A certified genius of American music, the prodigiously talented musician, composer, arranger, lyricist, and vocalist Van Dyke Parks is responsible for records that see modern pop elevated to levels normally reserved for the classical masters. A child prodigy and sometime actor, Parks is most acclaimed for his work with the Beach Boys ( the fabled SMiLE sessions) and Brian Wilson and his own solo masterpieces, such as 1968's Song Cycle and 1972?s discover America. But Parks also arranged for or appeared on pivotal recordings by the Byrds, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Sonny & Cher, Judy Collins, Tim Buckley, and many others. Heavily Baroque, highly literate, and sweeping in scope, the music of Van Dyke Parks will surely resonate with fans of such similarly ambitious acts as the Millennium and Sagittarius and contemporary artists like Rufus Wainwright and Antony & the Johnsons.
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Parks, Van Dyke - Come To The Sunshine / Farther Along
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    Come to the sun-sounds with legendary songsmith Van Dyke Parks� jubilant masterpiece �Come to the Sunshine!� A colorful wash of coastline and courtship, this bass-and-mandolin-driven 1966 single is now presented in a new sleeve featuring a stunning photo of Parks from the era, plus liner notes by Domenic Priore.

    Parks, Van Dyke - Song Cycle LP
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    Item #: LP 5140 -

      The long-awaited release of the Beach Boys' lost '60s masterpiece Smile has introduced a new generation of listeners to the remarkable work of Van Dyke Parks, while reminding longtime admirers of his singular genius. As Smile's principal lyricist, the multi-talented Parks exercised considerable influence over that project's audacious, expansive vision. He would continue to maintain that level of artistic ambition and creative inspiration in his subsequent solo works.Although Smile would go...