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Posted by: JJay1234 from: Atlanta, GA on
This album was actually released in June of 1966, just 2 months after Jan Berry's near-fatal car accident in April of the same year.
The album was inspired by the single of the same name that reached #25 on the Pop charts. The song "Popsicle" appeared on the "Drag City" LP in 1963 as an 'LP only' track.
After Jan's car accident, Liberty Records (now EMI) wanted to release the last single that Jan Berry had completed, 'Norwegian Wood', a cover of a cover of a Lennon/McCartney song (already on the charts by the group The Silkie). This track was set to be the A-Side of the single.
Dean Torrence knew that there was NO chance of their version of 'Norwegian Wood' becoming a hit, so Dean begged the suits at Liberty to let him pick the "B" side. They relented, and he re-mixed the 1963 version of "Popsicle" which he felt had the most potential as a hit from their earlier albums.
When the Promo records were printed and ready to be sent out to radio stations, Dean Torrence sat in the mail room and stamped the "Popsicle" side of the 45, which meant "This is the A-Side". He also sent a note along with the record that read to the effect of "Look, once again the suits have made the wrong decision picking 'Wood' as the A-Side, please play 'Popsicle' instead".
DJ's began playing 'Popsicle', and by June of '66, 'Popsicle' was a hit, and Liberty decided to throw a quick LP together to take advantage of the new wave of interest in Jan & Dean after Jan's accident.
This CD is available as a two-fer with the "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" on the same disc (with 2 bonus tracks) released by One-Way Records (another EMI division) for the same price, which is by far a better deal than this disc.
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