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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Happy Christmas
« on: December 24, 2021, 08:17:57 AM »
Happy Christmas to all Jan and Dean fans across the world and a big thanks to Mark for his two great books.

Happy new year everyone.

« on: November 16, 2021, 12:46:57 AM »
Etsy are selling at ridiculous cost Jan and Dean 12 inch versions of Such a good night for dreaming - Palisades park, featuring vintage pin ups. They look terrible and a strange choice of songs. Does anyone know who is doing them and why?

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

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?

« 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.

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...

I see that the publisher  McFarland have a cover picture and are taking pre-orders. Can't wait.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Dean touring
« on: September 06, 2020, 04:01:14 AM »
Hi Everyone
Here in the UK, Covid has ripped into live performances but looking at Dean's website and hid Facebook page, well prior to the pandemic he seems to have stopped performing. I don't ever remember seeing an official announcement.

Any ideas?

This is a great title. Dead Man's Curve has so many symbolic / metaphorical connotations as well as being ne of Jan's greatest songs / productions / arrangements.

Can't wait.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Lockdown City
« on: July 16, 2020, 03:50:38 AM »
Hi Everyone

Everything has been very quiet during lockdown. I have been reading the Keith Moon biography - Dear Boy by Tony Fletcher.

Keith Moon was a really big surf music fan and had a record player fitted in his chauffeur driven car and blasted Jan and Dean - especially Dead Man's Curve.

He was a very idiosyncratic drummer but I think you can hear the influence of Hal Blaine (as on Jan and Dean).

Mark writes about Moon in his book.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan Berry Biography
« on: March 18, 2020, 09:47:38 AM »
Hi Mark

On the 'new' but as it turned out temporary website you posted some information about your new biography. Are you able to update us on how its going.
I posted a question about whether it will be illustrated. I've said before how sad it is that the early sixties were just not photographed or filmed enough. I understand why but, as far as I know, there are no pictures of Jan and Brian working together and - part from the Pop Symphony shots very little of Jan in the studio.
 I've read and reread and now constantly reference the Jan and Dean Record which is an outstanding example of intelligent research. I can't wait for the next book....

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Different versions / different mixes
« on: March 09, 2020, 10:23:56 AM »
One of the intriguing aspects of Jan's production and arrangement is the variety of mixes of different songs. Some of these appear in bootlegs but some in official releases. Surf City, for example, has so many mixes - let alone mono / stereo.
Is it possible to identify a definitive version?
I Found A Girl, for example - the UK single and EP mix is very different from album and other versions.

In some instances the mix makes the song quite different.

Don't get me started on DMC.

Any thoughts?

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Happy Christmas from the UK
« on: December 24, 2019, 03:56:25 AM »
Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year to all Jan and Dean fans around the world.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / The Matadors v Sloan and Barri
« on: October 15, 2019, 11:58:40 AM »
Not as provocative as it sounds!
I just wondered if anyone had a view or a preference for the back ground vocals of the Matadors as opposed to Sloan and Barri.
S and B were clearly important songwriters for Jan and his arrangements ofthier songs are superb. That said, listening to the Surf andDrag City albums there is depth - perhaps down to the three voices of the Matadors that I don't think is as obvious with S and B. Phil's falsetto is brilliant and makes Little Old lady, Anaheim and other tracks but I love the background voices on Drag City et al.

Contractural issues / money / S&B's songwriting and vocal talents perfectly explain the change.

Not a life changing question but I'd be interested in other views. From Linda onwards Jan and Dean became a harmony vocal group rather than two singers so Agues the background vocals are a key element of their sound.

« on: July 18, 2019, 11:50:18 AM »
When asked to name my favourite Jan and Dean song I usually go for Dead Man's Curve but auditing my listening over time I keep coming back to Drag City.
The driving beat (two drummers and great rhythm guitars) and the immaculate harmonies - plus some great lyrics - it sone of Jan's best arrangements and productions.
I love the way the harmonies build uo and the way Jan layers the vocals - especially his own is incredible.
Almost impossible to do justice live - this is an outstanding studio production.

Listening to the backgrounds vocals on the oddly named From Suf City to Drag City compilation you can tell Jan and the Matadors were having a blast. And I think you can hear that listening to the record.

Great! Truly great!

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