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JAN & DEAN => DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT => Topic started by: jdman on January 17, 2010, 09:21:18 AM

Title: favorite Dean vocal
Post by: jdman on January 17, 2010, 09:21:18 AM
I think some of my comments about Dean on earlier threads may have been misinterpreted. I know that without Dean, there was no Jan & Dean. His humor was a major contibution to the act, but also his vocal.I'd like to submit my favorite songs with some Dean vocal leads. Baby Talk, There's a Girl, Linda, The Restless Surfer, Summer Means Fun, Yesterday, Yellow Balloon, and Like a Summer Rain.
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Post by: 1Jay1 on January 17, 2010, 10:20:29 AM
I love Like a summer rain and yellow ballon, two of my fav jan and dean records,
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Post by: owen on January 17, 2010, 10:45:33 AM
My favourite is the Legendary Masked Surfers' version of Gonna Hustle You - especially the fade-out....
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Post by: Mark A. Moore on January 17, 2010, 04:20:04 PM
"Yesterday"
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Post by: surferbee on January 18, 2010, 11:53:15 AM
Yes - Yesterday - a Jan and Dean track that lots of non-Jan and Dean fans love. A classy vocal and a great production.
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Post by: owen on January 18, 2010, 11:00:40 PM
If I am allowed a second bite of the cherry I will also nominate the version of Like A Summer Rain from the Silver Summer album. Its one remake that IMHO surpasses the original!

Cheers
Owen
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Post by: MichaelB on January 19, 2010, 03:45:21 PM
I've always loved Pocketful Of Rainbows.  Such a sweet little song surprisingly from the movie G. I. Blues.
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Post by: Doc Smiley on January 19, 2010, 04:13:42 PM
Owen, If you have never heard the stereo version of the song, you owe it to yourself to do so...

The Silver summer version is indeed excellent, but the original stereo version ( less intrusive sound effects) is real good too!
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Post by: owen on January 19, 2010, 10:39:26 PM
Actually, years ago, I used to own that strange 2 LP collection that had it on. It was the first time I had ever heard it. Memory being what it is I can no longer remember how it compares to the mono version, but I do remember liking it at the time (and wondering what is was and where it came from).
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Post by: 2dean2 on January 20, 2010, 11:04:03 AM
I've alway's thought Dean was a better all around singer than Jan. More of a range. And although he did'nt always provide the falsetto on all the J&D stuff he did enough to say he can sing it. I really think Dean is a great artist. I would love to buy an original work from him . Would'nt even have to be J&D or Calif related . Although most draw or paint what they know so I'm thinking his stuff would be somehow Ca related even the asian piece on his site may have something to do with the amount of asian culture in Ca.
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Post by: jdman on January 20, 2010, 11:08:21 AM
I have to disagree. I don't think Dean had a better voice than Jan.It was different. When they were live, I thought Jan was better.On TAMI, Jan saves it for them. Neither one were awesome vocalist, which is why I think Jan's production was so important. he made those records sound great even with average singers.
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Post by: Doc Smiley on January 20, 2010, 03:35:12 PM
Owen, that collection was called "Summer means Fun" and was released in '82 on cbs records.
It was mostly  Bruce Johnston or Bruce and Terry based tunes with three exceptions, Dean's  "Like a Summer Rain " stereo mix,
Johnny River's take on "Help Me Ronda" (spelled that way!)  and Flash Cadillac's version of "Pipeline".

decent and somewhat obscure collection... high lights for me was Dean's track and a Rip Chord (Bruce) track named "Beach Girl" that was otherwise unknown to me..
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Post by: 2dean2 on January 20, 2010, 07:48:01 PM
JDMAN  I was only speaking of the range of Dean's voice . Yes live Jan 's  sing was better. And it may have taken Jan less time to lay his vocal track than Dean in the studio but I really dont know.
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Post by: scooby1970 on January 21, 2010, 07:27:16 AM
My favourite Dean vocal is probably "Taste Of Rain", I like Dean's vocals on all his leads actually except "Yesterday" which I find hard to listen to. I think in the doo-wop era of things Dean's leads were generally better than Jan's, and I agree that Dean had more of a vocal range than Jan.

On the live stuff, Dean can hold his own, as shown on some of those Mike & Dean concerts and of course on the live "One Summer Night" album.

:) Mark
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Post by: David Beard on January 21, 2010, 12:47:08 PM
Teenager In Love, ELeanor and Rhythm Of The Rain
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Post by: burton on January 22, 2010, 04:54:50 AM
I like Dean's California Lullaby.  Music and vocal. 

So baby don't you worry. So baby don't you worry.
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Post by: David Beard on January 22, 2010, 08:16:27 AM
"California Lullaby" is a great tracků I'd love to hear the early version of that recording prior to the addition of the strings.
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Post by: ripplewine on March 20, 2010, 09:51:12 PM
Dean did a great job on "Save For A Rainy Day."  My favorite tracks on that one are Here Comes The Rain, Rain On The Roof, Raindrops, and A Taste of Rain.

I also think some of his best vocals were on The Restless Surfer, Yesterday, We Go Together, and There's A Girl.
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Post by: David Beard on April 08, 2010, 12:58:44 PM
Let's not forget "Ocean PArk Angel" with Jan.
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Post by: ripplewine on April 08, 2010, 05:42:39 PM
I should have mentioned Ocean Park Angel--Dean did a nice job with Jan on that one, too.  It's too bad they had all the legal problems with the song; I think it could have been a hit!
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Post by: 1Jay1 on April 13, 2010, 08:33:51 AM
I  have to agree with scooby,i love taste of rain,one of my fav jan and dean tracks
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Post by: NateRuvin on May 18, 2017, 06:39:19 AM
The Restless Surfer, Like A Summer Rain, Yellow Balloon, Gonna Hustle You (LMS version), and From All Over The World.
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Post by: Surf Route 101 on May 20, 2017, 07:39:10 AM
  Like a Summer Rain
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Post by: owen on May 21, 2017, 11:12:04 PM
My list is the same as Nate's  ;D

Owen