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Pacific Ocean Blue

Dennis Wilson

1977

Pacific Ocean Blue

Album Summary

Pacific Ocean Blue is the first album by American musician Dennis Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys, and the only one released in his lifetime. When released in August 1977, it was warmly received critically, and noted for outselling the Beach Boys' contemporary efforts. Two singles were issued from the album, "River Song" and "You and I", which did not chart. The album remains a focal point of Wilson's legacy, being referred to as a "classic". It was voted number 838 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. Wilson intended to record a follow-up, entitled Bambu, but the album was left unfinished at the time of his death in December 1983.

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3.01

Votes

3778

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You know that Wilson guy from the Beach Boys? No, not Brian, the eccentric genius. The other one. No, not Carl! Why would you even mention Carl?! Nobody ever talks about Carl! No, I mean one who was all mixed up with Charles Manson. Dennis, yeah. Well, it turns out he was a damn fine songwriter. In fact, "Pacific Ocean Blue" is a great album. It has a little bit of that Beach Boys smell to it but it veers hard into funk/rock/blues territory, at times evoking Clapton, The Stones, George Clinton, and a half-dozen other artists who were cutting absolute classic tracks at the time. It's really a great album. Too bad about that whole Manson thing.

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5

Successfully walks the fine line of acknowledging the influences of the Beach Boys while claiming his own style. Expertly crafted, and a joy to listen to. Best track: River Song

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5

Fantastic - a diamond in the boomer rough

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4

Funky, bluesy, groovy rock (Clapton-esque) with a spiritual bent. Nice range of styles. Feels more mature in style and substance than the Beach Boys (Wilson's other band).

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Dennis Wilson really goes the extra mile on his only solo record. Though his voice took a turn to a grainy and harsher tone (no thanks to the drugs and alcohol), he fills these songs with a Joe Cocker-esque soul that still compliments well with the signature background vocals from Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston. The instrumentation is absolutely gorgeous on this record, with plenty or strings and organ to fill your ears with vibrant, grandiose harmonies. For fans of Pet Sounds - this is a must listen to album. Favorite Song: Time Least Favorite: Thoughts of You

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Was never a big fan of Dennis. The only song of his I like was "All I Wanna Do," so I didn't have high hopes for his solo effort. But from the first song I was surprised. "River Song" gives off strong Beach Boys vibes, and in fact it was originally supposed to be so, but the choir masterfully interlays with Dennis's and the piano ballad to make an emotionally powered piece. Nice segway to the classic rock n roll "What's Wrong" which sets up a cool mood for the next few bluesy-roots songs. My favorite stretch of songs is from "Dreamer" to "Pacific Ocean Blues." I absolutely love the brass contributions of that first song and how they work together with the guitar for lead. The other songs are a lot less blues, showcasing Dennis's amazing baroque pop voice that reminds me of what I loved so much about the Beach Boys. "You and I" gives off Steely Dan vibes, probably the most beautiful song on the album. The titular track is a momentary return to the bluesy theme of the album. It's another strong entry, and the track you're most likely to sing along to, again showcasing a Dennis's talented production. The last tracks are also good ballad tracks, although I wasn't as crazy about them as the others. I thought the closing was perfect. Ignoring the lyrics, it combined everything that defined the album, from the choral vocals to the blues sound to the piano ballad, and Dennis's mature and passionate voice. I see a lot of reviews complaining about the length. They should know Pacific Ocean Blue is just the first 12, which is the perfect length for me. I will for sure return to this album, and re-listen to Dennis's tracks on Beach Boys albums.

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Suggests that Dennis was the George Harrison of the Beach Boys. I actually prefer this over two of the Beach Boys albums on this list. And if you really want to go on a ride, peruse Dennis Wilson's Wikipedia page. That thing is a RIDE! Aside from the entire section on Charles Manson, you get to learn (or recall) that Dennis dated Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie (who claimed Dennis Wilson was "half little boy, half insane"), and often told friends he was raped by a black man. But hell, aren't all of the Wilsons at least half insane?

