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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Universal Coward/R&R HoF
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:23:02 PM »
  Regardless of one's assessment of "Universal Coward" - satire, dead on serious, good, bad, or ugly - this may be THE primary reason Jann Wenner has made it his life's mission to keep Jan & Dean out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Wenner doesn't care for Republicans, Surf music, or 60s L.A. pop in general. Three strikes and J&D are apparently OUT.

 Can I prove any of the above? Nope just conjecture.  ;)

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 I think Jan selected the wrong version of this tune for single release. Granted, 3:44 was a bit long for early 1965 (pre "Like a Rolling Stone") but "You've Lost That Loving Feelin'" is a bout the same length.

 IMO everything about the alternate version is superior, especially Jan's vocal.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Meeting Jan & Dean
« on: May 18, 2016, 05:44:47 PM »
  Interesting stories to share?

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CARNIVAL OF SOUND / Don't Drop It
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:09:39 PM »
 How did this track end up on the archival release of CARNIVAL OF SOUND?

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Your JAN & DEAN Collection
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:05:41 PM »
  Tell us about your Jan & Dean collections - CD, vinyl, rarities. A single CD or a full storage bin.

  Here's mine, all CD:

 1) 10 BEST SERIES - Jan & Dean's Greatest Hits
 2) ALL THE HITS - SURF CITY TO DRAG CITY
 3) DRAG CITY/JAN & DEAN'S POP SYMPHONY
 4) SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY
 5) CARNIVAL OF SOUND
 6) FUN CITY

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Save For a Rainy Day vs Carnival of Sound
« on: May 17, 2016, 07:46:46 PM »
  Within a year of each other, Jan & Dean made de facto solo albums as "Jan & Dean" albums; both records languished in undeserved obscurity for decades. Which do you prefer?

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Fun City Compilation
« on: May 24, 2015, 02:33:49 PM »
 Hi Guys

  I recently bought a Jan & Dean CD called FUN CITY, a K-Tel product compiling Jan Berry and Jan & Dean recordings from the 70s and 80s. Most of it is rather decent - I still think "Ocean Park Angel" could have been a Top 40 hit.

 Did Jan & Dean ever incorporate any of these tunes into their live act with second wave 1978 - onward? I never saw the duo live, but I would have rather heard a few of these than say "Help Me Rhonda".

 Tracks:
 
 1)   Fun City - J & D
 2)   Don't You Just Know It - Jan & Brian Wilson
 3)   How How I Love Her - Jan
 4)   Just One of Those Days - J & D
 5)   Sing Sang a Song - Jan
 6)   That's the Way It Is - Jan
 7)   Skateboard Surfin' USA - Jan
 8)   Little Queenie - Jan
 9)   Hot Lookin' Lady - J & D
 10) Blue Moon - Jan
 11) Totally Wild - J & D
 12) Tinsel Town - Jan
 13) The Best Love Ever - J & D
 14) Hawaiian Mirage - J & D
 15) Ocean Park Angel - J & D

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / What If ?
« on: June 29, 2014, 04:28:25 PM »
  Where were Jan & Dean headed, as an artistic entity and commercial force, in early 1966? What do you see happening to the duo, if in some alternate universe, the events of April 12 1966 never occurred? No crash on Dead Man's Curve, Jan healthy.

  I have a couple of theories. Singles sales/chart positions were down after the heady success of 1963-64. Were they tapped out as a hit singles act? Would Jan have gone forward as a solo act?

  It's also likely that Jan was headed toward CARNIVAL OF SOUND. It would have probably been fully realized, recorded, and released sometime in 1967.

 As it is, we'll never know. Just idle speculation on a Sunday evening.

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Jan & Dean Boxed Set
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:14:46 PM »
 As many bands have received the box set treatment since the dawn of the CD age, it seems like Jan & Dean are definitely overdue for such a release. Maybe a 3 disc set including all the hits both doo-wop and surf along with a generous selection of the comedy stuff, post accident recordings including 80s rarities like "Ocean Park Angel", etc. Add some quality liner notes (Greil Marcus/Dave Marsh) and we'd have a set that would do much to spread the word that Jan was a first rate talent in his heyday.

 

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Ocean Park Angel
« on: May 25, 2014, 09:45:45 AM »
  Good Afternoon Friends-

 I heard this tune on You Tube and thought it sounded like a hit. My knowledge of latter day Jan & Dean recordings is rudimentary. Can anyone fill me in about the circumstances surrounding "Ocean Park Angel"? After hearing I had a flash of Jan & Dean plugging the record on early 80's SOLID GOLD. Too bad it didn't actually happen!

 Thx,
 Steve

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