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JAN & DEAN => CARNIVAL OF SOUND => Topic started by: Mark A. Moore on March 08, 2010, 09:18:18 PM

Title: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Mark A. Moore on March 08, 2010, 09:18:18 PM
Interesting to see what listeners on the Steve Hoffman board are saying about Carnival:

Title: Re: Views from other music lovers
Post by: Ban n Bean on March 10, 2010, 10:19:49 PM
The thread is interesting.  Always nice to hear that someone else is discovering Jan & Dean for the first time -- and it may have been the vinyl that did it!
Title: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on March 22, 2010, 09:52:59 AM
Frpm popdose.com . . .

Carnival of Sound:
http://popdose.com/cd-review-jan-dean-carnival-of-sound/ (http://popdose.com/cd-review-jan-dean-carnival-of-sound/)
Title: Review — Jam Base
Post by: Admin on March 22, 2010, 10:11:06 AM
From jambase.com . . .

Carnival of Sound:
http://www.jambase.com/Articles/22014/Albums-of-the-Week-March-19-March-25-Beck-Truckers-Liars (http://www.jambase.com/Articles/22014/Albums-of-the-Week-March-19-March-25-Beck-Truckers-Liars)

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Vintage Stash Pick of the Week
Jan & Dean: Carnival of Sound  (Rhino Handmade)

When Jan Berry of the famous Southern California pop duo Jan & Dean smashed his Corvette into a parked truck going around Dead Man's Curve in 1966, he and partner Dean Torrence were in the embryonic stages of creating a new album they had dubbed Carnival of Sound.  And despite Berry's serious injuries, which included partial paralysis and a traumatic brain injury, Jan refused to give up on the LP, returning to the studio months after the crash with a batch of songs that would reflect a deeper, more experimental nature reflecting the teen idol's post-accident mindset.  Though still undeniably catchy and pure in its pop form, the music captured at these sessions, which incorporated such elements as sitar accents, backwards guitar playing, found sound effects and Wall of Sound style orchestration, reflected the psychedelic vibes of the burgeoning Sunset Strip scene that rendered the duo's shiny, happy sounds all but obsolete.  Sadly, by the time Carnival of Sound was ready for its 1969 release, the duo's label, Warner Bros., had shelved the project, allowing it to build up its legend as one of the all-time great "lost" albums of rock ‘n' roll.  That is until now.  Beautifully packaged and remastered, this definitive official version of Carnival of Sound features the complete mono album as it was intended for its initial street date, along with stereo mixes and some of Berry's initial demos and alternate mixes of such key original tracks as "Girl, You're Blowing My Mind" and "Laurel and Hardy."  You can really hear Jan Berry's absolute mastery as a producer on par with the likes of Phil Spector and David Axelrod – along with his capable utilization of such legendary Hollywood studio spaces as Gold Star Studios and Western Recorders and the world famous elite session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew – on their heart-piercing version of The Five Satins' "In The Still of the Night."  Here, Jan and Dean transplant the doo-wop classic from the streets of the Bronx to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.  It's as if it had originated amidst a backdrop of surf and sunset all along, and unless you have a heart of ice it will stop you dead in your tracks.  Any fan of pure pop music - be it The Beatles, Big Star or the Beach Boys - owes it to his or her self to look into checking out this resurrected masterpiece stat.  (RH)

Title: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on March 22, 2010, 11:05:31 PM
Jan & Dean:
http://www.beachboys.com/jandean.html (http://www.beachboys.com/jandean.html)

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Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: Mark A. Moore on March 22, 2010, 11:46:20 PM
Ha! . . . There's nothing like a Beach Boys fanatic when it comes to Jan & Dean.

What does "over-ripe production flourishes" mean? . . . I'm thinking the Beach Boys' Smiley Smile and Wild Honey albums — recorded during the same time period as Carnival of Sound — could have used similar production flourishes.

How does the reviewer know whether a song calls for a sitar, or not? . . . Is he the sitar keeper?

"Overly busy production flourishes"? . . . Again, see the widely panned Beach Boys albums mentioned above.

"Jan & Dean's unshakable limitations as artists"?? . . . Uh, Carnival of Sound is a Jan Berry arrangement and production. Aside from the pre-accident "Only A Boy," Jan & Dean are not even performing on the album. Instead, Carnival of Sound is performed instrumentally by the top-flight Wrecking Crew — same guys who belatedly joined Brian Wilson on many a Beach Boys session — and the best studio singers in Hollywood, including Glen Campbell and Tom Bahler.

