean doesn’t sing [much] on the album. It’s a Jan Berry dream project. One song features his guide vocals. Other than that, we’re hearing studio artists and pals, as Jan oversees in the booth. Though he was battling the horrible physical effects of his ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ car crash, Jan’s wizardry as a songwriter and producer remains intact. The stereo versions are especially expansive and captivating. Some bits were written or recorded pre-accident, but the bulk of the creation took place while Jan was struggling to get his injured brain functioning more fluidly. It’s amazing how much of his musical genius still shines through. Thank heaven, the project has been pieced together in this new form. Carnival of Sound has naturally been compared to the long lost Smile album from another surf music genius, Brian Wilson. Carnival plays as more of a grand experiment than a fully realized masterpiece. But it’s fascinating throughout. Dean Torrence’s gorgeously ’60s-style album cover adds to the appeal. Fans will also appreciate the 16-page booklet. Cheers to Rhino for rescuing this important psych pop work from the dusty shelves. It’s available as a single CD or packaged with a vinyl album, in a hardbound gatefold jacket.”
Pop Culture Classics

“Lost treasure triumphantly unearthed . . . there’s a formidable sophistication to the grandiose [‘Girl, You’re Blowin’ My Mind’] and the epic LA poetry of ‘Mulholland.’ Though it remained unreleased after its completion in 1969 . . . Rhino Handmade have truly gone to town on its first official unveiling.”
Record Collector Magazine

“Jan Berry’s Carnival Of Sound — a collection of music he finished in 1968 (after his near-fatal automobile accident on April 12, 1966) — is astonishing . . . Strong production, great mixes, and, in some cases, the J&D-style banter we’re accustomed to hearing . . . This album will close a previously mythic chapter and invigorate Jan Berry’s musical legacy. If you’re not a Jan & Dean fan, don’t be fooled. This is psychedelic pop at its best. To top it all off, Dean Torrence designed the front and back covers.”
Gold Mine Magazine and Endless Summer Quarterly

“Jan was, by most accounts, the sonic auteur of the duo, and he struggled through the physical and mental devastation brought about by the accident to finish these tracks, which were largely unreleased. Shame, especially since the post-accident songs are pretty striking psychedelic harmony pop, with the Wrecking Crew produced into a thick slab of sound set off by sitars, soprano snake-charmer saxes, and clever compositions with intricate melodies and some surprising modulations . . . the potential for greatness had Jan been able to continue is too formidable not to take note of. Great package, with fantastic notes and photos, not to mention the track selection, which consists of mono mixes of the tracks, new stereo mixes (designed to illuminate the complexity of the productions), some demos, and backing tracks.”
Casa Nueva

“Jan refused to give up on the LP, returning to the studio months after the crash with a batch of songs that would reflect a deeper, more experimental nature reflecting the teen idol’s post-accident mindset. Though still undeniably catchy and pure in its pop form, the music captured at these sessions, which incorporated such elements as sitar accents, backwards guitar playing, found sound effects and Wall of Sound style orchestration, reflected the psychedelic vibes of the burgeoning Sunset Strip scene . . . You can really hear Jan Berry’s absolute mastery as a producer on par with the likes of Phil Spector and David Axelrod – along with his capable utilization of such legendary Hollywood studio spaces as Gold Star Studios and Western Recorders and the world famous elite session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.”
Jam Base — Vintage Stash Pick of the Week (March 19-25, 2010)

“For packaging nerds like me, the vinyl edition is particularly awesome. It features what would have comprised the original release and sounds terrific; it sounds like an album from the 1960s, but is clean and sonically crisp. Packed up in an oversized hardcover gatefold, it reminds me of Warner Bros. “Loss Leaders” collections from the early Seventies. The design work provided by Torrence is suitably trippy, the exhaustive liner notes are welcomed and, yes, the package includes the CD too.”
Popdose

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CREDITS

Producer — Jan Berry, for Warner Bros. Records, 1966-1968

Arrangers — Jan Berry, Bill Stafford, and George Tipton

Recorded at Columbia Square, Wally Heider, United Recording, Western Recorders, and Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, California

Compilation Producer — Andrew Sandoval, for Rhino Entertainment

Remastering — Dan Hersch and Andrew Sandoval at DigiPrep

Liner Notes — Mark A. Moore, Domenic Priore, and Andrew Sandoval

Track Annotations — Mark A. Moore and Andrew Sandoval

Album Cover Design (front and back) — Dean O. Torrence, Kittyhawk Graphics

Art Direction and Interior Design — Steve Stanley

Art Supervision — Amanda J. Smith

Editorial — Sheryl Farber and Eileen Lucero

RHM1 521997 — “Tijuana” Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC under license from EMI Music Marketing. All other selections courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. This Compilation (P) & © 2010 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

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TRACK LIST

1. Girl, Your Blowing My Mind
(Jan Berry – Steve Gaines – Paul Freese)

2. Mulholland
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian)

3. Fan Tan
(Jan Berry – Jill Gibson – Don Altfeld)

4. Carnival of Sound
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian – David Weiss)

5. Laurel and Hardy
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian)

6. I Know My Mind
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian)

7. Love and Hate
(Jan Berry – Jill Gibson – Jan Hirsch)

8. Tijuana *
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian – Don Altfeld)

9. Hawaii
(Jan Berry – Jill Gibson)

10. Louisiana Man
(Doug Kershaw)

11. Stay
(Maurice Williams)

12. Only A Boy
(Jan Berry – Don Altfeld – Fred Wieder)

13. In the Still of the Night
(Fred Parris)

14. Yakety Yak *
(Jerry Leiber – Mike Stoller)

* Note: “Tijuana” and “Yakey Yak” were not included on either the 10-track or 12-track acetate versions of the album submitted by Jan Berry to Warner Bros. They are essentially bonus tracks on this release.

BONUS TRACKS

15. Don’t Drop It — (Backing Track) **
(Terry Fell)

16. Girl, Your Blowing My Mind — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Steve Gaines – Paul Freese)

17. Mulholland — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian)

18. Fan Tan — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Jill Gibson – Don Altfeld)

19. Carnival of Sound — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian – David Weiss)

20. I Know My Mind — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian)

21. Love and Hate — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Jill Gibson – Jan Hirsch)

22. Tijuana — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Don Altfeld – Roger Christian)

23. Hawaii — (Stereo Mix)
(Jan Berry – Jill Gibson)

24. Louisiana Man — (Stereo Mix)
(Doug Kershaw)

25. Stay — (Stereo Mix)
(Maurice Williams)

26. In the Still of the Night — (Stereo Mix)
(Fred Parris)

27. Girl, Your Blowing My Mind — (Jan’s Final Mix)
(Jan Berry – Steve Gaines – Paul Freese)

28. Laurel and Hardy — (Jan’s Demo)
(Jan Berry – Roger Christian)

29. Girl, Your Blowing My Mind — (Alternate Backing Track)
(Jan Berry – Steve Gaines – Paul Freese)

** Note: The backing track for “Don’t Drop It” was recorded on January 21, 1966.

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