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Moonlighting: Live At The Ash Grove [Live]

Van Dyke Parks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002NE9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Jump! 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Orange Crate Art 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wings Of A Dove 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sail Away 6:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Night In The Tropics 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. FDR In Trinidad 4:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Danza 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cowboy 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Delta Queen Waltz 4:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. C-H-I-C-K-E-N 4:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The All Golden 1:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hominy Grove 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sailin' Shoes 3:560.79  Buy MP3 

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Parks has always been a moonlighter, producing albums by Little Feat and Randy Newman, writing arrangements for U2 and Victoria Williams, and composing film scores. He's also recorded half a dozen albums on his own, but he's spent most of his career in the shadow of an early failed collaboration: his work as lyricist for Brian Wilson's epic '60s disaster, Smile. Moonlighting, a live recording taken from a 1996 performance, places him in the spotlight's full glare. There may be a 17-piece band behind him, but Parks sings (by his own admission badly) and plays piano throughout, displaying the personality a bitter environmentalist one moment, and then self-assured professor the next-that drives the album.

Though he's lived in California since the '60s, Parks was born in Mississippi and even without the drawl he remains a Southerner. That he's a sentimentalist is evident in the Br'er Rabbit-inspired "Jump!" and "Hominy Grove," but he also has an intellectual's appreciation for the past. Occasionally, this leads him astray; listen to his stilted version of Uncle Dave Macon's old folk tune, "C-H-I-C-K-E-N." More often it feels right, especially on a lovely orchestral remake of John Hartford's "Delta Queen Waltz" and a pair of instrumentals inspired by the 19th-century New Orleans composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Moonlighting is a welcome anachronism, with its star reading a Robert Frost poem, singing a song about FDR's trip to the Caribbean before cruiseships, and reinventing Little Feat's "Sailin' Shoes" as a slide-guitar-and-strings art song. Between songs, Parks admits, "This isn't a franchise operation, folks." Thank God for that, not to mention Parks's thin voice and slightly misshapen heart. --Keith Moerer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't agree more 7 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Couldn't agree more with the previous reviewer. This is an uplifting collection. And note Dan Hicks fans: that's symphony-Sid Page the concert master, (whom Parks claims to have met "on the pier". A likely story).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting! 23 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I didn't think they made records like this anymore. Real music played by real musicians on real instruments. Quirkily written and arranged, deftly played, and with rambling but somehow sharply observed stage banter (Favourite quote: "Remember the old maxim: Think Yiddish, speak British."). Extreme genre-jumping, but it all is bound together by Parks' idiosyncratic musical logic. Probably the only record where you can hear Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Lowell George covered. He also manages to get his conservatory trained string players to join in on the chorus of C-h-i-c-k-e-n, a silly children's song that's turned into a funky, string-driven hoedown. Personal high-point: The songs from his mid-80s album "Jump!". If there's a remake of Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer, look no further for soundtrack music. Sweetly innocent, but low cholesterol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning VDP alternative 'Greatest Hits' 21 Nov 2013
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I absolutely love this recording. It sounds great. The set-list is a real tour of Van Dyke Parks' back catalogue and his personal passions. His between-song verbal interjections are full of bitter sweet contemplations on the music business and his strange relationship with it, but you simply cannot fail to be moved by his integrity and steadfastness. Doesn't sound like there are many in the audience, but still VDP puts a full ensemble on stage with him, and he is in particularly good voice too. Self-effacing, of course, he cleverly draws you into his world and leaves you wanting to discover more about not just his own work but the composers and songwriters from which he draws inspiration. This CD would make a great sampler for those unfamiliar with his eclectic back-catalogue while also giving you a pretty clear insight into the genius himself. I have found this to be a very affecting recording and it'll make you smile and warm your heart - something of a rare gem, indeed. Guilty as charged.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a world of aluminum and plastic, this is polished wood. 18 Oct 1999
By R. Claster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one beautiful album. Ain't nothing synthetic here... just brilliantly crafted and executed music, played by real people on real instruments. Van Dyke is an American Treasure, and should be celebrated as such. Buying and reveling in this album is a good way to start.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 7 Nov 2002
By allismile0 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
fantastic orchestration, shimmering sound quality, and songs that have peculiar but most graceful melodies. Van Dyke Parks has been a behind the scenes guy adding so much to bands as varied as The Beach Boys to U2; but his gift of translating others' songs as well as writing gorgous melodies is distinctly original.
Moonlighting, works as a sort of best-of, covering most of his solo career. Along with great performances, he also spins some history of each song telling a bit of where the inspiration came from, all adding to his unique southern charm. If you enjoy tin pan alley music this is a great album to add to your collection.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A National Treasure 26 May 2002
By Bernard Perusse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With five albums that have very little in common, it would have been almost impossible to find a proper introduction to the music of Van Dyke Parks - until now. More than any of his previous releases, this disc explains why Parks's fans are so loyal. Almost tearfully melodic, these compositions --- both his and the obscure ones settled in the public domain --- bring you back, dreamike, to another era. The rearranged Orange Crate Art and Sailin' Shoes are highlights. If you care at all, you'll never be able to remove this from the CD player.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Dyke Parks at his best 29 Jun 2008
By Paul Kilduff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Van Dyke Parks since "Song Cycle." It's hard to get people to like his music, though, because his voice is considered irritating by most people. About the first 20 times I heard it, I hated it too. But I had a friend who was really into it, and he kept playing the damned thing. Finally, I started to get it, with "Donovan's Colours." I then gradually came to like the other songs, and now it's one of my all-time favorite albums.

"Moonlighting" is a concert -- man would I like to go to a Van Dyke Parks conert!! -- his voice sounds much, much better in concert than it does in studio recordings. This is a very playful, pretty performance.

I guess VDP is known for his lush, complicated arrangements -- he loves his violins, and many of his orchestrations feature a harp (kind of a neglected instrument). Of course the other thing he's known for is his collaboration with Brian Wilson, which resulted in an album, and ultimately came to a bad end before "Smile" could be produced. He wrote the words to "Heroes and Villains" -- those lyrics are characteristic of his style of writing words, I think.

If you want to try out Van Dyke Parks, I don't think there's a better way to do it than "Moonlighting." This is a very entertaining collection of songs, beautifully orchestrated, and sung really quite pleasantly by the man himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now we know why... 16 Feb 2012
By Ted Nite - Published on Amazon.com
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the greatest unreleased album of all time album SMILE was penned by the great VD Parks... The more I hear of his unique work the more amazed I become ...Ive never really heard anything like it...is pure Americana but its not folk its not rock its just simply solid solid stuff...No wonder I cant stop listening to Smile. Possibly one of the most under the radar talents in modern US music history. His lyrical abilities are simple and stunningly complex at times.... no wonder he and Wilson worked so well together. I urge Beach Boy fans to immerse yourself in SMILE and the lyrical capabilities of Mr Parks. During some of the Smile sessions it was said Parks words just effortlessly flew off the pen as Wilson composed right alongside. Good stuff here on his own solo material which has its own SMILE like characteristics. The sound quality is excellent. Btw VDP is absolutely hysterical during the "in betweens" the production quality of this album is great. I think he should do stand up comedy he could easily pull it off.
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