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« on: September 03, 2017, 09:10:21 AM »
I'm a little astounded that we've just gotten a brand new Jan & Dean album... previously unreleased, beautifully packaged and restored in stellar sound quality, and no one has yet seen fit to comment on it.

It's a crazy, daring record for the time, pre-dating Zappa, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, The Monkees "Head," and Steve Martin's own brand of music and comedy.  For me, Filet of Soul is a relentlessy savage satire on the state of music and live performances circa late 1965, a delightful skewering of Beatlemania and a clever bit of self-satire, as Jan & Dean send up their own image.

The mono sound is crisp and punched up (The live Wrecking Crew sounds spectacular on Honolulu and Hang On Sloopy, in particular) and I'm hearing asides, sound effects and one liners I haven't previously heard on the muddy bootlegs.

The liner notes provide fascinating historical perspective on the hows and whys... I'm thinking the track "Thank You Dean" is when Jan decides to go into the audience?

Great interview, with full play of one of my favorite tracks from the Bamboo Trading Company/Return of the Killer Shrews project, "Don't Say It's Over."

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dean's Book
« on: October 05, 2016, 07:53:27 AM »
I really enjoyed this book... an exciting ride with some amazing stories I've never heard, including Elvis, early tour shenanigans, the full stories of the TV pilot, Easy Come, Easy Go film, Manson (yes, that Manson), behind the scenes on the TV movie and the 79-81 tours.  The story is told with a riveting sense of detail, a "you are there" approach that really gives you a sense of what it was like to be in the room at the time, and a profound look at the depth of Jan & Dean's friendship.  Dean's sense of comic timing is present through out.  I can best describe it as joyful, for the most part, but with some tough, emotional moments later on.  The ending is heartfelt and uplifting, a moment of redemption that will bring a tear to your eye.  I can't recommend it highly enough.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: single that should have been released.
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:16:47 AM »

<<Wait...the Silver Summer version of "Like a Summer Rain" is from 1978? Really?>

Yes.  Dean put together a Deadman's Curve soundtrack LP in early 1978 that contained Sidewalk Surfin', Surf City. Barbara Ann, Little Old Lady, Little Deuce Coupe, Pipeline, Wipe Out, Deadman's Curve, Thanks for Buying Our Album, Get A Job, I Only Have Eyes for You, Teenager in Love and One Summer Night.  This was due for release on RSO but the deal fell through.  In the summer or fall he regrouped with Papa, Mike Love and Celebration to do a new soundtrack, with all new recordings.  Some of them ended up on the Silver Summer release in 1984.  Other tracks, like Baby Talk, Shut Down, etc. did not.  Like A Summer Rain was among the tracks cut for this 1978 release.  Mike Nesmith's Pacific Arts label was the destination for this version II Deadman's Curve soundtrack.
<< And Jan is on the "bluegrass" version? That's the version that appears on the Dean Torrence Anthology album right?>>

Yes.  This was also cut in 1978 for the version II soundtrack.  It's Jan singing the bomps.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: single that should have been released.
« on: September 29, 2016, 08:02:43 AM »
I think another missed opportunity passed by in late 1978, with two tracks from the second version of the Deadman's Curve soundtrack (not the earlier RSO version), tentatively scheduled for release in the fall on Pacific Arts.  I think this pairing would have done well, as the A side has a polished late 70s sound for Top 40 radio  and the country vide combined with the PR benefits of a new Jan Berry vocal on the B side could  have made this a double-sided hit...

LIKE A SUMMER RAIN ('78 version)/JENNIE LEE ('78 Bluegrass Version)

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: 1973 surfer stomp
« on: September 29, 2016, 07:49:29 AM »
If you're speaking in terms of the film itself, what you describe would have no dramatic impact.  The point of the scene was to show Jan exposed to the audience as lip-synching - and then triumphing over his handicap by managing to sing for real. Having another singer cover for him renders the scene pointless.

If you're speaking of the actual 1973 live show... I don't believe there was an actual band on stage for the Legendary Masked Surfers bit... and the actual lip-synching was meant by Dean as satire... that, unfortunately, the audience didn't get.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: single that should have been released.
« on: September 16, 2016, 06:45:50 AM »
SURF ROUTE 101/Hot Stocker

BUCKET T/Hey Little Freshman
SURFIN' WILD/The Restless Surfer
ONE PIECE TOPLESS BATHING SUIT/Horace, the Swingin' School Bus Driver


HANG ON SLOOPY (live/original Filet of Soul comedy mix)/Hide Your Love Away

« 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.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: concert brochure
« on: July 18, 2016, 11:07:09 AM »
I'd love to hear a recollection from JDman of just what that concert was like... if that's where the brochure came from...

