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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Our favorite Jan & Dean songs
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:44:05 AM »
The last of my top 5 all time favorites of Jan & Dean, and I hate to admit this, is another Beatle song. From side 4 of 1971's Anthology and the new Filet of Soul CD, it's Hide Your Love Away. I know some of you are thinking "that's not even a J & D song! Surfer Mike must have gotten hit on the head too many times with his surfboard!" Sure, but besides me getting a bonk on the head, listen again to what these guys did to a decent Beatle song (far from being a favorite of mine). The original Wrecking Crew is back live this time. Here we have Jan & Dean together, singing side by side with Dean throwing in his falsetto we are all familiar with. They made this song stand out with great vocals. This song and I Should Have Known Better are not even close to being my favorite Beatle songs. It's how J & D used  their own style and arrangement to make these songs in a class of their own.Other favorite Jan & Dean songs of mine: Tell' Em I'm Surfin, Waimea Bay, One Piece Topless Bathing Suit, It's A Shame To Say Goodbye, I Can't Wait To Love You, A Beginning From An End, 3 Window Coupe, Mighty GTO, Ride The Wild Surf and on and on I can go. In 1981, here on Long Island, Jan sat 10 feet away from me and sang Hide Your Love Away with The Bel Air Bandits. How great was that!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Our favorite Jan & Dean songs
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:09:16 AM »
I want to chime in once again about our favorite songs. Looks like I'm up to my 4th all time best. Also from Command Performance and similar to I Should Have Known Better, it's Rock and Roll Music, another song by another artist. As a pre-teen , this was my favorite on the whole album and sounded much better than what Chuck Berry did. Again, a great big band sound and terrific harmonies by both Jan & Dean( or is it Jan & Sloan & Barri ?) singing in unison. I recently heard DJ Cousin Brucie playing this song on Sirius Radio's 60's channel. When was the last time anyone played it - if ever? By the way, all the songs on Command Performance are great thanks to the full orchestra Jan employed. Surf City sounds fantastic with all those instruments. They didn't even have to sing the words "Surf City here we come", just let the horn section do it! As a kid, I was use to hearing guitars, drums and maybe a piano when I listened to Beach Boys and The Beatles. Then I heard Command Performance with all those musicians playing all those great instruments. What a great sound. Still is over 50 years later. What's my 5th favorite? Now it's getting tough. There really are so many great ones to choose from. This needs some thought.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Our favorite Jan & Dean songs
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:42:56 AM »
Hey jdman, if I was to list my 3rd favorite it would be Hot Stocker. I first heard that also on the Gotta Take That One Last Ride LP. Right off the bat the song explodes with that great horn section and Jan gives another of his best vocals. You're right, best cut off Drag City! A slight correct about I Should Have Known Better, according to Mark's book, it isn't the Wrecking Crew in its entirety. A few of the guys like Hal but a different band. They still sound great.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Our favorite Jan & Dean songs
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:22:39 AM »
I'm sure we all have our favorite J & D songs from their vast catalog. I can pick out two without a moment of hesitation. Both have been favorites of mine for decades and both were first done by other artists! The 1st and all best song for me is Summer Means Fun. I first heard it when I bought the Gotta Take That One Last Ride double LP and 8 track cassette. 43 years later, that song still knocks me off my feet (or surfboard)! The Legendary Masked Surfers 45 version is even better. Thanks for that one Dean. Simple,innocent words about our youth we can all relate to and a great melody all rolled into one. Listen to the wooo's in the middle and end of the song. Genius production! Nothing comes close except my second favorite. And that one is a Beatle song! From Command Performance, I Should Have Known Better. This has been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember. Before you start booing, listen to Hal Blaine's count down to start the song and hear the Wrecking Crew come blasting in with full force. Jan's vocal has never been better and the arrangement of the music is perfect. Jan took John Lennon's song and made it a masterpiece in my opinion. I know Summer Means Fun was a Fantastic Baggys song, but look what Jan & Dean did to make both of these songs great. Give them another listen. How can you not love 'em!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan's Corvette Sting Rays
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:31:51 AM »
I'd like to clear up something in Marks book about Jan's 1966 Corvette (hope we have some 'vette fans out there). All the options (or accessories) , and there were quite a few,were indicated except engine type. Since it was not specified, it was the base 327-300 horsepower that came with no extra charge. Dean's was the larger optioned 427 engine (L72), most likely 425 HP. There was a milder 427 (L36) with 390 HP. As for the picture of Jan's car, I can see the ignition  shielding just in front of the air cleaner (also close by is the dipstick for the Powerglide). That type or shape of shielding belongs to the 300HP engine. Shielding came with cars if you ordered a radio. It eliminated ignition interference (static). As far as Jan's 1963 Corvette, a heater is listed as an option (accessorie). The last time that was an option ( a cost of $102.25) was in the 1961 model. 1963 did have a heater delete , option C48, and a $100 credit. Otherwise, all 1963's came with a heater at no charge. I don't mean to bore anyone with this info, but I do love these cars. I still have my 1966 Sting Ray that I've owned for 32 years and enjoy driving it to car shows, not to mention my JANNDEAN plates!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Command Performance
« on: September 22, 2017, 07:36:19 AM »
Hey jdman, I guess you and admin are right - or should I say " I guess I found out for myself that everyone was right". I always thought that was Dean. Oh well. Hey, imagine listening to this classic album in it's original form before Liberty cut it up and Jan "sweetened' the vocals?  How about  On The Run  and the complete concert ? Where's that footage ? I guess we can only dream.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Command Performance
« on: September 21, 2017, 09:31:34 AM »
Thanks for your input Admin, but I still think the rolls J & D had in Dead Man's Curve were reversed. I think that's Dean voice saying " the last thing I remember, if I remember correctly..." and Jan saying "yeah?" Dean says "and then I saw the...' and gives his famous laugh that we all know. I think Dean said "well doc" knowing Jan was in medical school and that's how it started out. I may be totally off base. Give it another listen. I still think it was Dean's turn to play the crash victim in Command Performance.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Command Performance
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:47:59 AM »
To this day, I'm not sure if I know whose voice it is during the spoken part in Dead Man's Curve. "Well doc..." part sounds like Dean talking to Jan, with Jan saying "yeah". But then it sounds like Jan saying "I know I'll never forget that tough looking chick".  "no wonder you crashed" sounds like Jan again. And who said " I guess I should've told mommy I was taking the car" ? Can anyone help with who said what? Their voices really do sound alike.

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