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CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Cover Art by Dean Torrence
« on: February 26, 2010, 06:59:37 AM »
Jan began work on "Only A Boy," "Girl, You're Blowing My Mind," "Yakety Yak," "Stay" and "In The Still Of The Night" prior to his accident. But, and Mark Moore can clarify, The name for the album was not established yet.

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Cover Art by Dean Torrence
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:46:49 PM »
The liner notes discuss this, and yes, it's clearer.

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Cover Art by Dean Torrence
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:07:32 AM »
It's really cool… Kudos to Mark Moore, Andrew Sandoval and Domenic Priore and the entire Rhni Handmade group for a well-packaged product. 

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Schlock Rod Pt1 & Pt2
« on: February 24, 2010, 12:49:56 PM »
Steve MArtin was a writer for the Smother Brothers. I've always enjoyed the J&D comedy bits, but  Dean dismisses it as being too tired to record a real song.

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Carnival of Sound - Official Release on Rhino
« on: February 11, 2010, 01:11:02 PM »
I don't quite understand the comparisons of Save For A Rainy Day and Carnival Of Sound as if the two are somehow interlocked… They're not. I think it would be interesting to combine the material of the two albums -- which I'll do for fun --- and make my very own J&D 1968 album.

Jan & Dean album #1 — Save For A Rainy Day
Yellow Balloon (single version)
Girl You're BLowing My Mind
Like A Summer Rain (single version)
Pocket Full Of Rainbows
Louisiana Man (Dean's version with quacks)
California Lullaby
Only A Boy
In The Still Of The Night
Yakety Yak
Summertime, Summertime

Jan & Dean album #2 — Carnival Of Sound
Carnival Of Sound
I Know My Mind
Laurel And Hardy
Love And Hate
Snowflakes On Laughing Gravy's Whiskers
Louisiana Man (Jan's version)

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The 1977 Re-recordings.
« on: February 11, 2010, 01:04:45 PM »
I disagree on the different standard. Dean, like Mike Love, is about capitalizing on marketability. So I suppose he's guilty of that…

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The 1977 Re-recordings.
« on: February 09, 2010, 10:28:42 AM »
It doesn't matter whether Jan made money or not. It was a huge mistake, regardless.

Jan didn't like the re-recordings. But that shouldn't be a surprise. He couldn't even stand the re-mixes of his original productions.

Really? Then why was there "Tijuana" and "Skateboard Surfin' USA"?

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: The 1977 Re-recordings.
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:20:18 AM »
I have two thoughts on this:
1) I agree that the rerecordings hurt the original material. The reason this happened in the late 1970s was because — to some degree, shape or form — the people making the "Deadman's Curve" TV movie couldn't get the rights to use the original stuff (let alone the ability to use Arnie Ginsburg's name), so Dean went and rerecorded the material. Of those songs, Dean's versions of "Teenager In Love," "Rhythm Of The Rain" and "I Only Have Eyes For You" were great!

2) Had it not been for the TV movie, the second coming of J&D would probably have never happened.

THE TAMI SHOW / Re: Jan's comments at TAMI concert.
« on: February 01, 2010, 02:13:36 PM »
Keep in mind most of the introductions were scripted with very little improvisation. Example: When Jan & Dean introduce James Brown & His Flames Dean's dressed up as a fireman and proceeds to discharge a fire extinguisher on Jan from head to toe. Great humor, very funny, and clearly scripted.

CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Re: Carnival of Sound - Official Release on Rhino
« on: January 31, 2010, 04:15:55 PM »
I'll be reviewing the Monkees set for Goldmine; it's being mailed to me this week. Also, check this out.

Check out this link for the cover of Carnival of Sound:

I'll be interviewing director Steve Binder about Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys. Lots of cool J&D screen grabs will appear in the Spring edition of ESQ, and Dean gave me a few thoughts on the show.

I promise you won't be disappointed in this release. I've been watching the advanced screener for three weeks now. Fantastic!

Unfortunately, no UK release is in Shout Factory's plans right now.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Why do you enjoy Jan & Dean?
« on: January 30, 2010, 07:46:03 AM »
We need Lori Brown on here for sure… She's a great "chick" who seldom power shifts.

ALBUMS / Re: 1966 — Filet of Soul
« on: January 29, 2010, 10:10:33 AM »
I love this album (not the released version). Filet Of Soul is incredible.  8)

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Why do you enjoy Jan & Dean?
« on: January 29, 2010, 10:04:36 AM »
Interesting topic.

Almost any group/duo that was responsible for fun, toe-tapping music, isn't viewed as a great music entity. Jan & Dean's biggest hits were between 1964-1965, and were written about pastimes of young men, changing the demographics for the duo.

During their doo wop years their following consisted mostly of young girls, but that music isn't recognizable. Most people don't even know "Baby Talk," let alone "White Tennis Sneakers" or "We Go Together." 

"Little Old Lady From Pasadena" and "Surf City" are easily their biggest hits, in part because the Beach Boys continue to perform both songs in their set list to this day. Jan & Dean came first, and Jan Berry was as good in the studio as Brian Wilson… You'll notice there are no females on this message board. Need I say more?

I'm 44 (almost 45), and I too caught onto J&D when I was 12 and 13 years old. I was a big fan of Steve Martin's too. I can remember to this day making the connection when I read that Dean O. Torrence was the graphic designer on "A Wild And Crazy Guy." When I got into the J&D catalogue I was completely into "Folk N Roll"; it's my favorite LP, but I am very fond of their humor, which in my opinion defined their later work.

I have an 8-year-old son. He loves "Popsicle" and "Tennessee." Why? I have no idea. I didn't force it upon him… He just picked it up. I think that's the answer. Don't force it. If you're trying to turn someone on to their music, play the ballads for a chick and the rockers and comedy for a buddy.  :o

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Your favourite Jan & Dean Collection?
« on: January 27, 2010, 04:11:56 PM »
I'm too bias as I was involved on the Complete Liberty Singles. I wore out the Anthology album too. Love side 4, and the booklet notes.

Would've been the best of both worlds if the Complete Liberty Singles had been released as a two record vinyl set.

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