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The Most Overlooked, Underappreciated Album Ever

Intelligent writing, billiant arrangements, thematically captivating. Parks deserves all of these superlatives. One should purchase this in its entirety to really appreciate it. I'm not convinced that "Bing Crosby" is, as Itunes claims, really a tribute to the crooning wife and child beater. Perhaps I'm reading into it, but I sense a bit of tongue and cheek. La Dee Da Dee Da.

and their names are golden...

Mos' def' the most overlooked album of the late, great 20th Century. A celebration of joy and happiness and brilliance and light. On a scale of 1 through 10, Discover America is a definite 12. A gem. A joy. Buy it.

A world unto itself

I've never heard an album like this one. "FDR in Trinidad" is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard, just a cosmically refracted, heavenly rock song. A mood of infectious satire oozes from this record, like the chant about cocaine in "Sailin' Shoes." It's music that's really thought about the irony of music. Much like Song Cycle, there's a cinematic framing to the Trinidad pop sound found within. An absolute joy.


Born: January 3, 1941 in Hattiesburg, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In a field where the term "genius" is handed out freely, Van Dyke Parks is the real article. As a session musician, composer, arranger, lyricist, and singer, he's contributed significantly to several decades' worth of inimitable masterpieces credited to other artists, as well as generating two or three masterpieces of his own. Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1941, he was a musical prodigy and attended the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. He studied the clarinet and also worked...
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