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3.6 - Here's a studio veteran that had a hand in some of the greatest popular music ever recorded. So as might be expected, towards the end of his recording career, he's got a supremely deep bag of studio tricks, he's got access to the finest equipment, and a vast network of sound magicians he can tap at will. But, what might be lacking are new ideas along with the energy to explore new emotional territory. I'm hearing loads of subtle beauty in the studio craft. Each song seems like a masterclass in paring sounds, but there's a yawning melancholy that seems to pervade this record despite its considerable sheen.

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5

A masterpiece. You never regret going back to this one!

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5

Brilliant, peaceful and polished.

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5

Damn, this is good stuff

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5

Been meaning to listen to this for years. Definitely the soulful Beach Boy. Really liking this

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Great.

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I discovered this album about five years ago and I fell in love with it instantly. Dennis Wilson was a man in the midst of self-destruction in the wake of his abusive upbringing and the excesses of fame as a member of the Beach Boys. He was not known as a sensitive man, but for his drunken escapades which eventually culminated in his death by drowning. His voice was rapidly deteriorating which can be heard here and in subsequent live performances of this material. Here, Wilson is concerned with environmental devastation and love. In 'River Song' the opening track, he confronts the claustrophobia and smog of LA, opting instead to champion a cleaner, more natural environment. In the title track, 'Pacific Ocean Blue,' penned alongside cousin and bandmate Mike Love, Wilson laments the destruction of ocean wildlife. This is an album very close to my heart both for its lyrical and musical value, but also because it gives us an insight into the enigmatic and broken person that was Dennis Wilson.

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5

Haunting and beautiful in conveying the depths of Dennis Wilson's talents. The drummer moves to the forefront and the results are huge!

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5

Brilliant Album.

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Classic

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This blew me away, then I read the back story and wiki

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NICE

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that was a lot better than I was expecting the diversity here was honestly crazy, several times listening to this, I thought this was a compilation of different artists songs but apparently these all came from one guy super beautiful album, crazy to think he’s one of the beach boys, this is a 10/10

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Peculiarly refreshing. 7-7.5/18 FT: Thoughts of you

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oh wow yeah, very nice. no prior experience with dennis wilson or the beach boys etc but this is great

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Off to a great start, has me interested. Super chill listen, like it a lot. Will look up more by this dude.

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Pretty great

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Interesting, soft or energic songs

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who is this guy?!?!

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Surprisingly diverse collection of songs for what was expected from a former beach boy. Very good production throughout. Has a concept-album type feel to the music. Highlights: -River Song -You and I -Rainbows -Only with You -Holy Man -Common -

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Sensitive beard dudes shall endure.

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Easy to enjoy. River Song and Pacific Ocean Blues stand out for me, though there is little to not like. Cool soft rock vibe with a light Beach Boys influence.

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Sorprendentemente maravilloso. Una delicia para escuchar mientras te tomas una buena copa

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Definitely better than the last two albums

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This guy is hard to get a read on. Sounds like Pink Floyd, Chicago, and what I imagine Randy Newman thinks he sounds like.

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Tämä oli omaan korvaan sopivaa rokkia. Vähän teatraalistakin jopa taustalauluineen. Merellisyyttä löytyi.

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Mooi album van de drummer van de Beach Boys. Doorstaat de tand des tijds goed.

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I love this album but two deluxe albums combined together is waaaaaay too long for me to actually appreciate it properly. I've listened three times and I'm like what. But. It's rock n roll, it's jazzy, it's moving, it's pretty excellent.

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This album is something really special. Dennis Wilson's incredible voice and rough-hewn surfer soul conveys so much pathos. I don't know who would have realized the depths of feeling he would be able to convey with this record. There are a few songs where he veers a little too close to easy listening, but never over the brink. And the incredible highs more than make up for these moments. I feel like this record highlights how he was only starting to come into his own as an artist before his tragic death. Favourite tracks: River Song, Thoughts of You, Pacific Ocean Blues, End of the Show, Farewell My Friend

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An extremely poignant record, as Dennis Wilson, the blueprints used by the Beach Boys to bring their California sound to the 60s. The strain and melancholy in his voice combined with its richness is really something to behold. The highs of this record are undeniable, and seem like a mix of Beach Boys harmonies, with a little of Big Star's Third and a lot of heart. I can forgive the overly blues-y parts. Fav Tracks: Thoughts of You, End of The Show, Pacific Ocean Blues, River Song and Moonshine

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heck yes!

