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  • Ode
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Pray for Surf Interview
« on: April 03, 2022, 07:56:12 AM »
I really enjoyed the Park for Surf interviews. More than just an overview of the biography, an additional take o things.

I was especially intrigued by the "jan and anybody' sections.

Dean is a great guy, a talented artist, and his humour was integral to the Jan and Dean personna. That said, his 'audible' contribution to many of the best tracks is minimal or non existent. He has a distinctive voice - good and bad - and I can see why Jan sometimes wanted a purer falsetto. Listening to the Little Old Lady outtakes confirms this for me.

Jan's brilliance was in creating a rich studio sound instrumentally and vocally and my reading is that Dean wasn't always the right sound. I accept that Jan's voice too had some limits but multi tracking and writing songs for that range made him a stand out singer for me. His lead vocals were important in turning me on to their sound at the start. To find that he wrote, arranged and produced etc etc makes hime undoubtedly the one defining presence in the band. I was always disappointed that live and on TV, Jan did not bother (Is that too strong?) to replicate the studio sound.

For me, Jan and Dean on record are Jan and others (not anybody but a carefully chosen group of musicians). Reading Mark's books has strengthened this belief.

Thanks Mark


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Re: Pray for Surf Interview
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2022, 03:58:02 AM »
Jan and anyone

Jan and Dean had great chemistry together, Dean had even said in the past, about getting another person for the Jan and Dean pilot, he refused,saying it wouldn t be the same, according to mark passmore book, Jan could be difficult at times, so could Brian wilson ,Phil sloan be ok with that, I d say no, it also says in his book, Dean didn t want to record a new album,as it would have been like the 60s with Jan doing it his way,