Filet Of Soul - "A Live One" was an album that could have been much much more. It was presented to EMI on three occasions by Jan & Dean, and each time it was rejected. The idea was simple, Jan & Dean wanted to record a comedy album. In it's original form the album was full of sound-effects, jokes and records speeding-up among other things. In it's original form it was a fantastic album, in it's released form it was a half-hearted attempt to cash in on the Jan & Dean name. It was literally cut-to-shreds in it's released form, and half the album was not even live! On top of that, the album was released in different territories with different tracks, the most notable being a different version of Norwegian Wood on various versions!
So, to the album in it's released form. It kicks off with one of Jan's most inferior versions of Norwegian Wood! Jan recorded a number of versions of this song, and the version that kicks off with Jan saying "Norway" is by far the best version, which is not found on LP, only the single release! Also, the album uses the early version of Dead Man's Curve on some version and the later version on others!
The rest of the album is made up of a mish-mash of hit and miss songs, including Gonna Hustle You, an early version of The New Girl In School! The saving grace of this album is the final track Everybody Love's A Clown, a great rendition of the Gary Lewis & The Playboys version.
If you ever get the chance to hear the original version of this album then please check that out. The released version is listenable yet could have been alot more if it had been left to Jan & Dean to release what they want!