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4

Some pretty cool melancholy jams, some beach-boy-esque vibes at times. Would listen again

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There’s a lot of interesting ideas goin on within this album, especially within the instrument choices. Some you don’t hear in many albums of the era, makes the listening experience so much better since you keep anticipating what could be next. I strongly recommend listening to this album. Favorite Tracks: River Song, Dreamer, Rainbows.

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It's not going into my rotation or anything, but I quite liked this. Reminded me of Eels in places.

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4

really great album from the former beach boy, very enjoyable and would listen again

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It's very long but good songs.

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This definitely doesn't sound like a Beach Boys record. I liked this a lot. Highlights were Pacific Ocean Blues and What's Wrong

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4

Great jams. Long-ass album.

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Look what happens when unencumbered. A strong set of songs.

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4

Lovely stuff, would listen again.

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Yea, pretty good

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Este disco me sorprendió, me gustó más de lo que esperaba, para ser un artista y un género con el que normalmente no estoy en contacto ni escucho muy seguido. Escuché la "versión ultra-extendida", lo cual fue un poco tedioso, pero encontré un par de canciones agradables que no venían en el disco original, como "It's not too late". Mi calificación sería 3.5, pero redondearé hacia arriba.

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4

I enjoyed this album a lot. I'd revisit most of these tracks again.

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Easy and really chill

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Love the lush arrangements on some of these songs

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This was a great surprise…. The beach boys drummer pulls out the best beach boys solo effort I’ve heard!

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This is a hidden gem of an album. Sure, there are some corny parts, but I just kept getting caught in the hooks. This whole album just sounds like someone who is genuinely having a great time making music, and that makes me happy.

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Very good, very chill album. It's very easygoing but that doesn't mean it's poorly made or anything like that. There is certain art to making an album this seamless.

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Although Mexico is not on the original album, I'd add a star for it. What brilliant and warm music!

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I never heard anything from him or from The Beach Boys before, but I really enjoyed this album! Was expecting something totally different judging from the cover. Favorite tracks: * River Song * Friday Night * Time

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Good music for chillin

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Sometimes the day makes the album- and I had a Long Beach run and this was the perfect accompaniment

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4

like this a lot all sorted of different genres and sounds coming out here.

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Did not know about this album, quite liked it and will be giving it a second listen. A little darker, Beach Boys comes through a little bit at parts but a good listen.

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Wilsonnn

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Jg gillade detta! hade ingen aning om att det var strandpojkarna-killen.

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This is no formulaic Kokomo designed for adult contemporary radio. An interesting, melancholic country blues album that is much better than I expected.

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This was a surprisingly cool album, saved one song from it.

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Really enjoyed it! Awesome horns, typical 70s beach.

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Yes, that Wilson family and it more or less shows that those Beach Boys documentaries where Brian Wilson is the only true musician is inaccurate.

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3

Seems quite vanilla. Can't say it to my taste. Background music maybe

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A little bluesy and mostly melancholy, there are some gems like Friday Night that are oldies playlist worthy.

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I liked it. Although I listened over a week ago, so I don't really remember it now. :/

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Was smooth for the day

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Better than I was expecting

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Seriously, these albums are so long! I like the album cover, I like some of the tunes, I quite liked the last track (“Mexico”) for a change and while I had never heard this before I am not the least bit surprised it is on this list. Every now and then it sounds like the Eagles or Don Henley to me, which ain’t my bag - but otherwise this is fine. I’d listen to a number of tracks again.

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Folk, rock, suave.

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Good. Chill. It is a shame he was hanging out with Charles Manson...

