Van Dyke Parks – Discover America, Warner Bros. Records 1972

Van Dyke Parks, front, cd size

What we have here is something quite special.
I used to play this record very much ever since I discovered
it, must have been around 1975 or 6. I always loved it and it
was only years later I found out some things. Track # 1 for
instance is ofcourse ‘Mighty Sparrow’.
Again much later I learned that track # 7, ‘John Jones’ is a
song by Rudi Mills, just_to_show_you.
And it was only yesterday I found out that track # 3, ‘Bing Crosby’
is an old Calypso song by ‘The Lion’ and track # 15, ‘G-man Hoover’,
is originated by ‘Sir Lancelot.
I am always thrilled to find out things like this, they make
the pieces of the big puzzle fall into place.
Still shook up and excited, the hair on my arms stood up while
I was ripping it, I have to give credits to my collegue Yoyo
at his new page, Listentoyourears.
This is the album that opened my eyes; Real_Calypso
Thanks Yoyo.

P.S. Also strange is that the cover of the album says 1976,
while the label says 1972, ofcourse it’s from 1972.

tracks;

1 Jack Palance
2 Introduction
3 Bing Crosby
4 Steelband music
5 The four Mills brothers
6 Be careful
7 John Jones
8 FDR in Trinidad
9 Sweet Trinidad
10 Occapella
11 Sailin’ shoes
12 Riverboat
13 Ode to Tobago
14 Your own comes first
15 G-man Hoover
16 Stars and stripes for ever

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11 thoughts on “Van Dyke Parks – Discover America, Warner Bros. Records 1972

  1. hi!
    first: thanks alot for your music, i like it a lot!

    with the ed lincoln there is something wrong. i have 10 songs in 192 kbs,

    first 3 are same, then:
    4. T’aimer Follement
    5. Atire A Primeira Pedra
    6. Deus Me Perdoe
    7. Pergunte Ao João
    8. Tristeza De Nós Dois
    9. Leçon De Baion
    10. Vai Com Deus

    please help… 😉

    greets from deep germany
    karl

  2. Re the originals of the Van Dyke Park ‘Discover America’ tracks:
    Occapella and Riverbota are Allen Toussaint songs – I know the Lee Dorsey versions, produced by Allen, on Lee’s album Yes We can Can, backed by the Meters.
    Sailin Shoes is of course Little Feat, from their album of the same name.

    Rob

  3. Re the originals of the Van Dyke Park ‘Discover America’ tracks:
    Occapella and Riverbota are Allen Toussaint songs – I know the Lee Dorsey versions, produced by Allen, on Lee’s album Yes We can Can, backed by the Meters.
    Sailin Shoes is of course Little Feat, from their album of the same name.

    Rob

  4. Thank you Rob, I knew about riverboat, but I didn’t about occapella, and lowell George wrote Sailin’ shoes. That I knew too.
    On the label of the album they are credited as they should. I think that’s why I didn’t tell .
    The other songs however are credited to Van Dyke Parks, I am not sure if that’s a correct thing.
    I now doubt if any of the songs are written by Van Dyke Parks.
    Help me out here ?

  5. Thank you Rob, I knew about riverboat, but I didn’t about occapella, and lowell George wrote Sailin’ shoes. That I knew too.
    On the label of the album they are credited as they should. I think that’s why I didn’t tell .
    The other songs however are credited to Van Dyke Parks, I am not sure if that’s a correct thing.
    I now doubt if any of the songs are written by Van Dyke Parks.
    Help me out here ?

  6. Re the originals of the Van Dyke Park ‘Discover America’ tracks:
    From the LP The Real Calypso 1927-1946 Compiled and annotated by Samuel Charters RBF 13, I find that;
    Bing Crosby and Four Mills Brothers are by The Lion,
    G-Man Hoover is by Gerald Clark and his Calypso Orchestra with vocal by Sir Lancelot

  7. Re the originals of the Van Dyke Park ‘Discover America’ tracks:
    From the LP The Real Calypso 1927-1946 Compiled and annotated by Samuel Charters RBF 13, I find that;
    Bing Crosby and Four Mills Brothers are by The Lion,
    G-Man Hoover is by Gerald Clark and his Calypso Orchestra with vocal by Sir Lancelot

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