Saturday, 7 July 2012

Pacific Ocean Blue

Whilst at Rise Records last weekend I picked up this album from late Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson. It was only a fiver so thought i'd finally take up the offer. He was the first Beach Boy to release a solo album which surprised many, but it's definitely stood the test of time.

Copious smoking and alcohol abuse sent Wilsons voice gravelly and barotone and resulted in his untimely demise (he died whilst intoxicated and deep diving to rescue items he'd thrown off a yacht at a marina 3 years earlier). But without his voice sounding as well worn this LP would sound vastly different. The album provides a juxtaposition to the trademark Beach Boys melodies.

The cover art is striking too, with Wilson staring into the lens looking pretty disheveled. The title reminds me of the beach, and whilst it's pouring down with rain here in the UK, this album takes me to a place with a sunnier outlook.

Here's one of my favourite tracks from the 1977 album:

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