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Song Cycle


Download links and information about Song Cycle by Van Dyke Parks. This album was released in 1968 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 32:47 minutes.

Artist: Van Dyke Parks
Release date: 1968
Genre: Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 12
Duration: 32:47
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No. Title Length
1. Vine Street 3:39
2. Palm Desert 3:10
3. Widow's Walk 3:12
4. Laurel Canyon Blvd (I) 0:30
5. The All Golden 3:46
6. Van Dyke Parks 0:58
7. Public Domain 2:33
8. Donovan's Colours 3:41
9. The Attic 2:59
10. Laurel Canyon Blvd (II) 1:19
11. By the People 5:53
12. Pot Pourri 1:07



On Song Cycle (1967), Van Dyke Parks creates his own micro-genre: psychedelic cinematic folk-pop. His debut album is a densely-woven sonic tapestry, blending bits of old-time movie themes, patriotic marches, Cole Porter-style cabaret tunes, sea chanteys, tangos and just about everything else from the Western musical tradition. The results are heady, confusing and often exhilarating — beneath all of his cleverness, Parks reveals a droll sense of humor and a real love for his American heritage. Adding to the dazzling swirl of his music are his complex, pun-filled lyrics, with tilted portraits of city-bound country boys (“The All Golden”), Hollywood gadabouts (“Palm Desert”) and nostalgic dreamers (“The Attic”). Especially charming is his reworking of Donovan’s “Colours” into a polychromatic instrumental suite. Hints of social commentary peek out of “Widow’s Walk” and “By The People,” though you have to listen hard to catch them amidst the odd arrangements. The album takes some effort to get into — and needless to say, it wasn’t a commercial success. But this rich soufflé of sweet melodies, cryptic words and quirky orchestrations is truly like no other musical work of the last 40 years. Song Cycle is quite a ride.