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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Markís certificate
« on: December 17, 2022, 08:13:07 AM »
Congratulations Mark on the recognition given to your biography of Jan
So well deserved. Iíve been an advocate for Jan from the late sixties when I first heard Jan and Dean on the radio. They were not played much in the uk and many of their albums werenít released here. I had to import them myself. No internet / no Amazon then. I contributed a bit to Ripped Baggies although my name was always misspelled.
It took you though and your two brilliantly researched and written books to ensure Janís legacy.
Many, many thanks

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Happy Christmas Everyone
« on: December 04, 2022, 08:06:43 AM »
Yes happy Christmas from the UK.

A great year. Mark has secured Jan's legacy.

We just need a Jan Berry anthology and the Jan and Dean box set we have all asked for.

That would make a great new year.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Dean interviewed on Cruise
« on: November 14, 2022, 08:49:50 AM »

Not much new but Dean his usual nice guy.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: DEan's latest compilation
« on: November 07, 2022, 12:43:19 PM »
Now available through Amazon though oddly if you enter Dean Torrence in the search box it doesn't come up. If however you enter 'the teammates twenty years of making music' it does!!!!

I have downloaded the album but am getting the CD version for the sleeve notes.

I repeat my pony above that we need a Jan Berry anthology. I do't know if there are ownership rights issues but a selection of Jan's best post accident cuts would be great. Alternate versions etc a real bonus.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / DEan's latest compilation
« on: October 16, 2022, 10:42:07 AM »
Thanks for the update. Tried the link to the CD version - not working (at least in the UK). (I want to add the CD to my collection as well as having a digital version.)
Good news (if you have Apple Music) - it is there and I've downloaded it. Not listened to all but some new stuff.

More evidence that we need a Jan Berry anthology / collection. Dean Has David Beard punting for him I would guess.

Not sure if there are contractual complications in collecting Jan's solo stuff but it would be a great collection.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan Berry's Original Music Scores Published
« on: October 10, 2022, 08:01:28 AM »
The interview with Phil Miglioratti is fascinating. I have read both of Mark's books and this interview adds or at the very least underlines and confirms Jan's massive talents. Not satisfied as bass and lead singer, song writer and producer, Jan's arranging abilities surely exceed any contemporary rock singer / musician. I know of no other performer (in the usual meaning of that word) who was able to orchestrate such complex arrangements and for so many different instruments.
Jan did not have that "natural" genius of Brian Wilson but he was far more talented and by all accounts (not just Mark's) influenced Brian and others... in creating a studio based sound.
It is fascinating also to read about the separate arrangements for live shows.

I do wonder - in terms of Jan's legacy - why he so often chose to not focus on the four part harmonies on tv (other than cost) meaning that some of the live versions we have tend to expose Jan and Dean's vocals.

Thanks Mark again for your work.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Bob Emrich Shares Memories of Jan Berry
« on: September 22, 2022, 09:10:13 AM »
What a great insight

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Displaying Jan and Dean
« on: September 04, 2022, 12:08:01 PM »
Over the years my Jan and Dean collection has grown and I decided a while ago that some of  it deserved to be displayed - the 45 pic sleeves, some rarer album covers, the programme and some sheet music. Some I have in individual frames but the 45s eps, a few photos and autographs are in a big frame. They look great. I was hoping to post a photo but I cannot reduce the memory's size of the picture enough to upload it.

Anyway, I wondered if anyone else had any of their collection displayed - and if so - how?

Pride of place awaits a Jan and Dean boxset if it ever arrives!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan and Dean in china
« on: July 20, 2022, 05:48:05 AM »
Presumably the tapes exist.

This is all part of my content that we still need a Jan and Dean box set.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Surf City YouTube
« on: May 15, 2022, 06:52:40 AM »
A great video of Jan and Dean singing Surf City on YouTube.

It is new to me. No idea what show it was on as the licensing arrangements are unclear to the untutored.

Quality good - the guys look good and, of course, don't take things too seriously.

I wonder if there are other clips yet to be shared? I haver never seen them singing Dead Man's Curve at the time of its release. That would be great. 8)

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan and Dean in china
« on: April 29, 2022, 08:39:36 AM »
I agree. I don't know who holds the current ownership of Jan and Dean's music but the success of the Liberty singles and Mark's brilliant books surely suggests there is a market for this.
I still think a box set would be great.
There are loads of bootlegs with studio outtakes - the best of which, cleaned up, would show Jan's studio genius.

« on: April 25, 2022, 07:50:53 AM »
Hi All

Has anyone else seen Guy Peeler's book Rock Dreams. It features his art on the Beatles, Dylan, the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean.

I have a copy of the book but see that on-line many of the pictures are available digitally - but not Jan and Dean. Anyone have a copy of the Jan and Dean pic digitally? My old book is looking rather tatty. I have no idea about copyright issues but so many of the other pages are out there.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / 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

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan berry Anthology
« on: March 10, 2022, 08:35:06 AM »
It is sad that nothing has happened. A Jan anthology could include some great songs - maybe an outtake or two and some backing tracks.

I posted elsewhere that given the success of the Liberty singles album it would be great if we could have a 'best of the rest' album drawing on some of the best album cuts (using original masters.)

Of course, the ultimate would be a Jan and Dean box set - I've been asking for years. I don't know who owns everything but it would be a great boost to Jan and Dean's legacy.

« on: March 03, 2022, 10:22:53 AM »
Yes me too.

I just worry that Jan's great work is so often crowded out by other stuff.

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