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on: January 05, 2018, 04:26:26 am 1 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Newly designed website

The new design looks great. Here's looking forward to Mark's new book and - dare I hope for a box set? Been hoping for a long time now. Perhaps a digital version rather than CDs  - if that would make it more viable.

Happy new year to everyone.

on: December 22, 2017, 01:18:59 am 2 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

To Jan and Dean fans across the world - Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from the UK.

A special thanks to Mark for his remarkable book and more to look forward to in 2019 - the new Jan Berry biography and a release of Second Wave.

I wonder if there is anything else still to come?

on: August 15, 2017, 07:11:42 am 3 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Dean Torrence Interview Talk Radio UK

Hi All

An interesting interview with Dean on UK's Talk Radio. Ian Lee has been a long time fan. I didn't know that Jan had done the string arrangement for Lullaby in the Rain from Save for a Rainy Day. Dean said that track was originally set for their film - presumably Easy Come Easy Go.
Dean continued to claim that he contributed as a writer to some songs  - unnamed - but that he has no regrets at not getting royalties. A little bit about Barbara Ann and his album covers and quite a bit on Batman. Not sure if the link will work internationally.

on: May 11, 2017, 11:50:22 am 4 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / waimea bay backing track

Hi Mark

One of the features that I most enjoyed from your video for the book was the backing track for Waimea Bay.

I know you are the busiest man in the world - now working on the new biography of Jan but you did hint that you might be wiling to share this track in the same way that you did for the backing of Honolulu Lulu.

It has to be one of Jan's great arrangements and productions. I would love to hear the complete track if that is ever possible.

on: December 25, 2016, 03:10:55 am 5 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to Jan and Dean fans over the world and especially to Mark for this fantastic website and a brilliant book that finally does justice to the talents of Jan Berry. I enjoyed Dean's book too - very different - just like Jan and Dean.

Happy Christmas from the UK!

on: October 31, 2016, 01:02:59 pm 6 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / New compilations - anyone know anything?

Hi All

Just picked up two new Jan and Dean compilations. Very odd track selections. Belle Wood Label: 'Hidden Insights' and 'In Icy Climes' - when I googled them the description is in Russian. Quite bizarre. Has anyone heard anything about these. Are they real? Are they a scam? Tracks are listed but no cover art or anything.

on: December 24, 2015, 08:09:35 am 7 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas one and all.
Peace and happiness to everyone. Thanks Mark for all you do.
The Jan and Dean Record is my new year resolution. Can't wait.

on: December 17, 2015, 11:04:12 am 8 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / What's Exactly the Matter with Me?: Memoirs of a Life in Music

Hi All

Somewhat belatedly I have come across this book by Phil Sloan. Has anyone read it? Using Amazon's 'look inside' there was no index and the little I was able to read reflected a troubled man. I wondered if there were chapters on Jan and Dean and if it's worth buying.

on: November 26, 2015, 01:25:39 pm 9 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Beach Boys Party Uncovered and unplugged

Two disc album released featuring outtakes. Only listened to bits and pieces on ITunes but three outtakes of Barbara Ann - one with some Dean dialogue
Don't know if anyone has listened to it all and found anything worth sharing.

on: September 30, 2015, 05:46:46 am 10 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Waimea Bay

This is one of my all time favourite album tracks and one that made me being to sense the complexity of Jan's arrangements.

Mark you kindly let us hear the Honolulu Lulu backing track (it was brilliant) and I wondered if you could do the same with the backing track for this song?
I've really enjoyed listening to the extract on the Jan and Dean Record You Tube promo. Just wondered if there was more of it!


on: July 31, 2015, 11:31:59 am 11 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Hey Little Freshman

Hi All
One of my favourite tracks from Dead Man's Curve is Hey Little Freshman. It is quite different from most other Jan and Dean tracks and has fantastic harmonies in the unusually long fade out. As so often, the lyrics belie the complexity of the arrangement and production. It was always a shame - to me at least - that Jan didn't take this approach into the next albums as I contend it is on a par with Brian Wilson's work at the time; if not somewhat in advance. I'm hoping Mark may say something about this track in the new book. For me a classic.

on: June 14, 2015, 09:03:46 am 12 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Jan's voice

Hi Everyone
Listening to Jan and Dean again and one aspect that I don't think has achieved sufficient recognition in terms of the 'Jan and Dean sound' is Jan's voice. I've seen stuff about the limitations of their voices. I've read how Jan filled the vocal sounds with over dubs and duelling but I can't remember anything particularly about how Jan's lead vocals defined their sound. This is perhaps most evident when you hear their songs sung by someone else. There is a richness to Jan's vocals - as lead and as background bass (think of New Girl in School) which is as much about their sound as the vocal harmonies and driving beat. I am not a music scholar so can't define this in technical terms but I do know that - for me - Jan's vocals are a key part of why I like the music.

Over to the experts....

on: May 12, 2015, 12:03:30 am 13 Jan & Dean / The Jan & Dean Record (book) / New Book

Hi Mark

I just wondered if you had an update on publication?

(Or any more details.)

(Or a sneak hint of what we might expect...)

on: December 31, 2014, 08:02:48 am 14 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all Jan and Dean fans across the world.

on: December 24, 2014, 02:16:15 pm 15 Jan & Dean / Don't You Just Know It / Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas everyone where ever you are from the UK. Keep on surfin'

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