Opinons are fine . . . we all have them. And we all know that not everyone will like Carnival of Sound. But the above referenced review espouses an uninformed and stereotypical perspective from a Beach Boys fanatic.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: Ban n Bean on March 23, 2010, 12:32:05 AM
I wonder why the author didn't review "Filet Of Soul"?

He's just expressing his honest opinions (I hope) on these CDs.  Maybe he likes them more than what the writing reveals -- apparently he went to the trouble to get them all.

I don't regret the "Carnival Of Sound" purchase at all and won't spend years wishing I had bought it when I had the chance.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: Mark A. Moore on March 23, 2010, 01:21:55 AM
Well again, it's just a fan site.

These people aren't journalists or historians . . . (who, by the way, can also be equally misinformed).

I make these points simply as a counterbalance to those who might speak in broad generalizations, without really knowing what they're talking about — people mixing personal opinion with what they think their "peers" (fellow Beach Boys fanataics) would want them to say.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: jdman on March 23, 2010, 05:03:04 AM
I notice that on YouTube. You can always tell when a Beach Boy fanatic makes a comment on Jan & Dean. It's always very negative and misinformed. It's almost as if they think Jan & Dean are trying to take over the Beach Boys, which is crazy. I think they know that J&D were first and that it may be possible that Jan actually helped Brian a little bit,not just the other way around. It also must be horifying that "Surfin", the BBs first hit, had some J&D influence!!!
Why can't we all just get along?lol  For me, I'm glad Jan and Brian met. Rock and Roll is better because of it.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: Ban n Bean on March 23, 2010, 09:39:30 AM
I don't understand this "war" between J&D and the Beach Boys.  Brian Wilson has nothing but praise for Jan.  There are loads of songs that have Wilson & Berry credits.  If I recall Brian has stated that Jan's producing inspired Brian to self-produce.

Maybe some "sophisticated" fans and reviewers want to drive a wedge between the two but as I understand the facts, that wedge is a misrepresentation of history and does a disservice to both men.

I have no problem discussing or listening to Jan & Dean AND The Beach Boys.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: Doc Smiley on March 23, 2010, 02:08:04 PM

I consider myself a huge Beach Boys fan...
and that has never stopped me from appreciating Jan & Dean and all the fine recordings that they have done over the years.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: Mark A. Moore on March 23, 2010, 03:09:39 PM
Same here.
Title: Vintage Vinyl News
Post by: Admin on March 23, 2010, 07:51:49 PM
Jan and Dean's Long Lost Late-60's Album:
http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2010/02/preview-carnival-of-sound-jan-and-deans.html (http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2010/02/preview-carnival-of-sound-jan-and-deans.html)

Vintage Vinyl News
Title: Blog — Lost albums: Jan and Dean’s "Carnival of Sound"
Post by: Admin on March 23, 2010, 07:56:53 PM
Lost albums: Jan and Dean’s "Carnival of Sound":
http://blackswansongs.com/archives/390 (http://blackswansongs.com/archives/390)

Black Swan Songs — Blog
Title: Jan & Dean + Laurel & Hardy — The Early To Bed Tent
Post by: Admin on March 23, 2010, 08:05:28 PM
Jan & Dean + Laurel & Hardy:
http://www.earlytobedtent.com/id10.html (http://www.earlytobedtent.com/id10.html)

The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis #239
Title: Casa Nueva — Heard ‘Round the Office, 3/8/2010
Post by: Admin on March 23, 2010, 08:17:58 PM
Heard ‘Round the Office, 3/8/2010:
http://www.casanueva.net/content/heard-%E2%80%98round-office-382010 (http://www.casanueva.net/content/heard-%E2%80%98round-office-382010)

Casa Nueva

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Title: Goldmine Magazine — Review
Post by: Admin on March 31, 2010, 08:19:02 PM
Goldmine Review:
http://www.goldminemag.com/article/Album_Reviews_King_Crimson_Elvis_The_Cult_The_Monkees_Jan_Dean_and_more/ (http://www.goldminemag.com/article/Album_Reviews_King_Crimson_Elvis_The_Cult_The_Monkees_Jan_Dean_and_more/)

Goldmine March 25, 2010

Jan & Dean
Carnival Of Sound
Rhino Handmade (RHM2 521476)
Grade: ★★★★★

Jan Berry’s Carnival Of Sound — a collection of music he finished in 1968 (after his near-fatal automobile accident on April 12, 1966) — is astonishing. Miraculously Jan would reenter the studio April 19, 1967. More than 20 months later, Berry would complete the album, and it would remain shelved until now.

