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Brilliant news and thanks

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Hi All
Writing from the UK.
I see that the new book is now listed on the publisher's website but Amazon are still saying unavailable (both US and UK sites). I have had my copy on order since February and wondered what the issues was. I bought Mark's other book (brilliant!) through Amazon UK.


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My concern with Dean's rerecordings is that those of us advocating for Jan and Dean do so on the basis of Jan's arrangements and productions - the original multi-layered versions. Our case is diluted at best with the inferior remakes that are all over the place. The casual listener is too easily taken to these. I came to Jan and Dean initially through the singles and was blown away when I discovered the richness of the albums.I can't imagine taking the time to do that based on Dean's reworking.
I strongly contend that Jan's expertise in the studio and his use of the Wrecking Crew was a huge influence on Brian Wilson. Impossible to prove this via the remakes.
I know Dean wasn't alone in this but the versions he gave us are so inferior to the originals. I think Jan's voice - multi-tracked - is often overlooked. His phrasing and the 'punch' of his voice gives further depth to the songs.

PS Can't wait for the new book.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Altfield-gibson
« on: July 23, 2021, 12:41:25 PM »
Jill certainly has a story and a really intriguing one. I guess she is directing her creativity into her art. She is immensely talented. http://www.gibsonarts.com


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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Popsicle lp
« on: June 27, 2021, 11:31:05 AM »
From the choice of cover art!!!!!!! To the odd selection of tracks, this was a very odd album. I'm from the UK and the album wasn't released over here. I found it in a vinyl record store in London. I had to do a double take as I thought I had picked up a kid's sing along album!

Given Popsicle had made the charts as a single, it seems a real throw away!

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: freeway flyer
« on: June 27, 2021, 01:53:23 AM »
Was originally B side to From All Over the World. I can't quite place the song in the order of things. But one of my favourites.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: freeway flyer
« on: June 25, 2021, 11:47:18 AM »
Yes a great track. The background arrangements are classic. Can't believe it was just a B side.

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Just came across this 1964 French band Les Kelton's recording of The New Girl in School.

Misses Jan's production but shows the basic quality of the song.

I can find little about the group (seems to have been short lived) or chart success in France.

On You Tube

https://youtu.be/o_oKQgfDjpY

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Lossless audio
« on: June 15, 2021, 08:20:38 AM »
One of the minor themes in this message board over the years has been the way Jan and Dean's music has lost out as a result of compression issues on CDs and streaming. I had and still have almost all the vinyl albums and singles but inevitably I moved to CD and now most often listen when driving around using Apple music. (I have uploaded all my collection including the Collectors series that obviously did not have a commercial release.

The distinction between the rich and deep vinyl versions and the CDs etc is stark. Apple now have 'lossless' audio and I listened today to the Dead Man's Curve album using this. I wondered if anyone else had tried it?

It still doesn't match vinyl but I would say it improved the sound quality. Maybe it was wishful thinking - I hope not.

We were hoping for a digital version of Second Wave without the compression loss. Dare we hope that this will happen and that better still all Jan's productions will have a decent rerelease. Maybe a digital box set?

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Second Wave
« on: June 10, 2021, 08:40:58 AM »
Any news on an iTunes release?

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It looks as though the book launch has been delayed. Amazon UK were saying end of March - now July.

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My copy ordered. Can't wait.

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Hi Mark

Fantastic promo. The narrator sounds English.

Some great visuals and sounds. Brilliant work,

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Phil Spector
« on: January 18, 2021, 10:39:39 AM »
Death of Phil Spector - troubled genius. I know that Brian Wilson much admired him and he shared many of Jan's session musicians. I just wondered if Jan and Spector ever met or worked together.


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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Happy Christmas
« on: December 24, 2020, 05:44:49 AM »
Happy Christmas from the UK.

Here's hoping for a better 2021 including Mark's latest book.

Keep safe. Keep well. Burn up that quarter mile...


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