Song Cycle

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Van Dyke Parks moved on from the Beach Boys' abortive SMiLE sessions to record his own solo debut, Song Cycle, an audacious and occasionally brilliant attempt to mount a fully orchestrated, classically minded work within the context of contemporary pop. As indicated by its title, Song Cycle is a thematically coherent work, one which attempts to embrace the breadth of American popular music; bluegrass, ragtime, show tunes -- nothing escapes Parks' radar, and the sheer eclecticism and individualism of his work is remarkable. Opening with "Vine Street," authored by Randy Newman another pop composer with serious classical aspirations, the album is both forward-thinking and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Van Dyke Parks moved on from the Beach Boys' abortive SMiLE sessions to record his own solo debut, Song Cycle, an audacious and occasionally brilliant attempt to mount a fully orchestrated, classically minded work within the context of contemporary pop. As indicated by its title, Song Cycle is a thematically coherent work, one which attempts to embrace the breadth of American popular music; bluegrass, ragtime, show tunes -- nothing escapes Parks' radar, and the sheer eclecticism and individualism of his work is remarkable. Opening with "Vine Street," authored by Randy Newman another pop composer with serious classical aspirations, the album is both forward-thinking and backward-minded, a collision of bygone musical styles with the progressive sensibilities of the late '60s; while occasionally overambitious and at times insufferably coy, it's nevertheless a one-of-a-kind record, the product of true inspiration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Ada
  • UPC: 075992585620
  • Catalog Number: 25856
  • Sales rank: 44,669

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vine Street (3:40)
  2. 2 Palm Desert (3:07)
  3. 3 Widow's Walk (3:13)
  4. 4 Laurel Canyon Blvd (0:28)
  5. 5 The All Golden (3:46)
  6. 6 Van Dyke Parks (0:57)
  7. 7 Public Domain (2:34)
  8. 8 Donovan's Colours (3:38)
  9. 9 The Attic (2:56)
  10. 10 Laurel Canyon Blvd (1:19)
  11. 11 By the People (5:53)
  12. 12 Pot Pourri (1:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Dyke Parks Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Piano
Ron Elliott Guitar
Randy Newman Piano
Ted Nash Reeds, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Don Bagley Strings, Choir, Chorus
Lyle Ritz Strings, Choir, Chorus
Tony Rizzi Strings, Choir, Chorus
James Hendricks Choir, Chorus
Philip Goldberg Strings
Jim Gordon Percussion
Hal Blaine Percussion
Billie Barnum Choir, Chorus
Norman Benno Reeds, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Chuck Berghofer Strings
Harry Bluestone Strings
Samuel Boghossian Strings
Dennis Budimir Strings, Choir, Chorus
Gary Coleman Percussion
Jesse Ehrlich Strings
George Fields Reeds, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Carl Fortina Accordion
Frederick Seykora Strings, Choir, Chorus
Nathan Gershman Strings, Choir, Chorus
William Green Reeds, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Jim Horn Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Richard Hyde Brass
Kirby Johnson Conductor
Armand Karpoff Strings
William Kurash Strings
Virginia Majewski Viola
Leonard Malarsky Strings, Choir, Chorus
Jay Migliori Reeds, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Earl Palmer Percussion
Richard Perissi Brass
Jerome Reisler Strings
Allan Reuss Balalaika
Julia Rinker Choir, Chorus
Paul Robbins Choir, Chorus
Dick Rosmini Guitar
Ralph Schaeffer Strings, Choir, Chorus
Leonard Selic Strings, Choir, Chorus
Tommy Tedesco Balalaika
Darrel Terwilliger Strings, Choir, Chorus
Robert West Strings, Choir, Chorus
Nick Woods Choir, Chorus
Vincent DeRosa Brass
Gayle Levant Harp
Joseph Saxon Strings, Choir, Chorus
Gregory Bemko Strings, Choir, Chorus
Charles Berghoffer Strings
Nicolai Bolin Balalaika
Joseph Ditullio Strings
Misha Goodatieff Violin
Vanessa Hendricks Choir, Chorus
William Nadel Balalaika
Vasil Orienica Balalaika
Durrie Parks Choir, Chorus
Orville Rhodes Strings, Choir, Chorus
Leon Stewart Balalaika
James R. Horn Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Thomas Z. Shepard Brass
Arthur Briegleb Brass
Vasil Crienica Balalaika
Gerri Engemann Choir, Chorus
Karen Gunderson Choir, Chorus
Gaile Parks Choir, Chorus
Dennis Budimer Strings
Thomas Shepard Brass
Thomas Scott Reeds, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Thomas Morgan Reeds, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Technical Credits
Steve Young Contributor
Randy Newman Arranger
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Tom Wilkes Illustrations
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