The Histories (Old Black Joe) (CVSDS002)

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The Histories (Old Black Joe)

Corbett vs. Dempsey


LPS 162825




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7" Single

Two very unusual works by the always-enigmatic Van Dyke Parks – both of them variations on older compositions from the middle of the 19th Century! "Old Black Joe" is a famous tune by Stephen Foster – but Parks' version here features this avant take on upright piano, mixed with odd-tuned guitar lines, muted vocals, and all these other strange sonic elements that actually make the whole thing feel like Christian Marclay is playing with the sound on a stack of vintage 78s! The whole thing makes for an unusual refraction of the sense of American history we often love in Van Dyke's music – given a slightly straighter spin on the flipside, which is a beautiful piano/violin/mandolin take on "Souvenir De La Havane", penned by Louis Gottschalk


  • 01. Old Black Joe
  • Stephen Foster (1860)
  • Arr./adapted by Van Dyke Parks
  • Music for an installation
  • By David Hartt
  • 02. Souvenir de la Havane
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1859)
  • Arr./adapted by Van Dyke Parks