Van Dyke Parks: Song Cycle (Warner WS 1727 stereo)
uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 4 October 1969
PARKS HAS been around the pop scene for quite a time — his name cropped up in connection with the Byrds and later with the Beach Boys, for whom he collaborated with Brian Wilson to produce their best (but uncommercial) Smiley Smile. Financial acclaim hasn't smiled on Parks with this LP either which is a much-publicised and vaunted flop in the States.
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