1989 Van Dyke Parks – Tokyo Rose

Tokyo Rose is a 1989 album by American musician Van Dyke Parks. The album concerns the intersection between Japanese and American cultures, particularly as reflected in the competitive “Trade War” of the 1980s. The intersection between the two cultures is nowhere more obvious than in the album’s first song, “America”, an adaptation of “America the Beautiful” with numerous pentatonic shifts characteristic of Japanese music, played on a combination of standard Western instruments and traditional Japanese instruments, such as the biwa and the koto.


1  America 03:48
2  Tokyo Rose (Van Dyke Parks) 05:10
3  Yankee, Go Home (Van Dyke Parks) 06:30
4  Cowboy (Van Dyke Parks) 04:36
5  Manzanar (Van Dyke Parks) 06:03
6  Calypso (Van Dyke Parks) 04:29
7  White Chrysanthemum (Van Dyke Parks) 04:02
8  Trade War (Van Dyke Parks) 04:44
9  Out Of Love (Van Dyke Parks) 03:19
10  One Home Run (Van Dyke Parks; Amy Furumoto) 04:01


BassVan Dyke Parks
BassBuell Neidlinger
DrumsHiromitsu Katada
DrumsAkira Tana
GuitarBrian Otto
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarOsamu Kitajima
SynthesizerMike Watts
ShakuhachiMasakazu Yoshizawa
VocalsArnold McCuller
VocalsBobby King
VocalsJulie Christensen
VocalsKathy Dalton
VocalsLisa Popeil
VocalsSyd Straw
VocalsTerry Evans
VocalsWillie Greene

Other Musicians

3 Yankee, Go Home

VocalsDanny Hutton

6 Calypso

VocalsMari Iijama

Liner Notes

Producer – Andy Wickham
Concertmaster – Israel Baker
Concertmaster (Assistant) – Sid Page
Conductor – Todd Hayes
Coordinator (Production) – Jules Chaikin
Contractor (Orchestra) – Jules Chaikin
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Orchestrated By – Todd Hayes

Art Direction, Design – Mary Ann Dibs

Mastered At Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mixed At Pacifique Studios
Recorded At Evergreen Studios
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