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On dirait un peu un mélange entre Seal, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd et David Bowie qui aurait envie de caca.(dans certaines pièces) Il a l'air de retenir quelque chose quand il chante le beau Dennis! Clairement un meilleur artiste solo que batteur des Beach Boys mais j'entends tellement d'influences que j'ai de la difficulté à le cerner. J'ai bien aimé malgré tout, surtout les pistes aux sonorités Pink Floydesques. Fait cocasse, le dude chillait autrefois avec Charles Manson qui lui a même écrit des chansons.

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This album was interesting, as I love The Beach Boys, but nothing really grabbed my attention. It was enjoyable though.

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Rock melódico bastante moñas. Alguna canción más movida.

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I quite like this. Nothing spectacular, undeserving of the hype it gets for sure, but a pleasant, breezy way to kill time with a glass of something cold and a good book

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Tranquilo. Relajado. Sosegado

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decent stuff.... just not my bag man

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Ik heb 'm niet helemaal kunnen luisteren, maar volgens mij is dit een 3.

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3

Paar hele mooie nummers, maar ook wat zwaar op de hand. Heeft misschien nog meer draaibeurten nodig om echt te landen.

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3

Better than I expected. Some good songs.

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Not bad, can hear where John Grant got some stuff

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The 'cool' Beach Boy's cult solo album. Cheesy 70's rock. Best Tracks: River Song, Pacific Ocean Blues, Rainbows

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3

Ok

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3

Quite nice and funky, good range of songs

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3

Sounds good enough, pleasant to listen to. But it's also extremely unremarkable and I sort of forgot what each song sounded like as soon as the next one started. Good for background listening during work though.

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Pink floyd meets beach boys production meets bob segar.

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It's ok. Kinda generic 70's grooves.

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highlights: river song, friday night, thoughts of you, time, pacific ocean blues, end of the show

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Man, so much of this is the kind of ambitious and maybe over-produced vibe that I can really dig. But why does his voice destroy it for me? Something about it doesn't fit, like he's trying too hard or something. Something about the whole album seems to say "This is a serious album" and I can't take it seriously. And I can't help thinking about Brian Wilson's stuff and how it's more ambitious and less serious and how I like it more than this. But not 100% more. I also just found out my folks voted for Trump a second time, so I'm not in a great mood. Sorry, Dennis.

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3

so far good. i like dreamer, thoughts of you, time,

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Sad, reminds me of a bad trip at points. Strange arrangement at times (overproduced, orchestral pieces). Not clamouring for a re-listen

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3

Another pretty good album, will definitely return to this. Very nice, quiet, harmonised vibrant songs.

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3

Really relaxing, and I enjoyed it while it was on, but none of the individual songs stood out to me.

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3

First half of the album i liked a fair bit but began to drag a bit as it went on, but yeah pretty decent

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This is a fun album. 33 tracks is an utter marathon though and I wasn’t ready for this after a weekend of heavy drinking. I’m listening to catch up as I also had to do Tom Waits today. Following a bit of research, it’s only a 12 song record so thankfully I didn’t have to push thru the full 33 extended edition. Interesting development and departure from the Beach Boys sound so you can see why he took on a solo album to explore different directions. Dreamer is a slick groove and there are some other tracks that are nice for background noise.

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Not offensive but not particularly remarkable

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Grew on me a lot in the second listen. Very nice as background music, but some of the songs I saved were worthy of multiple listens Saved: River Song, Time*, Tug of Love

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It wasn’t the beach boys

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3

Pretty good at times but dragged down by a few of the boring tracks. Middle of the road in the end.

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Very hazy dreamy melodies, lots of slow jams. Songs are all fairly short, get their point across and then onto the next. Not bad, good chillout album. He really likes fading out to end songs.

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Fängt ziemlich öde an, wird dann aber ganz ok, will aber nie so ganz richtig in die Gänge kommen. Trotzdem um Längen besser als die Pet Sounds von den Beach Boys.

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well, that was all over the place. double album, styles galore...weird. i'm not sure what else to feel about this one, other than that it seemed like it could've been maybe 4 different albums, but homeboy only had a deal for one or something.

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Agreeable, well producer singer songwriter pop with hints of the beach boys.

