Orange Crate Art

Orange Crate Art

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by Brian Wilson
     
 

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Brian Wilson enlisted Van Dyke Parks as his collaborator for SMiLE, the follow-up to the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds. One single, "Heroes and Villains," was released from the sessions and became a hit, but the rest of the album remained on the shelves. Over the years, the legend of SMiLE continued to

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Brian Wilson enlisted Van Dyke Parks as his collaborator for SMiLE, the follow-up to the Beach Boys' groundbreaking album Pet Sounds. One single, "Heroes and Villains," was released from the sessions and became a hit, but the rest of the album remained on the shelves. Over the years, the legend of SMiLE continued to grow, as bootlegs circulated and selected songs were recorded by the Beach Boys (including "Sail on Sailor," from 1973's Holland). Parks and Wilson didn't work again until 1995, nearly 30 years after the SMiLE sessions. However, the resulting album, Orange Crate Art, isn't quite a collaboration -- it's a collection of Parks songs as sung by Wilson. Van Dyke Parks' approach is intellectual, not instinctual, which means his compositions are complex; similarly, his lyrics are dense and laden with poetic imagery and metaphors. Then again, Orange Crate Art isn't a pop album -- it's a self-conscious work of art.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/1995
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624542728
catalogNumber:
45427

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Performance Credits

Brian Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Track Performer
Chilli Charles   Percussion,Drums
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Richard Greene   Violin
Sid Page   Concert Master
David McKelvy   Harmonica
Johnny Britt   Background Vocals
Dennis Budimir   Guitar,Mandolin
Bernie Dresel   Percussion,Drums
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Grant Geissman   Guitar,Mandolin
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Danny Hutton   Background Vocals
Ira Ingber   Guitar,Mandolin
David Joyce   Background Vocals
Doug Lacy   Background Vocals
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Terrence Schonig   Hammered Dulcimer
Carl Sealove   Electric Bass
Fred Tackett   Guitar,Mandolin
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Producer
Britt Bacon   Engineer
Ken Deranteriasian   Engineer
Clark Germain   Engineer
Murray McFadden   Engineer
Brian Soucy   Engineer
Andy Waterman   Engineer

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Orange Crate Art 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love this country full of a romantic spirit touched with some melancholy, and if you love lush orchestrations, complex tricky-funny lyrics, and Brian Wilson harmonies...What? You thought I was going to recommend SMILE or Pet Sounds? Of course, but then, I say, buy this CD too. It's one of the few song cycles to which I can listen repeatedly and pick up more each time. This musical work also dedicated to the essential elements of California: the mystery behind its name, the water, the hills, the variety of cultures and creators, the adventure, the incessant need to get away from its intensity, and the truth that one's hopeful heart will be broken and redeemed. It is a complete package, wrapped musically and visually. At the end of the cycle you can look forward to covering yourself safely at bedtime in a rarely heard syncopated lullabye by Gershwin. And in the morning treat yourself by viewing actual orange crate art depicted throughout the folder, as background to the lyrics. Van Dyke Parks is one of the true originals in the same talented hall with Randy Newman. Brian Wilson occupies his own hall. Together they share a passion that works all the way through. To paraphrase Duke Ellington, this muscial travelogue is good because it sounds good.