Pacific Ocean Blue [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When Dennis Wilson's solo debut, Pacific Ocean Blue, was released on James Guercio's CBS-distributed Caribou Records in 1977, few had high expectations for it. Dennis' brother Brian Wilson was, after all, the acknowledged genius and mastermind of the Beach Boys sound and his other brother Carl Wilson had the voice, so little was expected of Dennis, the pretty boy drummer and near-professional party animal. But Pacific Ocean Blue was a gorgeous masterpiece, full of a naked and affirming spirit, romantic in the best sense of the word, lush, wise, patient, and even panoramic, almost avant-garde, and worlds past and beyond what any of the other Beach Boys were doing at the ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When Dennis Wilson's solo debut, Pacific Ocean Blue, was released on James Guercio's CBS-distributed Caribou Records in 1977, few had high expectations for it. Dennis' brother Brian Wilson was, after all, the acknowledged genius and mastermind of the Beach Boys sound and his other brother Carl Wilson had the voice, so little was expected of Dennis, the pretty boy drummer and near-professional party animal. But Pacific Ocean Blue was a gorgeous masterpiece, full of a naked and affirming spirit, romantic in the best sense of the word, lush, wise, patient, and even panoramic, almost avant-garde, and worlds past and beyond what any of the other Beach Boys were doing at the time. It was also, perhaps not surprisingly, a resounding commercial flop, although the critical reaction to the album was strong and positive. Wilson began work on a follow-up, tentatively entitled Bambu, mixing in some new New Orleans and Caribbean elements, but the project was never finished and by the time of Wilson's death in 1983, Bambu had been sitting untouched and unfinished for nearly five years. Boots taken from LP copies of Pacific Ocean Blue and leaked tapes of the Bambu material have been bouncing around among collectors ever since and Wilson's solo work has taken on the allure and status of lost treasure. This wonderful two-disc set features a carefully restored and remastered version of the Pacific Ocean Blue LP and collects the remnants of Bambu along with other Wilson solo odds and ends to make a convincing case for Dennis Wilson as the other bona fide musical genius in the Beach Boys. It's difficult to describe Wilson's sound on these tracks, although "California gospel soul" might fit, since Wilson's raspy, wounded vocals carry more naked emotion and feeling than any of the other Beach Boys vocalists, even if Carl and sometimes Brian could sing like an angel. Dennis could sing like an angel, too, but an earthbound one who lost his wings yet never lost his love of the spiritual and romantic in the world. Highlights from this gorgeous, fascinating set include the majestic "River Song"; a chilling version of Carli Munoz's "It's Not Too Late"; the hauntingly tentative "Thoughts of You"; the personal, intimate, and self-autobiographical "He's a Bum"; and the two versions of "Holy Man," the first a beautiful, charming instrumental and the second, which closes things out here, featuring a newly recorded lead vocal from Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Beautiful, sprawling, peaceful, wise, and as tenderly romantic as the world is round, these Dennis Wilson gems are as revelatory as they are stunning. Dennis Wilson was a man in love with life, a man in love with love, and as this essential package shows, he had an achingly personal vision for it all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973171127
  • Catalog Number: 731711
  • Sales rank: 37,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 River Song (3:46)
  2. 2 What's Wrong (2:25)
  3. 3 Moonshine (2:30)
  4. 4 Friday Night (3:12)
  5. 5 Dreamer (4:24)
  6. 6 Thoughts of You (3:07)
  7. 7 Time (3:33)
  8. 8 You and I (3:27)
  9. 9 Pacific Ocean Blues (2:39)
  10. 10 Farwell My Friend (2:27)
  11. 11 Rainbows (2:49)
  12. 12 End of the Show (3:03)
  13. 13 Tug of Love (3:45)
  14. 14 Only with You (4:00)
  15. 15 Holy Man (4:27)
  16. 16 Mexico (8:04)
  17. 17 [CD-Rom Track]
Disc 2
  1. 1 Under the Moonlight (3:57)
  2. 2 It's Not Too Late (4:33)
  3. 3 School Girl (2:32)
  4. 4 Love Remember Me (4:07)
  5. 5 Love Surrounds Me (3:41)
  6. 6 Wild Situation (2:42)
  7. 7 Common (3:35)
  8. 8 Are You Real (3:38)
  9. 9 He's a Bum (2:51)
  10. 10 Cocktails (3:01)
  11. 11 I Love You (2:02)
  12. 12 Constant Companion (3:22)
