Van Dyke Parks' 'Song Cycle' (33 1/3 Series)
- Narrated by: Marc Vietor
- Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 26-07-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
The debut album from songwriter and pianist Van Dyke Parks, Song Cycle first appeared in 1968 on Warner Brothers Records. Its twelve songs led listeners through Joycean wordplay and sound collages to reveal messages of dissent and personal loss, at odds with Parks' buoyant, riotously eclectic music. Monumentally ambitious and equally expensive, Song Cycle resembled a film — possibly Citizen Kane — more than the pop music of its day; like Kane, Parks' masterwork was adored by critics yet all but ignored by paying customers.
In his efforts to plumb the mysteries of this quixotic record and its subsequent fate, Richard Henderson interviews several of the key figures involved with Song Cycle, notably Parks himself and producer Lenny Waronker.
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By karltonwrites on 11-09-12
Good Overview of an Oft-overlooked Classic
Very good overview of the album Song Cycle and ultimately the strange career of Van Dyke Parks. This is my second book in the 33 1/3 Series (it far surpasses the other I read on OK Computer), and Richard Henderson's love for the album is infectious and seems genuine.
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