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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / DEAD MAN'S CURVE (1979 Comp)
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:24:01 AM »
I've not listened to this one since the 80s but had a question about the mixes.  The credits note "Remixed by Tony Sestanovich.:  Are these mixes noticeably different from Jan's original Liberty stereo mixes?  If so, worth digging out from the vault for another listen.

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CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Jan & Dean vocals?
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:39:36 PM »
There seem to be two different vocal sounds on this record... songs that sound like they have Jan Berry leads (or Jan & Dean leads) voiced, I assume, primarily, by Glen Campbell and Tony M., with a little Jill Gibson for good measure.  And there are vocals that, I assume, were supposed to be the "Dean" leads (Carnival of Sound, Laurel & Hardy, I Know My Mind, Stay, etc.).  These, I assume, were voiced by either Tom Bahler or Ron Hicklin?  Good job all, but I'll be darned if I don't hear Jan & Dean on this record, too.  I've been a fan since 1975... I think I know the voices, particuarly Jan's various vocal styles pre and post accident.  So here's my questionaire...
GIRL YOU'RE BLOWIN MY MIND
rumor has it Jan sings some of the bomps on the stereo version?  That was always the rumor swirling around the WB 45 single mix (which is very similar to this one)
FAN TAN
I "think" I hear Jan on this track, though it may just be a very effective imitation by Glen Campbell.
CARNIVAL OF SOUND
LAUREL & HARDY
I assume this is Ron or Tom?  I'd swear I hear Dean's falsetto or maybe a giggle or two in this track.
LOVE & HATE
I am positive I hear both Jan and Dean on this track.  Dean sounds like he's contributing a falsetto part on the "love... love" section... and I'd swear it was Jan singing the solo, second, third and echoed, "Silently..." after the lyric "Don't Waste Your Love... silently...") 
I KNOW MY MIND
Tom or Ron?  Also, I have a recording of this with a lead vocal by Jan ( the phrasing is incredibly awkward and it sounds edited... and varisped fast or slow, up and down, to match the track.  It also has another vocalist doubling Jan's lead.  I assume it was an early acetate... there's a later version with an early vocal by either Tom or Ron - where you can hear Jan's version as a guide track on the second channel)

MULHOLLAND
Is this Dean funning with Jan and a girl at the end of the track?  I also hear, I think, Brian Wilson as a cop arresting everyone?

TIJUANA
On the stereo version I hear Dean singing on this - and Jan, toward the end, singing "go Granny, go Granny, Go Granny, go" slightly off key with his post accdient phrasing.  It's also rumored that the "oinks" are from Dean.  Any truth to this?

HAWAII
is it possible that the lead (as with the early version of I Know My Mind not included on this set) is, at least partially, Jan (another guide track?), with another singer doubled or tripled on top of him?

LOUISIANA MAN
STAY
Ron or Tom, I presume

ONLY A BOY
Jan & Dean

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
This sounds to me like a Jan Berry lead vocal with a vocal overdub from Glen Campbell doubling each line.

YAKETY YAK
Group effort by all singers

Any thoughts?  Have I really gone 'round the bend this time?

More of my little mind at work...

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CARNIVAL OF SOUND / STEREO VS. MONO, TRACK LISTING
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:19:07 PM »
First of all, kudos to all involved.  This is a truly spectacular package.  And Andrew was right... with one exception, the track order actually works very well.  In terms of the balance, flow, open and close, this album, in cinematic arc terms, feels very much like a Jan & Dean album... like a Folk & Roll or Little Old Lady or a Deadman's Curve... like DMC, it even has two theme sides... the psychadelic side and the oldies side.  Again, it all as a strong Jan Berry feel to it.
Personally, I prefer an assembly using the stereo mixes (exception being Laurel & Hardy and Only A Boy) because those mixes sound huge and spectacular, with that big Jan Berry/wrecking crew sound (double drums, crisp high hat, churning guitars and brass... Girl, Fan Tan, Love & Hate, Hawaii, Louisiana Man all sound like the big production epics like Drag City, Ride The Wild Surf, Anaheim, Freeway Flyer, etc.  Further, you get to hear amazing extras like the extended ending of I Know My Mind (which was such an aural delight and surprise after hearing bootlegs of this for years... it's like having listened to just the verse and chorus of Wouldn't It Be Nice for 35 years, only to now finally hear how it was supposed to end)... and the extended humorous ending on Mulholland, which reminded me of Filet of Soul, just a bit.... and the background vocals on Girl which seem to be lost on the mono mix.  And Hawaii, in crisp stereo, now ranks right up there with Ride The Wild Surf as a surfing epic.  Only a Boy was also a surprise...  the cymbal hits during the gunfire verse I'd never heard before.   So my in car CD contains the stereo mixes with Andrew's track order for side two... I changed side one a little bit... that extended comedy bit on Mulholland plays great as a side ender (and lead in to side two's Tijuana opener.
So at the risk of being a bit too much of "little minds at work" which is what film producer Sam Arkoff once called these fanboy exercises, here's my cut, for better or worse.  It flows real well for me.
GIRL YOU'RE BLOWIN MY MIND                  TIJUANA
FAN TAN                                                     HAWAII
CARNIVAL OF SOUND                                 LOUISIANA MAN
LAUREL & HARDY                                        STAY
I KNOW MY MIND                                       ONLY A BOY
LOVE & HATE                                             IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
MULHOLLAND                                            YAKETY YAK

Again, this record sounds like the natural next step after FOLK & ROLL, BATMAN & FILET OF SOUL... a return to classic surft/hit style (the classic Jan & Dean sound) with strong melodies and breathtaking production with a funny, eclectic choice of covers, all flavored by the changes in music that hit in 66, 67 & 68.  Hearing it cleaned up and restored really ties it in with the earlier records.

My lengthy two cents....

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