Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.
The Wire (3/99, pp.62-63) - "...rather like a stage show full of colorful and whirling skirt....This is Parks at his most accessible, the beat is straightened out in a rock direction and the sound is much less disorienting..."
Shedding the florid orchestrations of SONG CYCLE and the West Indies explorations of DISCOVER AMERICA, Van Dyke Parks' third album stands as perhaps his most straightforward set of independent songs. Though CLANG includes none of Parks' original compositions, the set contains the essence of his sound and shines a light on his skills as an orchestrator and as an arranger.
The title song is classic Parks, its lyrics evocative of movement, changing times, and Americana. The steel band sound that had empowered DISCOVER AMERICA is again employed to fine effect, most notably as one of the orchestral flavors in "Another Dream." A wonderful parade-band version of Pachebel's "Canon In D"--sounding like football game halftime entertainment commandeered by a group of scholars--closes the album.