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“Following the success of his classic album reissues last year Bella Union is thrilled and honoured to announce a new album from the truly legendary composer, musician, lyricist, producer and singer Van Dyke Parks. There has been one live album and one soundtrack record in the last 24 years, but Songs Cycled contains the American’s first new material since 1989, expanding even further Parks’ pioneering, and still unique, handle on Americana with the crystal clarity of a 21st century recording. All this in Park’s 70th year, which makes Songs Cycled extremely special indeed in so many ways.” –Bella Union

Songs Cycled track-listing:
1. ‘Dreaming of Paris’ (original)
2. ‘Hold Back Time’ (re-recording of a 1995 song from the Orange Crate Art album with Brian Wilson)
3. ‘Sassafras’ (new recording, originally by Billy Edd Wheeler in 1961)
4. ‘Black Gold’ (November 30, ‘02 – a fantasy on the sinking of The Prestige, off the coast of the Bay of Biscay)
5. ‘Aquarium’ (cover of 1886 Saint-Saëns piece, an analogue recording with the Esso Trinidad Steel Band in 1971 – VDP produced their album)
6. ‘Money Is King’ (picks up where Wall Street ends, written with Growling Tiger, a.k.a.- Trinidadian Calypso musician Neville Marcano)
7. ‘Wall Street’ (original)
8. ‘The Parting Hand’ (1835 hymn from the tradition of unaccompanied choral music known as the Sacred Harp)
9. ‘The All Golden’ (new recording from VDP’s 1967album Song Cycle)
10. ‘Wedding in Madagascar’(traditional a capella folk-song, arranged and adapted by VDP)
11. ‘Missin’ Missippi’ (original)
12. ‘Amazing Graces’ (instrumental with the ‘Van Dyke Parks Orchestra’)

“For Mike, finding out that he was going to become a father was a moment when he realized that the world he was familiar with was all about to change. He went to work at his home studio outside of Los Angeles writing and recording songs that documented his life’s journey through this transformation.” –Everloving Records

Michael Andrews – Spilling A Rainbow by KPCC

Originally from San Diego, Michael Andrews (aka Elgin Park of The Greyboy Allstars) is a L.A.-based multi-faceted musician/producer/film composer who has scored music for cult classics “Donnie Darko”, “Me and You and Everyone We Know” and the TV series “Freaks and Geeks,” as well as Hollywood films like Jake Kasdan’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” and Duplass Bros.’ “Cyrus” and more, also he has collaborated with artists like Inara George and Van Dyke Parks, Brendan Benson, Gary Jules, and many others. His second solo effort “Spilling A Rainbow,” recorded at his home studio outside of Los Angeles with his fellow engineers Dan Long and Steve Kaye, is due out on August 14th via Everloving. The album includes a cover of Roy Harper’s “Forever.”

WATCH :: Michael Andrews Animated Music Video, “Bubbles In Space” under the professional production of, Joshua Hassin.

ところで、始まりにはブライアン〜ペット・サウンズのコラボレーターとしての功績があれど、ヴァン・ダイク・パークスへの敬愛の連鎖を辿ってみると、ジョアンナ・ニューサムの2ndにヴァン・ダイク・パークスを招いたジム・オルークがいて、それからジョアンナのツアーで単身オープニング・アクトを務めたロビン・ペックノルド(フリート・フォクシーズ)、ベラ・ユニオンからのヴァン・ダイクの名作3タイトル再発を祝うロンドンでのショーにペックノルドと共に参加するグリズリー・ベアのダニエル・ロッセン。これとはきっと別経路で、ヴァン・ダイクのコラボレーター、イナラ・ジョージ(ザ・バード&ザ・ビー)のダンナさんが映画監督のジェイク・カスダン(ローレンス・カスダンの息子)で、マイケル・アンドリュースが映画音楽を手がけていくきっかけになったのがジェイクの初監督作品『Zero Effect』、そしてマイケルがイナラにヴァン・ダイクを紹介され、彼女のヴァン・ダイクとのコラボ作『An Invitation』(2008) をプロデュースしたという….。 
(Mike, Don Heffington, Van Dyke – Photo by Laura Heffington.)


Stream the first song off the Grizzly Bear‘s new album, due out on September 17th/18th on Warp Records. Pre-order begins Wednesday, June 6th.


