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A true listening pleasure,
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This review is from: Songs Cycled (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 23 May 2013 20:00:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2013 20:01:24 BDT
I really like Tokyo Rose .... and no album can be all bad if it has a song like Out of Love! "Worst record ever made" - you do realize that includes Bryan Adams, don't you? How do you rate Jump then? Based on only one listening so far, I do agree that Songs Cycled is a lovely piece of work.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 22:22:05 BDT
Alright. Worst record I've ever bought (for myself). It was the Bryan Adams bit that made me - well - shudder. I really must think before I write.
Thanks for the comment.
Posted on 2 Nov 2014 20:47:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2014 20:48:33 GMT
N. Haddon says:
No accounting for taste is there?!? I love Tokyo Rose, can't abide Jump, and with that exception (too ornery, too Mark Twain, too 'gone with the wind' for me) love VDP's entire oevre. If you've not tried it, I highly recommend Moonlighting - Live at The Ash Grove...
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