  13. 13 Time for Bed (3:08)
  14. 14 Album Tag Song (3:45)
  15. 15 All Alone (3:44)
  16. 16 Piano Variations on Thoughts of You (3:10)
  17. 17 Holy Man (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dennis Wilson Primary Artist
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Reeds, Horn
Bruce Johnston Background Vocals
Christine McVie Background Vocals
Carl Wilson Guitar, Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Bass, Background Vocals
Ron Altbach Harmonica, Accordion
Michael Andreas Reeds, Horn
Manolo Badrena Percussion
Hal Blaine Drums
Curt Becher Background Vocals
Gerry Beckley Background Vocals
Lance Buller Reeds, Horn
Dewey Bunnell Background Vocals
Roy Carr Background Vocals
David Cohen Guitar
Chuck Domanico Bass
Ricky Fataar Drums
Glenn Ferris Reeds, Horn
Bobby Figueroa Drums
Steve Forman Percussion
John Foss Reeds, Horn
Alexander Hamilton Background Vocals
John Hanlon Guitar
Billy Hinsche Background Vocals
Janice Hubbard Reeds, Horn
James Jamerson Bass
David Kemper Drums
Bill Lamb Reeds, Horn
Neil Levang Guitar
Earle Mankey Guitar
Rod Novak Reeds, Horn
Joel Peskin Reeds, Horn
Thom Rotella Guitar
Sterling Smith Keyboards
Baron Stewart Background Vocals
Fred Tackett Guitar
Wayne Tweed Bass
Alton Hendrickson Bass
Gayle Levant Harp
Dangerous Dave Hessler Bass
Carli Munoz Percussion, Keyboards
Steve Ross Guitar
David Leaf Background Vocals
Vincent Fanuele Reeds, Horn
Dean Torrence Background Vocals
Ed Tuleja Guitar, Background Vocals
Richard Hurwitz Reeds, Horn
John Joyce Background Vocals
Taylor Hawkins Vocals, Lead
Gregg Jakobson Background Vocals
Ed Carter Bass, Guitar
Bill Lamb Reeds, Horn
Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra/Jim Locke Drums
Dennis Quartet Wilson Harmonica, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Sterling Altbach Keyboards
Trisha Campo Background Vocals
Double Rock Baptist Choir Background Vocals
Jim Dutch Background Vocals
Charlie Hurwitz Reeds, Horn
Karen Lamm-Wilson Background Vocals
Jeff Legg Guitar
Trisha Roach Background Vocals
David Duke Reeds, Horn
Technical Credits
Mike Love Composer
Carl Wilson Composer
Ben Edmonds Liner Notes
James William Guercio Executive Producer
John Hanlon Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Michael Horn Composer
Earle Mankey Engineer
Stephen Moffitt Producer, Engineer
Joel Moss Engineer
Tom Murphy Engineer
Sid Sharp Arranger
Dennis Wilson Composer
Carli Munoz Arranger, Composer, Producer
Vic Anesini Producer, Reissue Producer, Mastering
Rob Santos Producer, Reissue Producer
David Gorman Art Direction
Taylor Hawkins Composer
Adam Farber Director, Production Director
David Beard Liner Notes
Steve Kalinich Composer
Gregg Jakobson Composer, Producer
Doug Tyo Engineer
Arthur Nakata Art Direction
Adam Fuller Engineer
Dennis Quartet Wilson Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Jim Dutch Composer
Karen Lamm-Wilson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Music

    What will you find on this stellar re-issue? If you take the time to really listen to the 2-CD’s instead of just shuffling through the songs, you will hear a raw, emotion-filled voice singing tender lyrics to gorgeous melodies. The CD’s include beautiful love ballads as only Dennis Wilson could create them such as You and I, Love Remember Me, and Only With You. It contains symphonious songs like River Song and Rainbows…pleasing piano compositions like Album Tag Song, Piano Variations On Thoughts of You, and Common…and a taste of Dennis’ sense of humor with songs like He’s a Bum and Wild Situation. Some of the songs will give you chills… some are so touching that they make you sad… some, such as Holy Man, are so stunning that you feel honored to hear them…and some are so personal that you feel like you’re overhearing a private conversation. I think DW and BB fans can’t believe their eyes as they look down at this CD re-issue in their hands. After almost 30 long years, most of us doubted a re-issue of Pacific Ocean Blue and release of Bambu would ever happen. Thank you Jim Guercio and all involved for this. It is apparent that those who genuinely cared put forth this re-issue. Dennis Wilson’s music is timeless… it transcends generations, and he has certainly put to rest the notion that he was just the Beach Boys handsome drummer. Will there be a forthcoming Dennis Wilson CD that includes more of his unreleased music that has been stored away in some dusty vault?? I certainly hope so, and please don’t make us fans wait another 30 years for it!

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