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Friday, December 09, 2005

VU: Pacific Ocean Blue

Recorded from September 1976 through the Spring of 77, Pacific Ocean Blue has to be one of the best records ever made, period. For some reason there has been no official cd release ( edit: it has come to my attention that POB was released for a few month’s in the early 90’s. Thanks.), although in the early eighties they did released cassette versions of this amazing album. There are a few albums that have been on my must have list and when I found my copy of Pacific Ocean Blue, it was like Christmas x 10. In my opionion Dennis Wilson is highly underrated and the songs in which he wrote rival that of any Beach Boys or Brian Wilson tune. With the Beach Boys he released Forever, Love Surrounds Me, and Baby Blue, to name a few (although Love Surround Me and Baby Blue were scheduled to be on his follow up album to POB, Bamboo) and at the time of there release, they were by far the best songs on their respective albums. Some point to Dennis' increased role in the BB as being directly related to Brian Wilson's departure, and this may be true, but this increased role in writing and vocals helped give birth to , what I consider one of the greatest albums ever recorded, Pacific Ocean Blue.
I am listing only seven tracks from the album. It will give you a broad overview of the album and if you would like me to include the other five tracks, let me know. Due to the emails I recieved the Whole Album is available. When I was searching for the ablum a few years ago, I came across Dan Addington's website, a detailed history of Wilson's solo career, so check it out if you have the interest. It's a great read. Remember, these tracks will only be available for a few weeks, so sample them while you can and I really hope you enjoy Pacifc Ocean Blue.

.: River Song
.: Dreamer
.: Thoughts of You
.: Pacifc Ocean Blues
.: You and I
.: Farewell my Friend
.: End of the Show
.: What's Wrong
.: Moonshine
.: Rainbows
.: Friday Night
.: Time

(**Jan. 7th - removed**) (3/07 Can be found here on the site)

(all in mp3 format - right click, save as)
(edit: Well after the emails I recieved, I posted the remainder of the album. Enjoy)

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:27 AM


  1. At 2:35 PM, Blogger me said…

    or, you can come to my blog, and download the whole album in mp3.
    this is not meant as spam but as a service !


  2. At 3:41 PM, Blogger The Perm & The Skullet said…

    It doesn't matter how you get the tracks, just make sure you get them.

    Dennis Wilson is one of my favorites and I hope everyone has a chance to hear POB wether it through here, hanszun's site, or some where else.


  3. At 11:59 PM, Blogger That Little Round-Headed Boy said…

    I couldn't agree with you more and I'm glad to see you digging POB as much as the rest of us old Wilson/BB fans do. For the record, it did come out on CD in the early '90s, quickly sold out and has never been released again, allegedly owing to something to do with the record companies and James William Guercio, the ex-Chicago producer who somehow owns the rights or controls them. Who knows. Rare copies sell on eBay for more than $100, and more and more, you hear smart rockers talk about the album's influence. If only Dennis could have conquered his demons. But it's an album I listen to all the time and love. If you haven't read it, get a bio of Dennis called The Real Beach Boy.


  4. At 3:37 AM, Blogger It's The Friendly! said…

    You are very generous to post these...I'm sure many fans are happy.

    However, there was an official CD release that was in print only for a few months in 1991. Somehow, by some fluke, I found one still in the longbox in 1994 for only $9.99. These original copies now fetch $80 and up on ebay.

    Good vibes,
    Eric (Aniversario)


  5. At 11:25 AM, Blogger The Perm & The Skullet said…

    Thanks for the replys. I was not aware of POB being released on cd. It's truely a shame that it is no longer available.


  6. At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Ken.W said…

    For anyone who wants to see 'Pacific Ocean Blue' get an official release ( .. or indeed any of Dennis' solo work), go here and please sign the petition ..


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