Friday, June 5, 2020

Omnivore Recordings Reissues Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks Collaboration For Its 25th Anniversary

Back in 1965, multi-instrumentalist Van Dyke Parks was introduced to Beach Boys' singer/songwriter Brian Wilson through mutual friends David Crosby and Terry Melcher. Their friendship was the foundation for what would become known as The Beach Boys' abandoned "SMiLE" album. Fast-forward to 1992, Van Dyke Parks wanted to collaborate with Wilson once again, knowing that their last studio effort was a tragic masterpiece. From 1992-1995, Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson created the album "Orange Crate Art," which was originally released in October 1995. To celebrate the album's 25th anniversary, Omnivore Recordings is reissuing the album as a new double CD and double LP set, featuring 14 bonus tracks and extended liner notes from Wilson and Parks.

The first disc of this two disc set begins with a newly remastered version of the original "Orange Crate Art" album, full of luscious harmonies and timeless melodies. Songs like "Sail Away" and "Palm Tree And Moon" sound like outtakes from The Beach Boys' era, as you are whisked away to a magical place where the music and lyrics flow. Wilson and Parks keep you on the Pacific coast with the southern California vibe of "My Jeanine," before closing out the original album with the beautiful orchestral touch of "Lullaby." The disc wraps up with the duo's iconic versions of the traditional classics "Rhapsody In Blue," "Love Is Here To Stay" and "What A Wonderful World."

The second disc of this set features eleven previously unissued instrumental tracks to almost every song that was included on the original release. This will certainly make you appreciate how amazing the music and instrumentation is and how great of a songwriter Van Dyke Parks is. No words are needed to feel the emotion in the music. After more than fifty years, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks come full circle, creating timeless music for future generations to enjoy and explore. To find out more about this new reissue of "Orange Crate Art," please visit

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