Personnel: Dennis Wilson (keyboards, drums); Ed Tuleja (guitar, background vocals); Earle Mankey, John Hanlon (guitar); Michael Andreas, Charles McCarthy, Janice Hubbard, Bill Lamb, Lance Buller (reeds, horns); Bobby Figueroa, Hal Blaine, Ricky Fataar (drums); John Joyce, Jim Dutch, Karen Lamm-Wilson, Trisha Roach, Double Rock Baptist Choir, Gregg Jakobson, Baron Stewart, Curt Becher, Joe Chemay, Bruce Johnston , Billy Hinsche (background vocals).
Recording information: Brother Studio, Santa Monica, CA.
Photographers: Karen Lamm-Wilson; Ed Roach; Dean O. Torrence.
Arrangers: Dennis Wilson ; Jimmie Haskell.
Though largely ignored upon its original release in 1977, and previously available on CD for a very brief time in the early 1990s, the sole solo album released by Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in his lifetime has long been considered a lost masterpiece. PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE could not be further from the surf and sand, cars and girls world of the Beach Boys' early hits. In its mix of lavish orchestrations, funereal tempos, and haunted, often depressing lyrics, PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE sounds like the spiritual heir not only of PET SOUNDS, but of Neil Young's TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. The two-disc reissue contains outtakes from this album's sesssions as well as the entirety of Wilson's never-released second solo album, written and recorded in 1978 and '79.
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE is a cinematic meditation on loss, both personal and environmental. A trio of wrenchingly intimate songs about a failed relationship anchor the album..."
The Wire (p.46) - "Wilson's solo project now bears flattering resemblance to other cherished winter of discontent discs from the mid-70s, of the order of Big Star's THIRD or Shuggie Otis's INSPIRATION INFORMATION."
Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The music amounts to a compelling period piece....Listen hard, and you can hear the sound of life lived so near the existential edge that it beggars belief."
Mojo (Publisher) (3/01/04, p.55) - Included in Mojo's The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own! - "How can music this expansive, ambitious and affecting have slipped through the cracks?"
Blender (Magazine) (p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] moody, groovy and deeply congenial album. Dennis had his brother Brian's gift for melody..."
Paste (magazine) (p.79) - "Full of lush harmonies, grandiose orchestrations and poignant lyrics, these songs have lost none of their innocent melancholy over the last three decades."