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Review: “Pacific Ocean Blue,” Dennis Wilson

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on June 30, 2008 by 30daysout

The last time I saw Dennis Wilson was in August 1983 at the Houston Astrodome. The Beach Boys were playing after an Astros game and he looked completely disheveled when he got out of one of the convertibles that brought band members on the field.  Dirty jeans, no shoes, no shirt, and probably high as a kite.  By this time, he couldn’t keep time and another drummer was also on stage.

Wilson drowned later that year (ironic because he was the only Beach Boy who could surf), however, he left behind one of the better solo albums by any member of the Beach Boys, Pacific Ocean Blue.

Wilson never had the clean, angelic voice of his brothers Brian and Carl.  His was rough, grainy (maybe from all the years of drugs and alcohol) soulful and sad.  It reflected his life.  His voice is best showcased on the excellent “Thoughts of You,” “Time,” “Farewell My Friend,” the eerie “End of the Show,” and the spiritual “River Song,” where the lyrics include the line “got to get away” illustrate his pain of living.

This two-disc collection also features the unfinished album, Bambu, that Wilson was working on shortly after the release of Pacific Ocean Blue. His decline into drug and alcohol abuse took away any inspiration he had to finish, in his words, “a superior follow up.” The Bambu disc also features a version of “Holy Man” sung by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Out of print for more than 15 years, it’s nice to see Legacy Recordings finally released this gem. Mike Love never had it in him to make an album this good.

MP3: “Thoughts of You

MP3: “River Song

Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue Website

Dennis Wilson re-issue due June 17

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 19, 2008 by 30daysout

The late Dennis Wilson will finally get the re-issue treatment on June 17. Pacific Ocean Blue is finally being released again on CD after being out of print for more than 15 years. The two-disc set will also feature Bamboo, a bootleg that has been floating around for years. I received this CD as a birthday present back in 1990 and it’s excellent. I’m looking forward to the updated sound and new tracks. You can preview the CD at