Pacific Ocean Blue by Dennis Wilson (1977) #385/1001
I like The Beach Boys, fantastic singles band, but I always find their albums a little bit of a disappointment. Not that they’re dreadful or anything, they’re pretty good, but I always expect them to be better than they actually are.
So hopes weren’t high when I first listened to the solo LP from Beach Boy drummer and resident party animal Dennis. But what a surprise! This is a fantastic album. It bears very little resemblance to anything by the Beach Boys, this is a completely different sound entirely. There isn’t a bad track on the whole disc. From the opening “River Song” through to “End Of The Show” the quality doesn’t drop. It has a wonderful relaxed almost weary sound throughout and Dennis’ voice is magnificent. What a shame we never got a follow up.
If you’ve never heard this record do yourself a favour and check it out.
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