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Rainy Days in a Carnival of Sound

The Lost Renaissance of Jan & Dean

By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record (McFarland, 2016)

The original run for Jan & Dean ended with a bang just before noon on April 12, 1966, sealing a legacy of eight years with 26 chart records, including seven Top 10 and sixteen Top 40 hits, plus various stabs at film and television. Two months later, arranger-producer Jan Berry was discharged from the hospital, and the musical Renaissance of Jan & Dean began almost immediately. So why did it take twelve years and a television movie to rekindle interest in Jan & Dean as a nostalgia act, purveying the Utopian lifestyle of Southern California? Why didn’t the masses get to hear the new music that would have helped Jan & Dean make the transition in 1966-68 — the all-important era when rock music began to be taken seriously; the transition that allowed bands like the Beach Boys to have their earlier catalogs re-evaluated after creating such albums as Pet Sounds and the mythical Smile? The answer for Jan & Dean is perplexing and more than a little disappointing.

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Carnival of Sound — Shindig Interview with Mark A. Moore

Carnival of Sound


Shindig Magazine’s Pat Curran talks with author Mark A. Moore About Working on Carnival of Sound

Shindig: It’s a beautiful package. Are you pleased with the result of what was obviously a labour of love?

Mark A. Moore: I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Producer Andrew Sandoval did a terrific job of helming this project, and Steve Stanley’s design and layout reflect the era beautifully. The whole team at Rhino Handmade and Warner Music Group did an outstanding job.

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Carnival of Sound – Officially Released After 40 Years

Carnival of Sound

Jan & Dean’s long lost psychedelic pop album Carnival of Sound is finally seeing the official light of day — in unprecedented sound quality from Rhino Handmade.

Gone are the days when listeners have to rely on bootlegs from poor quality acetates to experience this lost treasure. There is no such thing as a good bootleg of Carnival of Sound. Until now, almost no one has heard this music from the original master tapes, or in the quality presented on the new Rhino release.

Produced by Jan Berry between 1966 and 1968, Carnival of Sound features music the Jan & Dean leader had started recording before his crippling 1966 auto accident — tracks that Jan returned to the studio to finish after he was released from the hospital. A number of cuts on the album were also recorded entirely after the crash.

As with Jan’s pre-accident productions for Jan & Dean, Carnival of Sound was recorded in the Hollywood studio system. It features the famous Wrecking Crew of musicians and A-list studio singers, including Glen Campbell, Ron Hicklin, and Tom Bahler.

This is what Jan Berry was up to in the studio while Brian Wilson was working on Smile, Wild Honey, and Friends with the Beach Boys.

This era of Jan Berry’s recording career was completely ignored in the 1978 Jan & Dean film biography Deadman’s Curve, and was also noteably absent from Paul Morantz’s 1974 Rolling Stone article on which the movie was loosely based.

The liner notes — written by Mark Moore, Domenic Priore, and producer Andrew Sandoval — place the album in its proper historical context with an essay and a detailed chronology.

The album debuts in February. Join the Rhino Listening Party and order your copy today.

Release Formats:

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 gorgeous hardbound gatefold jacket and extensive liner notes.

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