3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Gershwin has a pile-up on Laurel Canyon,
By A Customer
This review is from: Song Cycle (Audio CD)
From listening to this album I think that Van Dyke Parks is the sort of man many people would shy away from in supermarkets. He collaborated with Brian Wilson and the Byrds on some of the best songs they ever did, and still he made "Song Cycle" highly original. It sounds beautifully soothing and flowing, and sounds like a natural expression of his mind, but his mind is a playful child with a vividly strange imagination. It is a tragedy that Capitol had to increase the profile of this album by giving away coupons in US music papers so you could "buy one, get one free". In a soundbite, like Jonathan from Mercury Rev singing in front of the Magic Band, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Gershwin, whilst some incredibly elliptical songs fall out of the air. Don't avoid Van Dyke Parks next time you're holding your ticket at the fish counter.