Friday, November 4

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle (1967)

Wikipedia - "Song Cycle is the debut album by American recording artist Van Dyke Parks, released in December 1967 by Warner Bros. Records. It mixes a number of genres, including bluegrass, ragtime, and show tunes – framing classical styles in the context of 1960s pop music. Upon its release, Song Cycle was largely raved by critics despite lukewarm sales, and later gained status as a cult album. With the exception of three cover songs, Song Cycle was written and composed by Parks, while its production was credited to future Warner Bros. Records president Lenny Waronker. The album's material explores unconventional song structures, and lyrically focuses on American history and culture. ..."
Guardian - Van Dyke Parks: 'I was victimised by Brian Wilson's buffoonery'
GENIUS (Video)
YouTube: Song Cycle 32:52

2012 July: Van Dyke Parks, 2015 December: Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove (1998)