Late Beach Boys middle child Dennis Wilson’s 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue is getting the expanded re-release by Caribou/Epic/Legacy (two-CD set) and Sundazed (double LP vinyl) on May 13. This is convenient, because it's just in time to carry it down to the pre-summer seashore and relax to the sound of crashing waves mixing with the music of the only Beach Boy who actually surfed.
Wilson has always been a source of unusual trivia like this. He dated Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac. He befriended Charles Manson one year before the Tate/LaBianca murders. And he met a tragic end by drowning at Marina del Ray.
As for his musical legacy, Wilson was initially regarded as the group’s least gifted. However, the All Music Guide notes that Pacific Ocean Blue charted higher than two Beach Boys albums that came afterward, M.I.U. and L.A..
Having been out of print for more than 15 years, the record in its new form will include the original 12 tracks plus unreleased material originally intended for Wilson's follow-up-that-never-was, Bambu.
The original Pacific Ocean Blue tracklist went as follows:
1. River Song
2. What's Wrong
4. Friday Night
6. Thoughts of You
8. You and I
9. Pacific Ocean Blue
10. Farewell My Friend
12. End of the Show
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