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I didn't like this as much as I hoped I would. There's a ton of instrumental variety, but nothing that coheres on first listen and nothing that evokes the supernatural charm of the Beach Boys. There are clear peaks and valleys in the tracklist, however, and I suspect there's more than I'm hearing beneath the surface.

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3

Very enjoyable listen.

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Fails to leave a lasting Impression, mellow sound but no song really drives the album

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3

The album’s songwriting was just a bit dull, despite great production and a good vocal performance.

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3

Reminds me of that first George Harrison solo record, though not as grand or ambitious. Still, pretty good.

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I'm not a big fan of the Beach Boys, so before listening to this I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised of the depth and the high level of songwriting for this low-key, non-Beach Boys sounding album. Proof that Brian Wilson wasn't the only musical talent in the family and I would prefer to listen to this over most Beach Boys records!

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3

There are a few special songs on this album. I needed this today.

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6/10

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-I like the background screaming and low voice bit in the breakdown/bridge of "River Song" -The super deep baritone sax(?) on "Dreamer" is cool -"Time" has cool horns and bass groove thing going on -Those couple songs are good but the rest of the album was kinda meh

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Solid three all around. Good, but not great.

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Yeah, it's fine. Nothing special but a good listen.

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I thought this was going to be a throw away for me. But it reminded me of John Lennon solo stuff I was into back in the day.

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"Time" is a jam

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Love the song Pacific Ocean Blues, but the rest of the album is stuffed with two many conflicting influences and styles. It just feels like a hodgepodge of any musical sound that caught Dennis’s fancy. I can see how working firsthand with Brian Wilson would make it seem like that’s how you create a brilliant album, jamming all the things you like together and stirring it up. But the thing is, you have to actually be a musical genius to know how to meld instruments, styles, and influences together in a brilliant way. Musical genius Dennis Wilson is not. Hairy motherfucker too, wasn’t he? Jeez.

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Maybe nitpicking but I liked the individual components here more than the sum of the parts. Enjoyed a lot of fragments and songs from piano/choir, to funk/blues/rock more than the whole album experience. Perhaps not as cohesive as it could have been. Nice instrumentals throughout, really outshined the vocals. Some BB vibes, PF, RS as well. River song, dreamer, time, rainbow.

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January 24th 2022. The best of this album IMO: - Thoughts of You He's a bit intense and dramatic but it's enjoyable. 2.8/5

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Too melancholy for me. But I guess it makes sense considering how sad he must have been throughout his life.

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Some cool moments earning the much coveted third star from the worlds best music critic but didn’t really grab me overall

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Relatively enjoyable. Didn’t like Thoughts of You

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Certaines bonnes chansons, d'autres moyennes. J'ai aimé. Trop long

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Местами цепляющий и очень умиротворяющий альбом. Что сейчас весьма в тему.

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Some interesting music but overall did not find this too compelling.

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Too damn long

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It was okay but the album was too long for me

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A solo album by a beach boy. Definitely a different feel that what The Beach Boys normally provide. This is a slower,sadder, more artistic style album. Incredibly long which brings it down a bit. It’s not terrible just slightly depressing which in its own way is ok. 5.3/10

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He looks like a hobo

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I've listened to a lot of Brian's solo work, but never that of Dennis. I enjoyed this.

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3

This could be a great album of it wasn't such a freaking marathon that blends together by the end. There's some good stuff in here but nothing that really puts it over the edge for me.

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Relaxed, pleasant, a little dark, especially in the extended material. In no way matches up with the frenetic human being Dennis Wilson seemed to have been. If Dennis can pull this album out of soul maybe all of us have some Pacific Ocean Blue in us somewhere.

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Rock (chill), 2,5/10

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Tolkuttoman pitkä! Hienoja fiiliksiä mahtui mukaan, mutta kokonaisuutena puuduttava.

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Forgettable

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Tylsä ja mitäänsanomaton levy. Pari kertaa kuuntelin ja ei herättänyt oikein mitään tunteita. Kyllä taitaa tämä Dennis Wilson ratsastaa veljensä Brianin maineella!

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@@. Some good tracks, pretty downtempo and piano-heavy.

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Meh.

