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Van Dyke Parks: A Yen for Japan

Richard Gehr, The Village Voice, 3 October 1989

Studiously blasé vibes radiate from within the overlit television studio on West 25th Street. Van Dyke Parks, our downwardly mobile country’s greatest unstaged musical-theater composer, nudges David Sanborn, Hiram Bullock, and other members of the Night Music (formerly Sunday Night) band through the stately paces of his "obscene and beautiful" version of ‘America’.

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