Van Dyke Parks

FDR in Trinidad

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A true melting pot of styles, "FDR in Trinidad" features the combined talents of Van Dyke Parks and Little Feat. The synergy of these two musical talents is quite interesting and wholly satisfying. The New Orleans blues funk of Little Feat meets the compressed, historically based, Depression-era love of Parks in a grooving, effortless style, and it's quite beautiful to behold. One of the few songs from the early-'70s period that still graces Parks' repertoire (there's a great live version on his 1998 Moonlighting album), the song hasn't dated at all. Celebrating (or denouncing) FDR's political/economic visit to South America in the 1930s, it swings and sways to great effect.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Discover America 1972 Warner Bros. 2:27
Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove 1998 Warner Bros. 4:33
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