Pacific Ocean Blue

Pacific Ocean Blue

by Dennis WilsonDennis Wilson

CD(German Import)

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Though the roots of this 1977 album go back to the early '70s, Dennis Wilson's one issued solo project, Pacific Ocean Blue, is certainly a product of its time, both musically and texturally. The set's 12 songs reveal a songwriter who was looking to stretch out on his own and engage a vision of music that stood far outside what the Beach Boys were capable of handling or executing. Wilson himself panned the album, claiming it had no substance, and looked forward to the release of Bamboo, a record that remained unfinished and unreleased at the time of his death. (Brother Brian, however, loved the album and celebrated it with his usual childlike intensity.) Pacific Ocean Blue is a moody view of the SoCal landscape, and of Wilson's own interior life -- or his struggle to have one. From the environmental lament, "River Song," that opens the disc, we can hear a new kind of West Coast music emerging. It's not steeped in the weighty philosophical and political concerns that other Angelenos such as Jackson Browne were penning. Instead, it's a wispy rock tune revolving around a beautiful piano figure, shuffling guitars, and lyrics that take a personal concern for the state of the nature crumbling around it. "Dreamer" is a classic piece of '70s rock as it wound itself around the emerging R&B of the time, with interlaced horn lines, synths, and funky basslines cutting through the bridge and into the final verses; all steeped in a gorgeous, lush groove that even at this relaxed tempo won't quit. Mostly, however, Pacific Ocean Blue is a diary. Given that it was recorded over nearly seven years, the songs reflect the snapshot quality of Wilson's life in the studio: what he was capable of, what he learned, and how he stretched himself. Take, for example, the tender stoner balladry of "Thoughts of You" and "Time"; with their languid, echoing piano hovering in the mix with a shadow presence as Wilson sings with a longing that is true, yet muted by his seeming resignation to things being a total loss. The latter track also features a moody trumpet solo reminiscent of Chet Baker and transforms itself into a horn-driven anthem by its nadir. This album is a classic, blissed-out, coked-up slice of '70s rock and pop that is as essential as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. [There is a bootleg version of Pacific Ocean Blue that contains -- besides a master that is every bit as good as the released version -- five bonus tracks (mostly backing vocal tracks) that may not be everybody's cup of tea, but fanatics will absolutely have to have them.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886976404826
catalogNumber: 1613620
Rank: 104041

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dennis Wilson   Primary Artist,Drums,Keyboards
Bruce Johnston   Background Vocals
Joe Chemay   Background Vocals
Michael Andreas   Reeds,Horn
Hal Blaine   Drums
Curt Becher   Background Vocals
Lance Buller   Reeds,Horn
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Ricky Fataar   Drums
Bobby Figueroa   Drums
John Hanlon   Guitar
Billy Hinsche   Background Vocals
Janice Hubbard   Reeds,Horn
Bill Lamb   Reeds,Horn
Earle Mankey   Guitar
Charles McCarthy   Reeds,Horn
Baron Stewart   Background Vocals
Ed Tuleja   Guitar,Background Vocals
Taylor Hawkins   Vocals
Gregg Jakobson   Background Vocals
Double Rock Baptist Choir   Background Vocals
Jim Dutch   Background Vocals
Karen Lamm-Wilson   Background Vocals
Trisha Roach   Background Vocals
John Joyce   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Love   Composer
Carl Wilson   Composer
James William Guercio   Executive Producer,Reissue Executive Producer
John Hanlon   Producer,Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Earle Mankey   Engineer
Stephen Moffitt   Engineer,Mixdown Producer
Dennis Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Taylor Hawkins   Composer
Mandana Eidgah   Direction
Jeremy Holiday   Art Direction
Adam Farber   Direction
Steve Kalinich   Composer
Gregg Jakobson   Composer,Producer
Arthur Nakata   Art Direction
Jim Dutch   Composer
Karen Lamm-Wilson   Composer,Cover Photo
Michael Horn   Composer
John Harlon   Producer

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