Strong production, great mixes, and, in some cases, the J&D-style banter we’re accustomed to hearing — are all a part of this release. The enclosed booklet includes extensive liner notes, track annotations and poignant images.

Waiting 40-plus years to experience Carnival Of Sound is more than worth it. This album will close a previously mythic chapter and invigorate Jan Berry’s musical legacy. If you’re not a Jan & Dean fan, don’t be fooled. This is psychedelic pop at it best. To top it all off, Dean Torrence designed the front and back covers. www.rhino.com/handmade/HandmadePage/handmade-page (http://www.rhino.com/handmade/HandmadePage/handmade-page)
— David Beard

Title: Ear Candy - Real Detroit Weekly
Post by: Admin on April 09, 2010, 08:24:15 PM
Ear Candy - Carnival of Sound:
http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/content/article_6314.shtml (http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/content/article_6314.shtml)

Real Detroit Weekly
April 7, 2010

Jan has become Dean . . . and a new track has materialized   :o
Title: ALL MUSIC GUIDE - Review
Post by: Admin on April 10, 2010, 09:21:48 PM
All Music Guide - Carnival of Sound:
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0nfpxzwsldae~T0 (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0nfpxzwsldae~T0)

By Bruce Eder


"And there are liner notes that put to shame almost any archival pop/rock release seen to date, in both their detail and underlying sense of wonder about the music."

From the Allmusic Website:

The AMG editorial staff, along with hundreds of expert contributors (all music fanatics in their own right), has made allmusic the most comprehensive music reference source on the planet. We are all dedicated to creating and maintaining the knowledgeable, spirited content that music lovers and industry professionals have come to expect from AMG.

Title: Re: Ear Candy - Real Detroit Weekly
Post by: ripplewine on April 11, 2010, 07:09:06 PM
Hahaha!  Brought to you by the "Reviewer Who Didn't Do The Required Reading" ;D 

At least he gave Carnival four stars, even though he didn't listen to it!  Maybe Dean pulled a fast one on us while he was producing it and we have to play it backwards to hear "Girl." 

This guy may very well be the same student I tutored who wrote in his term paper "To the south, colonies profited from another gift of the red man, tobacco, whose use and cultivation he taught in exchange for alcohol, religion, and syphilis."  ::)
Title: Re: Ear Candy - Real Detroit Weekly
Post by: positivemusic on April 12, 2010, 06:45:13 PM
I have to say as short as this review was, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Haha.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: positivemusic on April 18, 2010, 07:01:29 PM
I would agree as well. I consider myself more of a "Brian Wilson" fan than a "Beach Boys" fan. But I love Jan & Dean just the same. As talented as each was on their own, I don't think their respective works would've been quite as amazing as they turned out to be without what they learned from each other.
Title: Re: Beach Boys Fan Site
Post by: Ban n Bean on April 18, 2010, 09:49:31 PM
It may be that many are fans of whoever The Wrecking Crew played for.   :) 

An incredible combination of singing, writing, arranging, producing, AND playing.
Title: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on May 18, 2010, 07:07:36 PM
Lost Treasure Triumphantly Unearthed:

http://www.recordcollectormag.com/reviews/review-detail/5626 (http://www.recordcollectormag.com/reviews/review-detail/5626)

Reviewed by Terry Staunton

Title: Re: Record Collector Magazine - Review
Post by: 1Jay1 on June 19, 2010, 01:11:29 PM
If anyone is intrested there is a record collecter feb 1981 and there a section on jan and dean,it say 75p on the cover as i have a copy,but i m sure if you could find a back issue

Feb 1981 is the issue,well worth having as part of the jan and dean collection
Title: Re: Record Collector Magazine - Review
Post by: Bernd from Germany on June 22, 2010, 02:34:59 AM

thank you for that Link

Best wishes

Title: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on June 30, 2010, 06:34:13 PM

Il carnevale dei suoni — (Carnival of Sound)

By Francesco Paolo Ferrotti

http://www.ondarock.it/speciali/jananddean_carnival.htm (http://www.ondarock.it/speciali/jananddean_carnival.htm)

In-depth article on the album. Running it through Google Translate will give you a good sense of what the author is saying.

