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Van Dyke Parks: Discover America

Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1972

WHATEVER BECAME of Ars Nova, the United States of America. Neon Philharmonic or the Fifty Foot Hose? Less than five years ago, "art-rock" projects like these were spun out by the dozens in the wake of Sgt. Pepper. Every label had it s own stable of resident genius-innovators. Warners' was headed up by Van Dyke Parks, and the much-discussed, salesless Song Cycle was his claim to fame.

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