↠ Song Cycle || ↠ PDF Read by ↠ Richard Henderson

By Richard Henderson | Comments: ( 428 ) | Date: ( Dec 14, 2019 )

Posing riddles than the average sphinx, with its decipherable answers pointing somewhere dark, Song Cycle was anything but passive I had already witnessed hippie bands playing with their backs to the hall, so the thought of late 60s musicians being interested in their audience struck me as a concept bordering on revolutionary.The debut album from songwriter and pianPosing riddles than the average sphinx, with its decipherable answers pointing somewhere dark, Song Cycle was anything but passive I had already witnessed hippie bands playing with their backs to the hall, so the thought of late 60s musicians being interested in their audience struck me as a concept bordering on revolutionary.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 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.


  • Title: Song Cycle
  • Author: Richard Henderson
  • ISBN: 9780826429179
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments Song Cycle

  • Tosh

    For years i have purchased and sold back my various copies of Van Dyke Park's "Song Cycle." There are albums one gets right away, and then there are others that are a total head scratcher. And for me, "Song Cycles" is an album to this day I don't have an understanding of it. Yet I keep downloading/buying this album. Mostly due to friends who swear to this album, but also there are sounds on this record that doesn't leave me. It is so eccentric, and believe me I own and love a lot of 'strange' re [...]


  • Paul Bryant

    Here’s something we can’t deny Van Dyke Parks – Brian Wilson once explained : “I had written a piece of music and it wentda da da da da da dada da da da da dada da da da da da da dada da da da da da da daaaaahand I took it to Van Dyke Parks and he immediately wroteMy children were raisedyou know they suddenly rosethey started slow long ago head to toe, healthy wealthy and wiseSo I thought this is the guy for me”By a man’s friends ye shall know him – Van Dyke played the organ on the [...]


  • Andy

    For every success story in the Los Angeles music scene there is one of obscurity, as in Emmitt Rhodes, The Electric Prunes and The Screamers, to name just a few. They're not failures, more like obscurities, and Van Dyke Parks' "Song Cycle" album is another case in point. Willfully dense, insular and enigmatic to the point of xenophobia, "Song Cycle" was the darker-cum-autistic flip side to "Pet Sounds" sunny surrealism, even carrying the relay baton passed by Brian Wilson's train whistle at the [...]


  • Paul Gleason

    Henderson's book on Song Cycle is an excellent entry in the 33 1/3 series. It's as multifaceted as Van Dyke Parks himself, covering Parks' biography, the recording process of Song Cycle (one of the best but least-listened-to records of the past century), the album's cover art, and the album's reception.I won't spoil your reading of the book by telling you all the fascinating facts that Henderson provides about Parks' life. But here's a taster: when he was a boy, Parks sang to Albert Einstein's a [...]


  • The Bookloft

    Bookseller: MarkIn 1968 Van Dyke Parks created an ambitious masterpiece of pap orchestral Americana, a cinematic musical trip to L.A. where Charles Ives meets Brian Wilson. Critics called Song Cycle "the most important, creative, and advanced pop recording since Sgt. Pepper" and "The Album of the Year," yet the public mostly ignored it. This richly detailed mini-biography of VDP, his work and world, has page after page of wonders: as a child actor on "The Honeymooners," a caroler singing "Silent [...]


  • Salt344

    A useful introduction to an iconic 1968 album and its fascinating creator.


  • Nathan

    Good stuff indeed. VDP is a musical genius, and the opening half of this book brought some interesting new perspectives, though of course, I can't ever seem to fall in love with any of the song by song descriptions. I mean, it's like putting someone else's listening experience into your brain. Still, some good excerpts within, though still sort of middle of the road for the series.


  • HTHI Reads

    "This was more interesting than some of the others in the series because both the album and the writer and old While I'm not particularly interested in the 1950s or 60s, I gained a new respect for Van Dykes Parks and The Beach Boys." --Manny (Spring '15) ****


  • Karlton

    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.


  • Robert

    Probably the most interesting fact was that Van Dyke Parks visited Malta while working on the Popeye soundtrack


  • Greg

    These little books could become a problematic habit. I have to avoid them. Sometimes I fail.


  • Jamison Spencer

    Nice entry in the series. Makes me want to track down this record I don't have.


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