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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Why do you enjoy Jan & Dean?
« on: January 28, 2010, 07:19:32 AM »
First and foremost, the productions are great! But I also like the singing and the humor. I think a lot of people appreciate Jan & Dean music. More and more people are starting to hear the value. Almost every surf compilation I've gotten recently at least mentions Jan as a great producer. One surf CD I bought recently mentions the 2 Beach Boys songs(Surfin Safari and Surfin USA) as underproduced,but says Surf City and Ride the Wild Surf were great productions. Overall,however, Jan still doesn't seem to get his due respect with the historians that write books.That affects how people see Jan & Dean.Maybe Mark will change that.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Your favourite Jan & Dean Collection?
« on: January 27, 2010, 08:44:51 AM »
Anthology was my first Jan & Dean collection. I absolutely wore it out.However, I have to give the Liberty Collection the edge because Anthology contained two covers of Beach Boy hits(????) instead of Jan Berry's 1965-66 productions.
How can you have other people's hits on your Anthology? and not include 2 top 30 hits from your catalog? But Dean did include some Filet of Soul on side 4 which was great!

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Carnival of Sound - Official Release on Rhino
« on: January 27, 2010, 06:19:28 AM »
Who's singing lead on that one?

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Your favourite Jan & Dean Collection?
« on: January 27, 2010, 06:18:41 AM »
I would have to agree with you Scooby. I listen to it constantly.

THE TAMI SHOW / Re: Jan's comments at TAMI concert.
« on: January 26, 2010, 07:13:07 AM »
I think Jan was referring to the fact that Jan & Dean were enjoying the wave. Jan didn't care what subject they sang about. Surfing music was in at the time, so that's what Jan & Dean did. The Beach Boys, on the other hand, were the ones that started singing about surfing. So it was more a part of their identity.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Favorite Jan vocal
« on: January 22, 2010, 12:05:15 PM »
Jan's solo part on We Go Together is one of his best. I like Jan's voice on just about all of them

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: favorite Dean vocal
« on: January 20, 2010, 11:08:21 AM »
I have to disagree. I don't think Dean had a better voice than Jan.It was different. When they were live, I thought Jan was better.On TAMI, Jan saves it for them. Neither one were awesome vocalist, which is why I think Jan's production was so important. he made those records sound great even with average singers.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / favorite Dean vocal
« on: January 17, 2010, 09:21:18 AM »
I think some of my comments about Dean on earlier threads may have been misinterpreted. I know that without Dean, there was no Jan & Dean. His humor was a major contibution to the act, but also his vocal.I'd like to submit my favorite songs with some Dean vocal leads. Baby Talk, There's a Girl, Linda, The Restless Surfer, Summer Means Fun, Yesterday, Yellow Balloon, and Like a Summer Rain.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: A Dean Biography
« on: January 15, 2010, 12:45:15 PM »
I agree!! I think Dean is a funny guy, that's all. He is responsible for a lot of the humor in Jan & Dean. I think his humor is one of his best contributions to the act. I'm not a huge fan of his productions. That's just the way I feel.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: A Dean Biography
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:41:25 AM »
I'm sorry. I'm more interested in Jan, but I'd buy Dean's biography. I'm sure it would be funny!

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: A Dean Biography
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:23:05 AM »
I know.That's why Mark is doing it.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: A Dean Biography
« on: January 12, 2010, 01:43:05 PM »
Well, we've been listening to Dean's side for a long time. I'm definitely more interested in Jan's biography.

« on: January 09, 2010, 07:54:21 AM »
I've heard several interviews with Gary Usher,P.F. Sloan, Gary Zeckley, and Brian Wilson. The one thing in common with all these interviews is that they all say that Jan Berry was one of the first producers they learned from. They all(even Brian)watched Jan work and learned from him.Yet, when I read articles not written by Mark, Jan never seems to get the credit he deserves. It seems that most surf articles are written from the perspective that Brian Wilson did everything and everyone copied him.Of course, there is no doubt that Brian started vocal surf music and all these guys(included Jan) got a lot from him. But when listening to all these great producers, Jan's name comes up as being in the forefront and inspiring them to record better records.Hal Blaine should be included as another one that states Jan's influence on music.But, again, I don't get that feeling when reading most of the music historians.
Not only was Jan very influencial during the production years, but Jan & Dean(&Arnie) influenced the California sound in the early years as well. Mike Love admits The song Surfin was a rip off of the early Jan & Dean records. Al Jardine and Bruce Johnson stated that the Beach Boys were big Jan & Arnie and Dean Fans in 1958-1961.Lets not forget the picture sleeve on We Go Together. That was Jan & Dean on the beach before "Beach Music"started. I hope you are still working on the Jan Berry biography Mark, because these things should be brought up.

SINGLES / Re: 1966 Liberty / J&D Record Co. / Magic Lamp
« on: January 06, 2010, 07:03:55 AM »
Thanks Mark. Whenever I see someone's name on a Jan & Dean record, I'm curious about what they contributed. I know Jan was always the leader, but was curious about what George contributed to the 2 or 3 albums his name is on.

As always, thanks for all you do

SINGLES / Re: 1966 Liberty / J&D Record Co. / Magic Lamp
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:30:34 PM »
Jan worked with George for Pop Symphony and after. Was this mainly for the orchestra? Jan was a very established arranger and producer at this time, so it seems funny that he would need help all of a sudden. Do you know what George was able to do to help Jan?

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