Van Dyke Parks' early singles

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does anyone own or has anyone heard the first handful of van dyke parks singles - the "number nine" and "come to the sunshine" 7" singles, "the eagle and me" 7", and the versions of "donovan's colours" under the george washington brown alias? tell me more about these records. i'm in a huge van dyke parks phase at the moment.
i heard o'rourke & grubbs wanted to reissue these singles but parks politely declined.
wish i could find them somehow (does anyone have 'em on a format that can be transferred to cdr...)

jwd, Friday, 27 February 2004 11:46 (sixteen years ago) link

'eagle and me' is on the rykodisc cd.
oh it's a jolly 'oliday wiv mary...

Enrique (Enrique), Friday, 27 February 2004 11:52 (sixteen years ago) link

...the Rykodisc 'Song Cycle' reissue. And it's fab.

The others sound interesting...

Jim Robinson (Original Miscreant), Friday, 27 February 2004 20:11 (sixteen years ago) link

There's a Ryko Song Cycle reissue? When did that come out?

Broheems (diamond), Friday, 27 February 2004 20:18 (sixteen years ago) link

...and what else is on it?

Broheems (diamond), Friday, 27 February 2004 20:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Extras: just Eagle and Me.

N.B. No mention of this album on the Ryko site for some reason.

Jim Robinson (Original Miscreant), Friday, 27 February 2004 20:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah - I only have the crappy sounding Reprise (is it?) CD. Would love to know more about this Ryko one.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Friday, 27 February 2004 21:03 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
I only know Eagle and Me and Come to the Sunshine. Sunshine is kinda like the second part of Vine Street but without all the twists and turns and a more Beatlesy feel that isn't really present to these ears on anything else from the Song Cycle era releases.

from The ends of your fingers (prosper.strummer.), Sunday, 30 July 2006 15:08 (thirteen years ago) link

is the Reprise CD that much crappier sounding really ? the original lp is an extraordinary production sound for the '60s ..

so, does the Reprise CD fail to capture that original sound or is it that the Ryko expands the sound for modern stereos ? can we really call the reprise CD 'crappy' ? does it fail to deliver the original '60s production ?

which is it ?

george gosset (gegoss), Sunday, 30 July 2006 16:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I used to always be looking for these singles. Never found 'em.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Sunday, 30 July 2006 16:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I can yousendit them to you if you want. The two I mentioned.

from The ends of your fingers (prosper.strummer.), Sunday, 30 July 2006 17:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I would also like to hear these singles.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 30 July 2006 21:56 (thirteen years ago) link

I would love to hear those - thanks.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Sunday, 30 July 2006 22:03 (thirteen years ago) link

me, too, please

RJG (RJG), Sunday, 30 July 2006 22:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah, yes -- the post-YSI "YSI!" thread at ILM.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 31 July 2006 00:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I uploaded the MGM sides to a Beach Boys-related message board a couple of years ago and was told by Parks' webmaster to take 'em down immediately. For some reason he seems to be terribly ashamed of the two MGM 45s, recordings which I think are his best work. Briefly: Number Nine is "Ode To Joy" from Beethoven's 9th in a pop/baroque setting, its b-side "Do What You Wanta" is a motown-esque stomper (no, it really is!!) and is truly awesome. Come To The Sunshine is the number covered by Harpers Bizarre; it's always felt a little too overcooked to me; too showy. "Farther Along" is more gentle and easy to like, and bears the writing credit "Hopi Indians" (is it a traditional folk tune?).

As for the non-LP singles on Warners, "Donovan's Colours" is simply a mono remix of the "Song Cycle" album track, while the b-side is a re-edit. "The Eagle & Me" and its flip "On The Rolling Sea When Jesus Speaks To Me" are both -I think- traditional tunes (certainly neither are Parks compositions). Musically speaking, they join the dots nicely between Song Cycle and Discover America; widescreen yet homespun.

Perhaps I'll take the bull by the horns & risk suffering the wrath of again by uploading/YSI-ing these somewhere.

harvey.w (harvey.w), Monday, 31 July 2006 08:31 (thirteen years ago) link should give you Come to the Sunshine.

from The ends of your fingers (prosper.strummer.), Monday, 31 July 2006 09:31 (thirteen years ago) link

six years pass...

anything goes and high coin are the best imo

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 23 May 2013 17:30 (seven years ago) link

we're in the high times baby/where words are lost and tempests tossed and lemon lime

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Thursday, 23 May 2013 17:33 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

so you can buy cd and vinyl of Arrangements Vol 1. but can only stream/download 4 songs...probably due to licensing issues. Anybody want to help me out?

dan selzer, Monday, 6 April 2020 04:39 (one month ago) link


Deflatormouse, Monday, 6 April 2020 05:01 (one month ago) link

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