Coming across a 100% album isn’t very easy to do. On first listen of Song Cycle, it’s pure perfection blinded me. There’s not a single note I would change or a track I’d skip. Solid gold.
Parks was only 23 when he was asked by Brian Wilson to work on the famed Smile album with him. He pumped out “Heroes and Villains”, “Surf’s Up” (one of the best songs ever written), and many others with Wilson. After leaving the project, he went to write his first solo project Song Cycle at age 25; one of the most expensive albums ever recorded.
Give it a listen, and go buy it. You can get some great 180g analog master pressings on eBay.
Van Dyke Parks – Palm Desert[audio:van_dyke_parks-palm_desert.mp3]
Van Dyke Parks – All Golden[audio:van_dyke_parks-all_golden.mp3]
Van Dyke Parks – Public Domain[audio:van_dyke_parks-public_domain.mp3]
“I should think he’d fade away; the way that bohemians often bare the frigid air.”