Thursday, September 18, 2008

And now we come to the Beatle portion of our show

This is one of the stranger things I've posted.

In 1966, Jan & Dean had already had a long string of hits but they could tell that surf & drag songs were on the way out. In an attempt to expand their horizons, they agreed to do a TV show and even put together an LP of symphonic versions of their hits.

So the duo recorded a comedy LP called JAN & DEAN "LIVE". Their record company didn't laugh. Not only did they not laugh, the chopped up the LP and released it as a straight music LP called FILET OF SOUL. I've never heard it but the word is that the record is not very good.

A few years later, United Artists put out a two LP Jan & Dean anthology. On side 4 is twenty minutes of the original comedy LP from 1966.

It's strange, really strange.

Jan & Dean put the thing together from some live tapes. They manipulate the tape in several places, probably so they can get to the next bit of dialogue that much sooner. There's lot's of sound effects. The Firesign Theatre used the same wolf noises on "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers." The dogs at 4:45 sound a lot like Brian Wilson's dogs Louie & Banana. Which makes sense, Dean Torrance helped out on a few of the sessions after Wilson stopped touring with the Beach Boys. There's a lot of coughing. Of course, there's a few car crashes thrown in too.

Anyway, it's kinda funny in a few places. It's not something I listen to very often - I can understand why the label was against releasing it. I was a little hesitant to post it here. Did anything else sound like this in 1966?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a fan of Jan & Dean before the Beatles hit our shores. I appreciated the fact that they were savvy enough to see that the music was changing and tried to change with it. Even the Dave Clark 5 couldn't change with the times.
Is the TV show you are referring to the T.A.M.I. Show? That's excellent, and the live album of their songs on that show is pretty good. I think their Beatles covers were pretty good also, though I think the rest of that side was pretty lame.
Speaking of lame, their Batman LP should be avoided.

20/9/08 1:43 PM  

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