Also…. Daniel Rossen (Grizzly Bear) and Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) will join a special one-off show, at the Barbican in London with full orchestral accompaniment from the Britten Sinfonia, as guest vocalists to coincide with the long-awaited reissue of three of Van Dyke Parks‘ most visionary albums, due out in June via Bella Union.

“I’m choosing Van Dyke Parks because to my ears he is the spiritual godson of number-one American Maverick Charles Ives. If I were to turn this into a thesis, I’d argue that as Ives was steeped in marching band, spirituals and concert hall music, Parks’ ears are captured by mid-to-late 20th century stuff — including but not limited to calypso, ragtime, 60′s rock and psychedelia….. Though Parks works solely in the recorded medium and usually under the umbrella of ‘pop,’ his music is difficult enough to challenge and delight any listener.” -Owen Pallett (via WQXR)

Maverick Mixtapes: Owen Pallett
Maverick Mixtapes Streams Weekdays from March 8-30 at 2 PM

Owen Pallet was asked to make a mix, focused on Van Dyke Parks, for WQXR’s ‘Maverick Mixtapes’ series. And recently Bella Union has announced the long-awaited reissue of three classic albums by Van Dyke Parks, his first three solo albums, “Song Cycle” (1968), Discover “America” (1972) and “Clang Of The Yankee Reaper” (1975) are set to release in June, 2012.

Donovan – “Donovan’s colours” (cover by Van Dyke Parks)
Van Dyke Parks – “Sweet Trinidad”
Van Dyke Parks – “The Eagle and Me”
Harry Nilsson – “He needs me” (arr. by Van Dyke Parks; from Popeye soundtrack)
Inara George with Van Dyke Parks – “Rough Design”
Van Dyke Parks – “Palm Desert”
Van Dyke Parks – “An Invitation to Sin”
Van Dyke Parks – “Datsun Commercial”
Van Dyke Parks – “Ode to Tobago”
Sam Phillips – “Wasting my time” (arr. by Van Dyke Parks)
Louis Singer, Hy Zaret – “One Meat Ball” (perf. by Ry Cooder, arr. by Van Dyke Parks)
Van Dyke Parks – “Out on the rolling sea when Jesus speak to me”
Van Dyke Parks – “The All Golden”
Van Dyke Parks – “Money is King”
Van Dyke Parks – “Dreaming of Paris”
Van Dyke Parks – “By the people”
Van Dyke Parks – “Opportunity for Two”
Van Dyke Parks – “The Four Mills Brothers”

Biff Rose appears on bandcamp now, HERE.

from 1968′s album “The Thorn in Mrs. Rose’s Side” (Tetragrammaton, re-released on Buddha), co-written by Rose and Paul Williams. the song was covered by David Bowie on his album Hunky Dory (1971). The song was originally released by Tiny Tim on the B-side to his 1968 hit single ‘Tiptoe through the Tulips.’

from 1969′s album “Children of Light” (Tetragrammaton, re-released on Buddha), featuring Van Dyke Parks on Moog.

RIYL: Tiny Tim, David Bowie, John Simon, Randy Newman, Paul Williams, Ian Whitcomb ….

Taken from Anika‘s “No One’s There” (Digital 3 Track EP), recorded with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. Stream/Purchase the EP through her bandcamp page.

The song ‘He Needs Me’ was written by Harry Nilsson for Robert Altman’s 1980 film “Popeye,” film score by Van Dyke Parks. Also it was featured years later in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 film “Punch-Drunk Love.”


Shelley Duvall – He needs me (demo)

Percy Grainger – Mock Morris
Original Footage: Charles Cozens Spencer’s 1910 film “Marvellous Melbourne (Australia): Queen City of the South” courtesy of
Music: Percy Grainger’s “Mock Morris” also published in 1910. This track is from the movie “Howards End” recorded in 1991 Twickenham Studios, Petersham. Conductor Harry Rabinowitz. Piano, Martin Jones. Orchestra not cited. Orchestrations b, Robert Stewart. Copyright 1992 Nimbus Records.

(An excerpt from the “Interview: Van Dyke Parks” on musicOMH.)
“When you asked if I had any influences, the answer is Percy Grainger, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Delius, Smetana, Dvořák – the guys that bring it from the streets. That’s what really interests me. I’ve always wondered at that. People have done that so well, but I like to bring it in to song form, and it’s the song form that is my gig.”

寝起きの連想:パーシー・グレインジャー ….. ヴァン・ダイク・パークス

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