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.
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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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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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