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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan's voice, post-accident
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:56:45 AM »
I don't know if anyone can answer this, but I was wondering about the changes in Jan's post-accident voice during the course of the 1970s. If you listen to his early 70s stuff--for example, Mother Earth and Tinsel Town--his voice, while clearly affected by the brain damage, still has many similarities to his pre-accident voice. In other words, it still sounds like Jan. He would also try--and sometimes hit--all these long, high notes, as if he were really pushing his range.

However, by the late 1970s, his voice had changed. He developed this nasally, deeper tone, and, to be honest, sounded much more "brain damaged" than he had in the early to mid-70s. For the most part, his live singing is not good from the late 70s on, and while he sounds much better in the studio, that deep, nasal tone remained until he died.

Was all this the result of an intentional change in the way he sung? Maybe it allowed him to sing more quickly? As a possibly related example, in the 1970s, he used to walk very slowly, dragging his right leg along. By the 1990s, however, he was able to walk much more quickly, but he had to contort his body in a much more noticeable way in order to do so.

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Carnival of Sound / If COS had come out in 1968
« on: March 27, 2010, 01:50:30 PM »
I have a question for Mark, or for anyone who can answer, or at least hazard a guess. If Carnival had come out in 1968, how was the album going to be promoted? Obviously, there weren't going to be any live shows or tours in support of it, and since Dean did not appear on the record, and Jan could barely speak, how was promotion going to be done for a "Jan and Dean" record that featured neither Jan nor Dean? While today we know that "Jan and Dean" often meant Jan and a bunch of different studio musicians, I assume that information was not common knowledge among the average fan in 1968. If COS had come out back in '68, with Jan's condition at the time, it would have been obvious that he had not sung on the record, and with Dean not appearing at all, I just wonder how this record was going to be marketed to the average fan?

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