Tokyo Rose (album)

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.

Tokyo Rose
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1989
GenreArt rock
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerAndrew Wickam
Van Dyke Parks chronology
Tokyo Rose
Fisherman & His Wife
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Van Dyke Parks, except track 1, which is public domain, arranged and adapted by Parks; track 10, Japanese lyrics by Amy Furumoto.

  1. "America" – 3:47
  2. "Tokyo Rose" – 5:08
  3. "Yankee Go Home" (features vocal of Danny Hutton) – 6:27
  4. "Cowboy" – 4:35
  5. "Manzanar" – 6:02
  6. "Calypso" (features vocal of Mari Iijima) – 4:27
  7. "White Chrysanthemum" – 4:00
  8. "Trade War" – 4:40
  9. "Out of Love" – 3:18
  10. "One Home Run" – 4:00


See alsoEdit