Saturday, April 29

Orange Crate Art - Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks (1995)

"With his snowy white hair, neat moustache and spectacles that sit low on his nose, Van Dyke Parks may look like a kindly shoemaker from a fairytale but don't mistake him for a soft touch. Between songs at the Borderline in London, the 70-year-old mocks rock critics who apply words such as 'smarmy, quirky, idiosyncratic: adjectives that have lost their special charm to me'. When we meet in an empty hotel dining room the next day, he peers over his glasses and says: 'Inevitably you will want to use the word eccentric in your writing. If you run out of quirky.' Parks falls prey to such reductive shorthand because his career defies categorisation. He is best known for co-writing the Beach Boys' ill-fated Smile with Brian Wilson in 1966, an album that wasn't completed for another 38 years. ..."
Guardian - Van Dyke Parks: 'I was victimised by Brian Wilson's buffoonery'
W - Orange Crate Art
Orange Crate Art (Video)
NY Times: ‘Smile’ and Other Difficulties
Genius (Video)
YouTube: Van Dyke Parks --- Orange crate art (Live), Sail away (Live)
YouTube: Orange Crate Art 12 Video

2012 July: Van Dyke Parks, 2015 December: Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove (1998), 2016 November: Song Cycle (1967), 2017 March: Jump! (1984), 2010 July: Pet Sounds, 2013 October: The Pet Sounds Sessions, 2014 June: Smiley Smile: Best Album Ever, 2016 July: Enter Brian Wilson’s Creative Process While Making The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds 50 Years Ago: A Fly-on-the Wall View