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listenable

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A little confused why this is rated so well. Probably grows on you.

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Please i would very much like to just listen to the Beach Boys instead of Beach Boy

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Tiene momentos a lo Pink Floyd que me han gustado, pero en general se me ha hecho aburrido. Una pena, tenía muchas esperanzas en que me gustara.

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strange

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les harmonies vocal des beach boy étaient géniales et leur musique orginale mais c'est vraiment pas son cas

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Running out of ways to say 'Fine'

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They snuck a Beach Boys song into this album on Youtube music! Sets the mood if you're into it. But a little more downbeat that I would have expected.

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Did not dig

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Paar aardige nummers, maar over het geheel genomen te traag en saai voor mij.

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Je comprends que cela a pu être considéré comme de la bonne musique, mais c’est pas dans mes cordes. Les années 1970 avec des sons disco funk pop jazz, je n’aime pas.

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Iets te zoet allemaal

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What is this album doing on this list?

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dad rock. not for me.

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Listened to a few songs, I didn't really enjoy them, just not my style, and it was too long so I didn't finish. I also feel like his voice was mixed a bit weird.

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Hated it. 2 albums as well jesus christ.

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Its alright, didn't feel strongly about it

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not really my thing...

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This album felt like a drugged out has been beach boy. Not a fan.

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It sounded nice but even the non extended version was a chore to sit through. Just kept waiting for each song to end hoping the next would strike a chord

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I procrastinated listening to this because it just sounded so badly produced in my opinion. The vocals are way too far away. The lyrics are oK I guess on some tracks, but they kinda don’t feel genuine when paired with the music sometimes. Like in Moonshine, it’s like this epic movie strings section for a not-so-epic ballad. And the voice was just... I don’t want to be mean but it kinda sounded like a dude imitating 90s Michael Jackson but not quite pulling it off. I dunno. Just didn’t click, at all, for me. The cheesy, overblown instrumentals paired with the minimalist pals-out-for-karaoke singing. Feels like the guy had like 100 big investors throwing money at him and he was like ”what am I gonna do wit dis” and then like he just employs every musician in LA to make a huge production outta some medium songs that totally didn’t need a huge brass 40s Big Band. (”Dreamer”) ”Thoughts of you” could’ve been really good, and it is alright, but look at the lyrics: All things that live one day must die you know Even love and the things we hold close Look at love look at love look at love they’re too direct. Like I get it, it’s not a pop science book, you don’t have to be so direct about it. It feels like he’s trying to do something poetic and beautiful but the songwriting doesn’t hit you in the emotional soft spot at all, personally at least. And then any impact is totally neutralised by trashy lyrics like: I'm going home To where she waits To share love with me, yeah I'm the kind of guy Who loves to mess around Know a lot of women which is... alright... but... like come on decide on your tone!!🙄 it’s like something taken from the Alan Parsons Project but lacking the edge. That being said, I would respect the opinion of people who like this just for its chill roadtrip vibe energy and I could jam to it. I also might be a bit overly critical because I’ve never heard any of the songs before and because he looks so bored and uninspired in the album art... I think it would be interesting to compare why this doesn't work for me, while both "Eye in the Sky" (Alan Parsons Project) and "Rain Dogs" (Tom Waits) DO. The former has a super elaborate epic production style, like Pacific Ocean Blue, but paired with polished and poppy vocals. Rain dogs has lo-fi, minimalist, eccentric production and backing tracks paired with an equally outlandish vocal performance (I'm not saying Wilson sounds like Waits but you get the point - it's kinda gritty). The style of Wilson's album and its blend of high-end music with gritty singing is anticlimactic and sort of underwhelming whether you were hoping for yacht rock or Cemetery Polka. In Wilson's defense, I respect he may have been trying to drive home the message that even a person who has been fully swept up by the Hollywood fame factory, such as himself, can be a normal, disillusioned karaoke-loving fella. In that case I would give it maybe like an extra half star or so. Good lyrics: ”They couldn't get to heaven in their car”

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This probably deserves more than a 2 but I'm honestly never going to listen to it again so I can't give it 3. The second song "what's wrong" is just terrible and it was hard to recover from that. Terrible. The album highlight for me was halfway through "thoughts of you" when it reminded me of the M*A*S*H theme song for 2 seconds.

