385. Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)
1. River Song
2. What's Wrong
4. Friday Night
6. Thoughts of You
8. You and I
9. Pacific Ocean Blues
10. Farewell My Friend
12. End of the Show
Now to a rarity, if you want to ever have this album in a legal way you will have to shell out 100 pounds or 200 dollars for it. For the fucking CD! Not even vinyl! Yep that's how hard it is to get it. Now that you are thinking about breaking the law, you can easily get it on eMule/Soulseek etc. Now the big question is, is it worth it rotting in a Turkish prison over this?
Well, yes. Firstly because the chances you will get caught are minimal, then you'd have a case in court because the album is out of print, and can only be bought by stupid amounts of cash, and because RIAA are fucksticks anyway. Oh and if you have a unsecured WiFi connection they can't get you, because they can't prove it was you who downloaded anything!
Now that I've told you to break the law I am also going to tell you that this is a great album. It just sounds fresh, almost, but not quite as fresh as Surf's Up with something of Stephen Stills in the mix, and it truly is a lost gem. Beach Boys late drummer Dennis Wilson, had one of the most earnest voices in the business, and you can really connect with the music, even tough he was a Mansonite. This album is really worth it even if it was just composed of two songs, Thoughts Of You and Time. They sound like the best of late Beach Boys but also very intimate. There are misses here as well, What's Wrong isn't great for example, but the album is worth it.
2. Thoughts Of You
4. Farewell My Friend
Wilson became the first member of The Beach Boys to undertake a solo project. Released in August 1977, Pacific Ocean Blue received glowing reviews for its depth and emotion and performed encouragingly in the U.S. charts. It is also notable that Dennis' hard living had begun affecting his looks and more importantly his singing, delivering grainy, yet still soulful vocals. Despite Wilson's pledge to record an even superior follow-up, entitled Bamboo, his continuing decline into substance abuse and personal problems ensured that the album remained unfinished at the time of Wilson's death in December 1983. Thus, this album, alongside his pioneering work with The Beach Boys, remains a focal point of Dennis Wilson's legacy.
Issued by Caribou/CBS Records on CD in 1991, Pacific Ocean Blue went out of print within a year; copies of the extremely rare CD now sell for over $200. Due to current disagreements over copyright ownership, the album is still awaiting fresh remastering and re-release.
About Dennis Wilson: