Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue on 180g LP
Eternal Beach Boy Dennis Wilson's lone solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, was the first solo endeavor from the band's camp. Much is made of his older brother Brian's tortured genius, but Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson had his own deeply artistic statement to make, one he made with moody, heartrending beauty and fathomless, soulful introspection on his 1977 masterpiece, Pacific Ocean Blue.
Swelling with studio strings and layered, breathy melodies, the piano-sprinkled balladry of tracks like "Thoughts of You" and "End of the Show" offer glimpses of a more tender, wounded, and never-before-seen side of this most famously free-spirited Beach Boys member while such ecology-themed meditations as "River Song" and the title cut reflect other topics close to the drummer's heart.
But despite the album's more serious subject matter, the Beach Boys' good-time pop is also still firmly on display with the horn-pumping R&B of "What's Wrong" and the sunshine lilt of "Rainbows." No wonder Brian Wilson himself is one of Pacific Ocean Blue's biggest fans!