Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove

Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove

by Van Dyke ParksVan Dyke Parks


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Since Van Dyke Parks has never released a greatest hits album (okay, he's never had any hits) in the U.S., this long-overdue concert album, which draws on material from his studio recordings dating back to 1968's Song Cycle, is a welcome sampler of his stunning, if small, body of work from "The All Golden" (Song Cycle) to "Orange Crate Art" (the title track from his duet album with Brian Wilson). The melodic invention and masterful mixing of styles confirm Parks's hidden status as one of the great American composers, a status that has gone unremarked only because of his reclusiveness and tendency to operate only on the margins of the Los Angeles pop scene. He is a miniaturist, to be sure, and nothing if not quirky. His heavily -- and not always coherently -- edited stage remarks call to mind Truman Capote, and his reedy, earnest singing is only adequate. But the music is both steeped in tradition and wholly original, and it's a delight to listen to.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/1998
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624653325
catalogNumber: 46533
Rank: 59723

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Primary Artist
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Elizabeth Wilson   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Bernie Dresel   Drums
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Peter Kent   Violin
Jimbo Ross   Viola
Amy Shulman   Harp
Eve Sprecher   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
John Scanlon   Viola
Dave Stone   Upright Bass
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Leland Sklar   Electric Bass
Michele Richards   Violin

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Arranger,Producer
Guy Charbonneau   Contributor
Peter Doell   Engineer
Michael Frondelli   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Andrew Wickham   Executive Producer
Charlie Bouis   Engineer
Drew Daniels   Contributor
Tom Recchion   Art Direction,Illustrations
Liza Gerberding   Contributor
Dave Thompson   Engineer

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