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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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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Fun City CD
« on: August 13, 2013, 07:36:32 PM »
Hey everybody, today I had the Fun City CD by Jan & Dean delivered. It's pretty nice. It's a CD-R that's manufactured on demand when one orders is it from Amazon, but it is in fact an official release. And it's cool to finally have great stuff like "Fun City" and "Little Queenie" finally out there on an official CD. I'm pretty sure it's vinyl sourced, but it's still pretty nice sounding. The package itself is pretty nice looking too.

I'd also like to mention how much that on "Blue Moon Shuffle" Jan really sounds like how Brian Wilson would sound around the 2000s. Kinda weird.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan's "writing" on Carnival of Sound
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:33:52 PM »
Hey, so I was reading Mark Thomas Passmore's book and Jan & Dean, and it makes it sound as though Jan didn't really have much of anything to do with the writing of "Hawaii" and "Fan Tan". I'm pretty sure he said "Hawaii" was music by Jill Gibson and basically lyrics by Roger Christian. And for "Fan Tan" he basically said that the music was by Don Altfeld and Jill Gibson with lyrics by Jan and Roger Christian. However, if Jan couldn't really communicate well, how did he contribute lyrics?

I'm hoping that there was true hands on involvement from Jan, because I really like those two songs, and I'd be disappointed his name was just on the credits to help him feel better.

And on a different issue, I know a backing track was recorded for "Girl, You're Blowing My Mind" before the accident, but anyways, were the melody and lyrics for the song conceived before or after the accident? Either way, it totally sounds like a hit, even today. It's a shame that one wasn't released back in '68.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Legendary Masked Surfers CD
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:13:51 PM »
So I was considering buying a copy of the Legendary Masked Surfers CD Jan & Dean's Golden Summer Days, but before getting it, I just wanted to be sure of what the songs on it actually are. Are they the 1977 re-recordings? Or what was gonna be soundtrack of the Dead Man's Curve movie? Or is it the Silver Summer album?

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Sidewalk Surfin' CD
« on: April 05, 2013, 09:13:38 PM »
Hey, sorry for the new threads I keep posting, but I figured if anybody would know Jan and Dean info, it'd be you guys.

Anyways, I was wondering where the tracks on the  Sidewalk Surfin' CD come from. There's not really any info on where the tracks on this album come from. So anyways, I'm pretty sure this was released in 1998 on Fireball Records. Anyways, I purchased it cuz it is one of the few places that have a bunch of Jan's '70s recordings all together on CD. So I know where those tracks are from.

However, it's the rest of the material that confuses me. The first ten songs on the first disc are studio recordings, with 11 through 13 live recordings. Where are these recordings from? To start off disc two, there seems to be some kind of studio outtakes of some of their hits. Then of course after those are done comes the '70s material.

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Hey everybody, I was interested in what exactly the Silver Summer album is. I've seen it listed online, but I've also heard that Jan isn't on most of it. Well anyways, is he on any of the songs? And if so, which ones?

And also, he does fully participate on One Summer Night/Live, right? I haven't heard that one at all, and I was wondering.

By the way, I'm new here! So hey everybody.

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