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Solid 2, was ok lots of water and rain but couldn't tell you much more didnt draw me in at all.

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This is the type of album I could only tolerate at a free outdoor summer festival, with a good amount of snacks and the polite-est of friends. Each song starts off promising, until the absolute cacophony of instruments takes over, overpowering Wilson’s less than unique voice. I mean, he has a good voice I guess but I don’t think it stands out amidst these slow... weird… dramatic … almost psychedelic arrangements. Overall, the lyrics were unmemorable, maybe because I couldn't actually discern most of them from the unnecessarily epic violin playing. Seriously, why does the first half of Friday Night have an underlying THX intro? You know, that one suspenseful intro before a movie starts playing? LOL Some, like River Song, were a bit too gospel-y for my taste. And OK maybe throwing the trumpet here and there is interesting but like in Dreamer and Thoughts of You I think the way the instruments are being introduced is so arbitrary and abrupt. Too much! Headache inducing, almost. You and I & Pacific Ocean Blues were better than the previously mentioned, because of some consistent beat, but maintained the bland lyrics. My favourite was Only With You. Steady, no swell of random instruments… it was nice to actually hear the lyrics (mostly, “All I wanna do, is spend my life with you...”) but yeah still no lasting impression on me. As someone who doesn't listen to much rock I realize I don't quite have legs to stand on when critiquing this. But Wilson's meh singing makes this objectively less than mediocre. 2 stars for the effort tho, bc clearly there was a ton of effort instrument wise, despite it being over the top.

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"Dreamer" was ok I guess. The rest of the album was pretty forgettable. Reminds me of "Eels" in some places.

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While I strongly believe that Dennis Wilson's solo effort never reaches the heights of almost anything the Beach Boys ever did, Pacific Ocean Blue definitely has its moments, such as the terrific jazz elements on Dreamer and the engaging and personal lyrics on tracks like Rainbows. However, I find myself thinking that most tracks on hear sound like a more gruffy sounding Elvis Costello trying his best to make some sleazy yacht rock about a bunch of nonsense just to escape a sound that he knew worked. For Dennis, it does not. 2/5.

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Can’t Sea What The Fuss Is About

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Pretty uninteresting. 5/10

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A bit slow and wussy for my taste

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Some tracks are enjoyable here and there, but overall the LP left little to no impression on me after the fact.

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Leí la biografía de Dennis mientras escuchaba la primera canción y eso puso mis expectativas un poco arriba, pues dice que era el único Beach Boy que en verdad era surfer, fue amigo de Manson, y su final fue de esos trágicos de rockero. Sin embargo el disco, salvo algunos pequeños chispazos, es bastante soso y nunca llego a atraparme. Incluso a ratos la voz me cayó mal.

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Ok no, nunca ha sido lo mio. Lo siento pero el otro hermano es el que tiene talento real. No es que sea un disco malo pero mucho tiempo he visto que alaban este disco como si hubiera sido una revelación y a mi parecer es un disco bastante normalito. Música decente sin los dotes de Brian que realmente le dan esos toques de genialidad a los Beach Boys. Les gusta defenderlo diciendo que es que el sí era un surfer y cosas similares. También es cierto que era absolutamente indisciplinado, no le interesaba la música y se preocupó más por la fama que obtuvo que por un verdadero trabajo creativo; dejandolo patente al punto que no logró terminar ningún otro disco.

