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5.0 out of 5 stars Age hasn't diluted VDP, 13 May 2013
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This review is from: Songs Cycled [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Having heard hints of Songs Cycled live over the past couple of years, I knew there was nothing to worry about. Yet the anxiety is always there when a legend like VDP has a new release out. Especially one whose bar has been so consistently high since the mid 60's. Will it live up to (in my opinion) his 70's and early 80's heyday of Discover America & Jump? Simple answer: Yes it does. Time or age hasn't diluted Van Dyke's energy, eccentricity or sharp lyric writing wit. It also features that timeless VDP recording sound (many modern releases are so quickly dated by a modern drum sound or tinny electric piano - there is none of that here).

Having got Songs Cycled this week on vinyl (comes with a free CD of the release not mentioned at time of purchase on amazon), it hasn't left my turntable or my iPod since and yet, keeps getting better! Truly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Van Dyke hit it again., 31 Oct 2013
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I didn't expect Van Dyke Parks to make a cd with new material;. And well: here it is. It has some wonderfull songs and some - let's say - interesting (Saint Saens on steel drum....) ones. Btw The booklet is excellent, nice art work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From an alternate universe, 1 Aug 2013
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This is a whimsical set of well written, well arranged songs that is, well, just different. It has a sort of Noel Coward feeling to it, and the songs which cover a range of diverse subjects are gentle, 30-40s in flavour. As always with Van Dyke Parks, they are original and interesting. If you have sampled his earlier solo albums or the idiosyncratic Orange Crate Art CD that he did with Brian Wilson, you know what to expect. Interesting and worth the entry price.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true listening pleasure, 14 May 2013
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I once bought a Van Dyke Parks record for 1 on a market stall. Tokyo Rose. Truly the worst record ever made. I think I was done. How he can make that - having already released gems like Song Cycle, Discover America and Clang of The Yankee Reaper (all recommended) - and in later years produce a work like this astonishes me. This stands up well against anything he's made. 'Beguiling' isn't a word often used to describe music, not by me anyway, but it sums this album up. I've had it less than a week and listen to it at least twice a day. One of the most inventive and stimulating performers around, but very accessible music. The notes are a good read too. Maybe Tokyo Rose was done for a bet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marmite, 25 Jun 2013
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My wife hates it, my best friend likes it, his wife absolutely hates it but I love it. Bizarre mix of sounds and songs. Total marmite music.
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