Van Dyke Parks's Song Cycle (33 1/3 Series)

Van Dyke Parks's Song Cycle (33 1/3 Series)

Richard Henderson


Posing extra riddles than the typical sphinx, with its decipherable solutions pointing someplace darkish, tune Cycle used to be something yet passive. I had already witnessed hippie bands fiddling with their backs to the corridor, so the idea of past due '60s musicians being drawn to their viewers struck me as an idea bordering on innovative. The debut album from songwriter and pianist Van Dyke Parks, tune Cycle first seemed in 1968 on Warner Brothers documents. Its twelve songs led listeners via Joycean wordplay and sound collages to bare messages of dissent and private loss, at odds with Parks' buoyant, riotously eclectic track. Monumentally formidable and both pricey, track Cycle resembled a movie - in all likelihood Citizen Kane - greater than the pop song of its day; like Kane, Parks' masterwork used to be cherished through critics but all yet missed through paying buyers. In his efforts to plumb the mysteries of this quixotic checklist and its next destiny, Richard Henderson interviews a number of of the foremost figures concerned with track Cycle, particularly Parks himself and manufacturer Lenny Waronker.

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