- Released: February 10, 1998
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
Rolling Stone - 4/2/98, p.743.5 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Parks at his most playful and intimate....never has this sainted eccentric (backed by a twelve-piece string section) sounded more hummably tuneful..."
- 2.Orange Crate Art
- 3.Wings of a Dove
- 4.Sail Away
- 5.Night in the Tropics
- 6.FDR in Trinidad
- 9.Delta Queen Waltz
- 11.The All Golden
- 12.Hominy Grove
- 13.Sailin' Shoes
MOONLIGHTING is a collection of mostly new songs performed live.
Personnel includes: Van Dyke Parks (vocals, piano); Grant Geissman (guitar); Sid Page, Peter Kent, John Wittenberg, Eve Sprecher, Elizabeth Wilson, Joel Derouin, Michelle Richards (violin); Jimbo Ross, John Scanlon (viola); Larry Corbett, Suzie Katayama (cello); Amy Shulman (harp); David Stone (acoustic bass); Leland Sklar (electric bass); Bernie Dresel (drums); Chili (Darryl Francis) Charles (percussion).
Recorded live at The Ash Grove in Los Angeles, California on September 7, 1996.
Personnel: Grant Geissman (guitar); Amy Shulman (harp); John Wittenberg, Eve Sprecher, Elizabeth Wilson, Joel Derouin, Sid Page, Peter Kent, Michele Richards (violin); John Scanlon, Jimbo Ross (viola); Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett (cello); Dave Stone (upright bass); Leland Sklar (electric bass); Bernie Dresel (drums).
Audio Mixer: Michael Frondelli.
Recording information: Ash Grove (09/07/1996).
Editor: Steve Deutsch.
Illustrator: Tom Recchion.
Photographers: Johnny Rutledge; Rocky Schenck; Glen Brown.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Drew Daniels; Liza Gerberding; Guy Charbonneau.
Arranger: Van Dyke Parks.
The live MOONLIGHTING celebrates Van Dyke Parks' 30 years of writing and arranging. The fine print on the cover reads "voice with orchestral accompaniment," and Parks' earnest and endearing singing is indeed supported here by 17 musicians. MOONLIGHTING kicks off perfectly with "Jump!," the title cut that also starts Parks' 1984 album. After a pair of selections from his then-recent ORANGE CRATE ART, the set list proceeds to cull numbers from all points of Parks' long and distinguished career.
Parks rarely tours or plays live, though he clearly possesses rare grace and ease in all aspects of performance. The beautifully recorded MOONLIGHTING offers a rare glimpse at Parks' interplay with an audience. He is the perfect host throughout, recounting anecdotes and reading poetry. Oh, to have been in the room when the orchestra rolled into Parks' mesmerizing SONG CYCLE nugget, "The All Golden!" Though unheralded, Van Dyke Park's is one of America's finest writers. MOONLIGHTING is all the proof we need.