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sweetdudejim

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"Summertime, Summertime", "Vegetables" and a few other things
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:25:28 PM »
Hey everybody. So I have a question (or three)...

First, how many versions of Dean's "Summertime, Summertime" are out there? I know there is the version by Our Gang which features Gary Zekley on lead vocals (right?). And then there is the "Jan & Dean" version which was released as a single later on. This version released as Jan & Dean was reissued on the Dean Torrence Anthology right? That's the version I have. I also noticed that as the b-side of the Legendary Masked Surfers "Gonna Hustle You" single, once more appears "Summertime, Summertime". Which version is this one? And also, did Bruce Johnston or Terry Melcher add any vocals or anything to it? And lastly, I've seen there is what is listed as an "alternate version" on the All the Hits compilation. Does anybody know what this "alternate version" is? I'd assume it's Dean's single version or at least an alternate of that, since using the "Our Gang" version wouldn't seem to make much sense.

Then about "Vegetables". There was a discussion about it over on the Smiley Smile board, and I never got an exact answer. Anyways, does anybody know if the original 1967 version is available on CD? And also, is there anywhere to hear it online, as I've never heard it. I have "Vegetables" on  Dean's Anthology and the Jan & Dean Anthology Album. However, the version on the the Jan & Dean release is surely the 1971 version with vocal overdubs from Brian Wilson and Spring. And from listening to the version on Dean's solo compilation, it surely sounds like that is the same version, meaning I don't have a copy of the original 1967 version as issued by Laughing Gravy. So, if anybody would mind, could you explain the differences between the '67 version and the '71 version? And if it's possible, could anybody let me know if there is anywhere where I could get '67 Laughing Gravy version on CD? Thanks.

Lastly, does anybody know if the Legendary Masked Surfers version of "Summer Means Fun" is available on CD or other digital means? Same with Dean's re-recording/remix of "Sidewalk Surfin'" which released in '76 as Jan & Dean. Is that available anywhere?
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Re: "Summertime, Summertime", "Vegetables" and a few other things
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 09:45:38 AM »
Sorry, haven't heard all of those versions.

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Re: "Summertime, Summertime", "Vegetables" and a few other things
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 05:38:35 PM »

The falsetto lead on the "All the Hits" version is Gary Zekley.

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Re: "Summertime, Summertime", "Vegetables" and a few other things
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 08:44:05 PM »
Have you tried YouTube? I found the LMS sides there...plus Vegetables from something called Dean Torrence music Phase I...although it sounds like it has overdubs...no luck on the '76 Sidewalk Surfin' though

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Re: "Summertime, Summertime", "Vegetables" and a few other things
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2014, 07:16:30 AM »
Vegetables
I tried working this one out a couple of years ago. I couldn't hear a difference between the two. Had another listen a couple of days ago still the same.
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Re: "Summertime, Summertime", "Vegetables" and a few other things
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2014, 08:46:39 AM »
Summertime Summertime
Three releases,
1. Our Gang - July 65 - BreBird
B/W Theme Leon's Garage
Gary Zekley lead falsetto Dean backing vocals.
You can pick this one out, line missing "No time to work its time to play".

2. Jan and Dean - August 66 - Magic Lamp 401
B/W California Lullaby (A Side).
Gary Zekley lead falsetto Dean backing Vocals.
Corrected vocals includes line "no time to work its time to play.
A Dean lead falsetto exits but remains unreleased. I think this singles got the same backing track as the Our Gang version. I think they both Dean and Gary gave the vocals a second go and the Zekley falsetto was used. The version on All The Hits is from these rerecorded  sessions  from 66 with a Zekley falsetto.

3. Legendary Masked Surfers - April 73 - UA 50958
B/W Gonna Hustle You
Dean lead falsetto.
Correct lyrics with a lot of echo on the track. LMS used original backing tracks from 60s versions for a majority of their records I think that's the case with this one.
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I've listened to the version of Summertime Summertime on Deans on the Dean Torrence Anthology.Track two listed as the Magic Lamp 66 release. After listening to it several times I think it may be the 73 LMS version, but I may be wrong.
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Back in 65 Dean and Gary put together an Our Gang group and appeared on local television where they lip synced to Summertime Summertime.
Good idea from Dean to record this one, a favourite of mine together with Vegetables.
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Until next time feel free to correct me.