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CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Carnival of Sound - Official Release on Rhino
« on: February 15, 2010, 01:55:35 AM »
Rhino UK don't have the album on its website (not even as a forthcoming release.) I've emailed to ask if it will be released over here but no reply as yet.

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Carnival of Sound - Official Release on Rhino
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:22:13 AM »
Does anyone know if this ships to the UK?

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Just baught my copy of carnival of sound YES !!
« on: February 10, 2010, 09:23:23 AM »
What's the difference between the CD version and the deluxe? Not clear from the Rhino website.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Why do you enjoy Jan & Dean?
« on: February 03, 2010, 11:54:26 AM »
i will be one of the older contributors to this board. I bought my first album in 66 Jan and Dean's Golden Hits (volume 2 in the States) and never looked back.
The reason I bought that record when I could so easily have gone for the Beatles, the Stones, the Beach Boys etc was down to radio coverage in the UK at that time. Before pirate radio took off the BBC had a monopoly - they also had various deals with the musicians' union that limited the number of records played (most output was live) and - most significant - the % of American originals played. (This explains why the early sixties UK charts are full of note for note UK versions of US hits.) The one station we could receive broadcast from Luxembourg which was the other side of a range of mountains. This meant terrible static. But this was how I heard Spector and other great US songs. One night I heard the best song I had ever heard. The production and arrangement were so strong and the build up of drama was so good that it cut through the static. It remains my favourite all time song and is - Dead Man's Curve.
AS I was looking through albums in the store I saw that track and bought the album on the strength of it. I was not disappointed and was amazed at the consistent quality of sound that was more than the strength of the songs but the way they were put together.
Ironically, I came to discover that they had put the album not the single version of D M C on that album - but that allowed me a second treat later on.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The 1977 Re-recordings.
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:59:21 AM »
My understanding was that although Dean did rerecord some songs for the movie there was also an album of Jan and Dean and Beach Boys songs recorded for KTel. There are hundreds of sixties / seventies compilations or hits packages that are rerecorded (by at least one of the original artists.) I understand that the original idea for a DMC soundtrack made sense but it remains a huge disappointment that the licence holders of the originals did not exploit the success of the movie with an 'original' hits package.
The saddest thing for me is that if you go on ITunes or Amazon the rerecorded versions are not distinguishable from the originals - the art work doesn't help. You also get people interested in sixties or surf / summer music buying compilations and hearing this stuff alongside BB originals - no wonder Jan and Dean's reputations are questioned by some.
When compared side by side  - what is confirmed is the brilliance, complexity and depth of Jan's arrangements and productions. The KTels were too obviously made too quickly and too cheaply.

Let's hope that those of us from the UK can get hold of this some time soon.

Sounds like Mark's sessionography. Which I am really looking forward too plus his biography f Jan.

Record wise - those of you who have read my postings over the years will know that for a long time I have been hoping for a box set. Artists with one or two minor hits have elaborate sets. I know this is commercially driven but it would be great to have a box set. Maybe another thread could offer suggestions. I would like stereo / mono but if there are any gems such as Jan producing Dead Man's Curve (SCtDC) or working on Ride the Wild Surf with Brian (Hang 50) they would probably be the icing for us fans.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Your favourite Jan & Dean Collection?
« on: January 28, 2010, 06:16:00 AM »
Complete Liberty Singles - I like Gotta Take that One Last Ride too. Mono versions of 3 Window Coupe and others. An incomplete package with some odd exclusions and inclusions but equally some great mono album tracks.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Favorite Jan vocal
« on: January 25, 2010, 12:32:55 PM »
This is hard! I agree that Ride the Wild Surf is a great vocal but can I add another rather unusual thought? Folk 'n' Roll has an uneasy reputation but includes some of Jan's best vocals - showing that he was capable of different styles. It Aint Me Babe is a real favourite - a great arrangement - a really tight rhythm, great drumming and great vocals. Unusual I know!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Europe and The uk jan and dean fans
« on: January 18, 2010, 11:53:56 AM »
Once of London - now landlocked in Yorkshire.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: favorite Dean vocal
« 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.

« on: January 10, 2010, 12:58:04 PM »
Given that record companies were not happy for their contracted artists to be recording with others on different labels there remains some mystery and some contention about who sang or played on what song. I know that we have some documentary evidence to confirm or deny some of the rumours (it doesn't stop it being good fun to speculate!)
I wondered whether Jan and or Dean ever worked with Gary Usher.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: 1960s Jan Berry Post Accident Studio Photo
« on: January 03, 2010, 09:16:20 AM »
Are there others?

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Carnival of Sound - Official Release on Rhino
« on: January 01, 2010, 02:54:55 AM »
I'm intrigued as to whether the album will feature some of the arrangements you used on the tribute album. The various bootleg versions I've heard don't. The tribute album featured some exciting and adventurous background harmonies. I Know My Mind especially.
Did the original album have any art work? I wasn't sure it ever got that far!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Dean's updated website
« on: January 01, 2010, 02:49:36 AM »
Dean has updated his website. It is visually stunning - some great pics.

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