Clang of the Yankee Reaper is the third studio album by Van Dyke Parks, released in 1976 with only one original Parks composition. It continues his exploration of calypso music started in the previous album Discover America (1972). In particular, it contains several songs by Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener, as well as a diverse selection of past and present music in the tradition of the Americas. The album was dedicated to the late Frederick Mears Wainwright.
Parks has reflected harshly of the album years later, describing it as “brain dead”. He added, “That album was done at the nadir of my entire life. Psychologically I was in a terrible state, I was despairing. My best friend had just died – my roommate, he was my roommate. We scattered his ashes at sea, and they flew back into our faces… a terrible, terrible insult. I was grieving, I’d just been divorced, I’d just left Warner Brothers in disgust as I didn’t want to be a corporate lackey, didn’t approve of record business practices – you know, what can I say? ‘Lost my job, the truck blew up, my dog died.'”
The title is taken from a poem by Parks’ great-uncle Will Carleton.
1 Clang Of The Yankee Reaper (Martin Kibbee; Trevor Lawrence; Van Dyke Parks) 3:41
2 City On The Hill (Winston Monseque) 3:00
3 Pass That Stage (Slinger Francisco) 3:00
4 Another Dream (The Sandpebbles) 2:54
5 You’re A Real Sweetheart (Jack Nocentelli) 1:12
6 Love Is The Answer (F Williams) 3:28
7 Iron Man (Stanley Cummings) 3:05
8 Tribute To Spree (Aldwyn Roberts) 3:37
9 Soul Train (Aldwyn Roberts) 3:12
10 Cannon In D (Johann Pachelbel) 2:42
|Guitar||Jesse Ed Davis|
|Steel Drums||Robert Greenidge|
Producer – Andy Wickham, Trevor Lawrence
Arranged By – Trevor Lawrence
Engineer – Donn Landee, Lee Herschberg, Richard Moore, Serge Reyes
Art Direction, Photography By – Ed Thrasher
Design – Bill Burks
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Designed At – Cabalka Studio