There is no direct access to anyone at Capitol that handles those issues.  The only way to get a response from Capitol, as I discovered yesterday, is if you actually purchase the item directly from Capitol, on their web site, or rather, through their website.

It appears that Capitol either didn't bother to use your liner notes for these three releases or have withdrawn them.

So I assume, based on your response, that you will not be posting your missing liner notes liner notes from these three releases on this website? 

I got in touch with Itunes regarding the missing Digital booklet liner notes.  This was their response:

"... After a careful review of your purchase, our records show that the album "Command Performance (Live)" you
purchased doesn't have the digital booklet included. My apologies for the
confusion this has caused."

I subsequently checked the downloads at Amazon.  Most of the Jan & Dean downloads released contain the digital booklet.  However, three do not:  COMMAND PERFORMANCE... RIDE THE WILD SURF... and JAN & DEAN'S POP SYMPHONY.  My hope is that Mark will post his new, detailed liner notes for these three albums on this web site, as there seems to be no other way to see them commercially.

Thanks.  It was not part of the track list.  I have emailed both Capitol and Itunes.

I just purchased COMMAND PERFORMANCE from Itunes.  No liner notes were included with the download.  Have the liner notes been deleted from these downloads for purchase?  I bought this primarily for the liner notes, so this is a tad bit disappointing.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: let's try to get "dead mans curve" on dvd
« on: March 15, 2010, 09:22:26 AM »
"Illegal Bootlegs" -

Not only bootlegs but inferior discs made from a budget line VHS copy in slow (SLP) mode.  Best bet for seeing this movie in good quality is to try and find the original home video release from the early 80s, which came in a large collectors box with photos of the real J&D next to their movie counterparts and a hand written note on the back of the box.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The 1977 Re-recordings.
« on: March 13, 2010, 09:15:00 AM »
I'd like to try and clear up some things here...
The 1975 Sidewalk Surfin' redux by Dean did not 'intentionally" leave Jan's voice off.  Skateboards were exploding, particularly in California - and surf music was in the middle of a major comeback.  Dean felt it was the perfect time to re-issue SS with updated lyrics featuring skateboarding slang from the mid 70s instead of mid sixties.  United Artists agreed to release a single - but then refused national promotion money.  Despite all this the song was still number one in various California radio markets.  In 1978 Jan was preparing his disco remake of SSUSA... he needed a falsetto singer and called Dean for Brian Wilson's phone number.  Dean asked why... when Jan explained what he was doing Dean volunteered to sing the part himself.

The 1977 Remakes...
There are three sets of masters as far as I can recall from the mists of time.  The KTEL masters were among the early recordings.  In late 77/early 78 Dean prepared a new set of recordings for a DMC soundtrack LP to be distributed by RSO.  The LP included DMC, Sidewalk Surfin, Little Deuce Coupe, Little Old Lady, Surf City, Teenager in Love, One Summer Night, Get A Job, I Only Have Eyes for You, Barbara Ann (an uptempo version with a track like the 1962 recording but heavily overdubbed - and a "Thank you Carl" nod to Carl Wilson at the end), Pipeline and Wipeout.  Many of the tracks were actually in the body of the film.  The J&D remakes were actually great sounding, with the addition of brass and instrumental sweetening which made them sound big and bold, like the original recordings.  Apparently, at one point, the filmmakers were considering using these new remakes in the film instead of the Liberty masters.  The only time I saw this collection surface was on a vinyl LP from Australia.  I've never seen these tracks surface on CD comps.  There are versions of the 50s remakes from the film on CD - but not the final, lush mixes included on this vinyl release.  Teenager In Love and I Only Have Eyes for You are particularly powerful.  Apparently the RSO release fell apart over a disagreement over who would retain Japanese rights... a lucrative territory.  UA's entire controibution was a re-issue of the Anthology album later that year with a tiny little yellow sticker reminding buyers of the Deadman's Curve film.
The third set of masters was a new Deadman's Curve soundtrack scheduled for release on Mike Nesmith's Pacific Arts label.  These were newly recorded tracks (in 1978) featuring Dean with members of Papa Doo Run Run and Mike Love with members of Celebration.  I think Ron Altbach was involved in production... all of these tracks were newly recorded... the "phone" version of DMC... the legendary bluegrass version of Jennie Lee which featured Jan Berry... etc.  This also remained unreleased although many of the tracks ended up remixed and augmented on Silver Summer.  And the original 1978 mixdown has popped up on various CD comps.  And that's what I remember from those heady days in the fall of 1978... I remember Mike Love and Bruce Johnston talking about producing a Jan Berry solo album that fall as well... so us fans figured we were about to be hit with all sorts of new stuff.  And then none of it ever came out...

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