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THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.
As an extra special Record Store Day exclusive Bella Union are delighted to announce the release of Super Chief by the legendary Van Dyke Parks. 'Super Chief' is a sumptuous collection of previously unreleased orchestral suites and film music recorded by the great man over the course of his extraordinary career. A few words by Van Dyke Parks himself.
"Music for the Silver Screen!
I've made an orchestral fantasy illustrating my first trip across the U.S.A. by rail, in 1955. This Suite is drawn from over a score of years, and as many films, now re-recorded from my archives as a film-music composer..
Most of this music has been faintly presented, under the din of horse hooves, gunplay, and voice-over. Much of it has never been heard at all, having ended up on editing room floors from entirely re-cut films, or movies that never made it past a box office. I felt it was high time to give it a proper listen.
As I pondered the amazingly broad array of genres available, the challenge was what not to include. Quickly, it all simmered to clarify like butter, reducing to my impressions of that first epic rail-ride I took across the United States.
In editing, I was surprised to discover my penchant for folk themes, reframed in orchestral settings. (There are countless quotes from the 19th century "The American Century"). The lingo of such traditional American music reveals my obsession, however unconscious, for rustic old saws that can still cut the wood. Yep, it's Americana. All made in the great 48.
Celtic examples abound: "The Water is Wide", "Old Joe Clark", "The Forked Deer", "Saint Anne's Reel", "I Ride an Old Paint" etc. With these references, a dash of low-church hymns ("Goin' Home") and an occasional Aboriginal motif, all embedded in this novel and singular Ode to that passing American scene....so long ago, yet about a handshake away.
As to the hyper-romanticism of this dream escape? Guilty as charged. And why not? My first impressions from the three days' journey that introduced it to me was pure romance.
It's been said: "Never judge a book by its movie". The same mercy may apply to music that springs from the Silver Screen, where it's often more felt than heard. Lest we forget.
So I'm content, just that this music may be felt, only in a purely audio setting. It can come in handy as a backdrop to a romantic interlude in candle-lit dinner conversation over a fine linen-count. (I've tried this at home). Perhaps for a head-set in a subway tunnel, or as a car-tune in a smooth segue from the surrounding road-rage on a daily commute.
Such dreams are still born in Hollywood."
LIMITED TO 250 COPIES IN THE UK
A1. The Super Chief
A2. Go West Young Man
A3. To The Dining Car
A4. Bar Talk
A5. John Crawford
A6. Last Call
A7. Into The Gloaming
A8. The Crack Of Dawn
A9. Flat As The Platte
A10. Old Joe Clark
A11. The Water Is Wide
A12. Ride An Old Paint
B1. Iron Horse
B2. Teepee Motel
B3. By Campground
B4. Forgotten Not Gone
B5. The Continental Divide
B6. Just Yonder
B7. Virgin Territory
B8. A Spanish Kitchen
B9. Bolero Torero
B10. The Road Runner And Rattler
B11. Crossing The Colorado
B12. A Date With Valentino
B13. A Short Chat With Miss Crawford
B14. The Joshua Tree
B15. Chateau Marmont
CD Features Three Additional Tracks: The Pleasure Dome, Bed Of Stones, So Long Santa Fe