Dennis Wilson — “Pacific Ocean Blue”
If you ask me, behind Brian, Dennis was the second most talented Beach Boy, and was also the only one that actually did surf and live the life. Well, he’s definitely my favorite, so I’m a bit biased. All the Dennis songs on the albums after Pet Sounds are always highlights, and this album is terrific, and definitely fits into the coke rock genre but is so much more. It’s blissed out, occasionally funky, and really proves Dennis was coming into his own. Dennis has a bit more of a gravelly voice here than his early days in The Beach Boys, but it adds to the charm. Yes, this is one of those hard to find records you hear about, but it totally lives up to its classic status. Kudos to my wife for digging this up when we were at a record shop. I’m so glad I added this to my collection. It’s worth the price of admission for River Song alone.
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r. #TatsuroYamashita - #BigWave [ #MoonRecords] c. #SimplyBrew Bali Natural, v60. “It’s nice of you to call on me, now you’re blessed with a family. Time goes so quickly, there’s nothing left I can say.” Not sure why, but that always hits me straight in the heart when I hear it. It’s comes from a track called Only With You, which obviously comes from this soundtrack to a...not really a movie and not really a documentary. I watched a lot of it on YouTube recently, and it’s mostly just footage of people either surfing, hang gliding, or doing some other “natural sports” with some random commentary on top. Really what it feels like is that some incredible music was made, and they decided to make some 12 or so music videos out of it, and turned it into a film. Anyways, the music is the only thing with really any substance, well that I could take away anyways, with the first half performed and sung by the incredible singer/songwriter, Tatsuro Yamashita with lyrics by Alan O’Day. It’s incredibly #BeachBoys inspired, so much so that second half of the record is mostly just Tats doing #BrianWilson covers, including one of my favorites that Brian wrote for #GlenCampbell, Guess I’m Dumb. The original content/production though might be considered a little cheesy or dated... but for me it’s a nice little time machine into a weird world of surfing, beaches and summer romance. I used to play this to death in Fiji off of some YouTube stream, but it’s nice to finally sit down and put on the hard copy. I think you can find the song Magic Waves on Spotify... but that’s it, you’ll have to YouTube the rest. Anyways, I love this, but it’s ok if you don’t.