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Definitivement pas de la mauvaise musique Pacific Ocean Blue Dreamer River Song

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geen hoogvlieger. Eerder achtergrondmuziek

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Har aldrig riktigt fattat storheten i Beach Boys, så varför skulle den minst kända Wilsonbroderns soloalbum göra det för mig? Tyvärr faller det ganska platt. Det är väldigt lugnt, rockig, och rätt tråkigt. Ibland blir det lite groovigare, som i Pacific Ocean Blues, en helt ok låt. Albumet handlar till stor del om en frihetslängtan, en längtan till naturen, bort från stadens stress. Texterna är dock ofta rätt dåliga, och känns ibland lite för grabbigt amerikanskt "hillbilly". Som här, i Friday Night: "Shirts off you motorcycle rider Night hider and people who pray I believe my Jesus is in my soul Come on my brother, let's a-rock and roll" Gillar det lite mer experimentella partiet i tredje versen i Thoughts of You. Time är bra, speciellt andra halvan, som inleds med en fantastisk trumpet(?)brygga som accelererar feelingen i låten och bygger upp det aggressiva outrot. Avslutningslåten Only With You är en fin kärleksballad. Pluspoäng för den maffiga skägg-frilla-kombon på omslaget. Bästa låt: Time.

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Pacific Ocean Blue is the debut solo album from Dennis Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys. This rock/pop album was released six years before his death and he had also been working on a second solo album. The reissue of this album in 2008 included a lot of bonus tracks, many of them pulled from Wilson's potential second album. At release this album received mixed reviews, but in retrospect it is seen as a classic, and some even view it as a cult classic. I enjoyed the main tracks of this album, but the bonus tracks were obviously not completed in the way I assume Dennis Wilson wanted them to be. The album was relaxing and beautiful, but I don't think I'd listen to it again.

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Just bit boring. It's fine. Just meh

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I thought this would be more interesting / more fun. It’s very much regular 70s rock.

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Not really my style

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Enjoyed fair

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Genre: Pop Rock 2/5 Dennis certainly ain’t Brian. One of the Wilson's of Beach Boys fame, this one named Dennis, decided one day to make the most boring album he could. He had a little too much money, so he over produced it a bit, rendering it not quite as boring as it could've been, but god damn this is still pretty boring. A lot of strings, a lot of ballads, and one good song (River Song). This hits a lot of the right buttons that you might generally expect from a pop rock album, but with none of the pizzazz. Dennis Wilson did all of this as robotically as one could, with nothing sounding original, genuine, or interesting. Very low energy and another album that exists in this book purely becuase of the fame of the man behind it, and because some editor listened to it way too much. Go hang out with Manson some more, you weirdo.

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Dreamer is a cool song. Thoughts Of You follows up and is also really stretches its dyanmic muscles. Decent album but im not really into the Wilson brothers mystique

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bland. I didn't enjoy. He needs his brothers!

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I love The Beach Boys. At least three of the songs on this album sound like The Eagles. I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man. "Thoughts of You" kind of reminds me of Eels which was interesting at least.

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Meh

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Sounds very much of its time ie like Beach Boys, Beatles etc. Not for me

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Musiikkihan sinällään oli ihan ok, mut 2 vitun tuntia aivan liikaa mulle. Koko viikonlopun ajan yritin kuunnella loppuun, mut en tainnu ees ehtiä ku piti välillä muutakin kuunnella. Taidan olla musiikillisesti sivistymätön paskiainen

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meh

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To me, the most memorable song on the album is "School Girl", which is memorable for the wrong reasons. I'd much rather listen to "Pet Sounds".

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Wilson was into alcohol, drugs, and Manson...and it shows.

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Not diggin it

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"Pacific Ocean Blue". A tropical title that is not that unusual for a Beach Boy. But of course, he'll deliver music here that is different from the famous band's music. And the result is just a bunch of forgettable rock and ballads. It's such a boring album. Dennis Wilson himself panned this album for "having no substance". And... it DOES have substance -- a product of his personal stuggles for the past seven years -- but it still sucks. The more I listen to moody rock music, the more I learn how I hate it. This album is clearly not for me, and I'm not sure if it should be on this list. "Dreamer" is such a slick banger, though. I wish there was more of the track's tropical energy throughout the album.

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Dull

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s h i t

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Standard 70's West Coast fare here, it is ok but doesn't grab me as a classic. has some catchy tunes like "What's Wrong" the Title Track "Pacific Ocean Blues" and "You and I". But to be honest the drugs and alcohol (and probably his relationship with Charles Manson) were taking there toll by this time. As I say not a memorable album for me and a bit boring really.

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