Title: Re: Onda Rock - Italy - Carnival of Sound
Post by: Ban n Bean on July 01, 2010, 11:45:48 AM
Here's translation link through Google: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ondarock.it%2Fspeciali%2Fjananddean_carnival.htm (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ondarock.it%2Fspeciali%2Fjananddean_carnival.htm)
Title: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on September 03, 2010, 05:05:23 PM


Rhino Handmade (www.rhino.com (http://www.rhino.com)) has released this much pondered, ambitious and ill-fated 1967 Jan & Dean project. Actually, Dean doesn’t sing [much] on the album. It’s a Jan Berry dream project. One song features his guide vocals. Other than that, we’re hearing studio artists and pals, as Jan oversees in the booth. Though he was battling the horrible physical effects of his “Dead Man’s Curve” car crash, Jan’s wizardry as a songwriter and producer remains intact. The stereo versions are especially expansive and captivating. Some bits were written or recorded pre-accident, but the bulk of the creation took place while Jan was struggling to get his injured brain functioning more fluidly. It’s amazing how much of his musical genius still shines through. Thank heavens, the project has been pieced together in this new form. “Carnival of Sound” has naturally been compared to the long lost “Smile” album from another surf music genius, Brian Wilson. “Carnival” plays as more of a grand experiment than a fully realized masterpiece. But it’s fascinating throughout. Dean Torrence’s gorgeously ‘60s-style album cover adds to the appeal. Fans will also appreciate the 16-page booklet. Cheers to Rhino for rescuing this important psych pop work from the dusty shelves. It’s available as a single CD or packaged with a vinyl album, in a hardbound gatefold jacket.

http://www.popcultureclassics.com/ (http://www.popcultureclassics.com/)

Title: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on December 03, 2010, 06:02:11 PM

NewsOK — Oklahoma:

http://www.newsok.com/rolling-stones-twilight-zone-and-apocalypse-now-among-box-sets-many-likely-to-want-to-unwrap/article/3519994?custom_click=columnist (http://www.newsok.com/rolling-stones-twilight-zone-and-apocalypse-now-among-box-sets-many-likely-to-want-to-unwrap/article/3519994?custom_click=columnist)

Title: Re: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: maryw7 on December 03, 2010, 10:38:43 PM
very nice....
Title: Re: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on December 21, 2010, 03:44:49 PM
Spin Magazine
June 2010
Jan & Dean
Carnival of Sound
Diggin' in the Crates for Untold Treasures
By Andrew Hultkrans
After a nearly fatal car crash on Los Angeles' Dead Man's Curve (earlier immortalized by a Jan & Dean hit), Jan Berry composed and arranged a batch of songs that incorporated the psychedelic strains of the day. Recorded by the legendary Wrecking Crew and session vocalists such as Glen Campbell, Berry's pocket Smile sadly never saw release. But on tracks like "Fan Tan" — with its bizarre, deceptive key changes — Berry's unique, if damaged, talents emerge.



Title: Re: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on February 01, 2011, 09:24:04 PM

The Second Disc
The Year in Reissues, Part III: The Gold Bonus Disc Awards (2010)

Blog by Mike Duquette

Carnival of Sound — Gold Bonus Disc Award Winner (Best Lost Album Reissue)

"Another project that took a considerable amount of vault-hunting was Rhino Handmade’s beautiful set honoring Jan and Dean’s lost album (actually, almost entirely the work of Jan Berry), Carnival of Sound.  And like most carnivals, it’s fun, wild and wacky! Its infectious and idiosyncratic music could only have come from Berry’s fertile imagination. Released both in a standard CD format and an LP-sized box containing the album on both vinyl and CD, Carnival of Sound’s release allowed listeners to finally experience this wonderful California psych-pop creation in a form as close as possible to Berry’s original intention, and this long-awaited release takes The Gold Bonus Disc. "

http://theseconddisc.com/2010/12/31/the-year-in-reissues-part-iii-the-gold-bonus-disc-awards/ (http://theseconddisc.com/2010/12/31/the-year-in-reissues-part-iii-the-gold-bonus-disc-awards/)

Title: Re: Reviews and Commentary
Post by: Admin on February 04, 2011, 11:32:43 AM

Best of 2010 - Reissues

David Bash
International Pop Overthrow

Carnival of Sound — #2

http://absolutepowerpop.blogspot.com/2011/01/david-bash-best-of-2010-lists-part-1.html (http://absolutepowerpop.blogspot.com/2011/01/david-bash-best-of-2010-lists-part-1.html)