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Pacific Ocean Blue Import

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EU 180 gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve. Reissue of this 1977 solo album from the Beach Boys drummer and late-blooming songwriter/solo performer. Throughout the early '70s, Beach Boys fans counted on at least two Dennis songs on each LP, often tender ballads. He made his first attempt at a solo album as early as 1970, but quietly released only one single. He started work again in 1975, recording with friend and producer Gregg Jakobsen during 1976 to complete Pacific Ocean Blue.

1. River Song
2. What's Wrong
3. Moonshine
4. Friday Night
5. Dreamer
6. Thoughts Of You
7. Time
8. You And I
9. Pacific Ocean Blues
10. Farewell My Friend
11. Rainbows
12. End Of The Show

Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003LQSH6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In his lifetime Dennis Wilson only release one solo album. And here it is.Now 'Pacific Ocean Blue' was on CD once before but didn't remain in print very long and has since sunk into legend status. So it was only a matter of time before it was reissued in a deluxe package like this. For some perspective Dennis Wilson was the first Beach Boy to record a solo album and this set also comes with great liner notes. And it truly lives up to it's legend in just about every way. The music borrows from certain sources (most notably Brian Wilson) but is nothing at all like anything he nor any of the other Beach Boys did. In general terms the musical base of the album is far more stripped down then anything else-in addition each song has a multi-part style fluxuation not disimilar to Brian or Phil Spectors music. The majestic "River Song" is a perfect example as well as being one of the best compositions here.The few uptempo songs here (the best being "Friday Night" and "Pacific Ocean Blues") have a strong funky blues groove to them that neither Brian Wilson or the Beach Boys ever went for.Other songs such as "Moonshine","Rainbows" and "Farewell My Friend" showcase most strong another major wild card for Dennis Wilson;his raw,gravely singing voice is a lot more like Bruce Springsteen then The Four Freshmen. That vocal quality matched with the music puts this music is an unusual cross between heartland rock n' roll,bluesy,funky southern rock and orchestral california pop,without making any specific commitment to any of those styles.Read more ›
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on June 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In my last year of college, I was working late one night at my job when an older and wiser coworker dropped a copy of Pet Sounds on my desk and told me it'd change my life, and it certainly did. But equally revelatory was my purchase of the Sunflower/Surf's Up twofer a few months later, when I first encountered Dennis Wilson as a songwriter. Realizing there was solo material by someone who could rock in ways Brian never quite did but still construct achingly beautiful ballads, I did a little digging, found out there was a long out of print solo record and spent the next decade trading up one low fidelity copy for another of both "Pacific Ocean Blue" and what we always thought of as "Bamboo".

So imagine my delight at discovering that Sony was finally giving Dennis Wilson (most of) his due, with a reissue of "Pacific Ocean Blue" with pieces of the sessions from "Bambu" (note the spelling) receiving official release (I'll add a comment with the side story of how this experience got delayed for me). And luckily, this edition is just about everything I could hope it would be.

For starters, the album itself is presented in pristine sound to show all its glory. One thing Dennis did better than his brothers was stick his heart and soul on record, and it's all bared out on "Pacific Ocean Blue". This is a record that's never quite been recognized for what it is-- a true lost masterpiece.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on June 20, 2008
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Now that the legendarily lost classic has arrived as a gorgeous remastered twofer, I must admit that Dennis' talent matched the 70s nearly as well as his older brothers' entwines the 60's. POB has all the lush soul of the best of the West Coast scene. (While comparisons are a lazy form of description, there is some resemblance to Gene Clark's No Other, at least in terms of production and heart.)

The real surprise for me is the second disc in this set. I was prepared for some dogged self-indulgent scraps. I wasn't expecting the leaner and more expansive collection that not only seems better suited to his uniquely raw vocal, but explores more personal and revealing trails. If as the excellent liner notes describe, Dennis was losing his studio and various collaborators simultaneous to a personal downward cycle, the songs he managed to create are all the more compelling. Beyond the final salvos of flickering talent, this also shows the potential for the lone wolf playing most of the instruments in even the most modest of recording environments. Supremely impressive.

Anyway, this is an event that in some ways tops Brian's recent success with Smile, in that the released product here is of the original source material. But the final availability of both remind us of the incredible talent these sibs had going for them.
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92 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes on March 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This might sound like Beach Boy-sacrilege, but I'd rather see Pacific Ocean Blue back on CD than any issue of Brian's mythic Smile (which I caught on the tour from Wilson & co here). Not that Smile is bad, but it's nowhere near Pacific Ocean Blue as far as I'm concerned. This album is now going for ridiculous prices- the 1991 reissue fetching close to $200 & not living in area where broadband exists, downloading this is not an option. So I depend on an ancient tape with other bootleg material. This is the kind of album I dream about & wonder if it's all just a dream...
Dennis Wilson was the second genius songwriter in The Beach Boys- to be fair Carl and Love co-wrote/wrote many classics- but Dennis came to fill the void left by Brian from the late 60s onwards. It's unfair to compare Dennis to Brian, but Dennis was coming up with string-soaked odes to valium like Cuddle Up, country-soul like Forever & the Vietnam-outtake Carry Me Home (later covered by Primal Scream on their Dixie-Narco e.p.). Apart from Sunflower (1970), The Beach Boys albums post-Pet Sounds were hit & miss affairs- the highlights often being a Dennis track (if not a slight Brian return). Most of Pacific Ocean Blue was written with co-Forever-songwriter Gregg Jakobson- though the title track was written with Mike Love and River Song was co-written with Carl & slowly recorded over the 70s (several tracks intended for POB and the unreleased follow-up Bamboo found their way onto Beach Boys records, e.g. Love Surrounds Me, Baby Blue). Pacific Ocean Blue came out in 1977 and is one of the great records of the 1970s, scrub that, of all time...
Dennis offered the ultimate statement- hypnotic piano-driven songs, achingly sincere vocals, a different kind of musical experimentation.
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