Dennis Wilson, one time lynch pin of The Beach Boys, will have his legacy re-assessed later this year when his fabled, long out of print, solo album “Pacific Ocean Blue” is re-issued.
Long a cult favourite, the album has been out of print since the 80s but has remained a favourite with the bootleggers. A number of bonus tracks have also been unearthed, with some material so rare it hasn’t even been bootlegged.
The two disc re-issue will contain 1977’s “Pacific Ocean Blue”, along with its unfinished follow up “Bambu”. A startling journey into a rapidly unravelling mind, the sketches for “Bambu” contain some excellent musicianship as well as some distincly dark moments.
Dennis Wilson’s death due to drowning in 1983 put a stop to the sessions for “Bambu”, leaving behind a legacy that changed American music. With the “Brothers” period of the band being re-assessed, it perhaps time to consider Dennis Wilson as a creative force, free from the shadow of his mercurial brother, Brian.
“Pacific Ocean Blue” is re-released on May 13th.