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NOTE: On June 18th, 2008, Sony BMG/ Legacy Recordings released the long awaited reissue of Dennis Wilson's masterwork, the acclaimed 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue. Aside from a brief CD release in 1992, this is the first time this album has been widely available to the public since it's first appearance. Included in this release is a second disc packed with previously unreleased material from sessions leading up to a second solo album, tentatively titled BAMBU.

So, have you heard the new release? What do you think? What surprised you? Do you have questions? Reviews? Opinions? - they are all welcome here.

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Re: Recording dates for Love Surrounds Me

As Jon said, even when it was intended for The Boys, he tended to record alone. When we arrived at Criteria Studios in Florida, (on a one week break from a tour of the south, they booked the Bee Gee's studio to begin their first album for CBS), Dennis immediately found a smaller, detached studio. There, he set up shop and began overdubbing "Love Surrounds Me". Brian was really cooking when we first arrived, and it was great to see him in action. However, Dennis kept dragging me across the lot to assist him.

Craig's fantastic site, (thanks for reminding me it's there, Jon!), mentions an earlier overdub session, at Kaye-Smith in Seattle. I swear I remember other studios around the country where he worked on the song; (I definitely have more of a variety of mixes of that track than any other song he wrote).

I think he would have loved for The Boys to have shown his work more respect. Sadly, it seemed they only usually turned to him when they'd have albums rejected... He'd always let them take what they needed to get the company to accept a finished album - much like what Fleetwood would do to Lindsey's solo work!

Re: Recording dates for Baby Blue

Here's the recording info I found for "Baby Blue", which isn't really discussed in my "Bambu" essay since it didn't make it onto the Legacy edition:

First tracking session was at Brother Studio, Monday January 9, 1978, 1:30pm-3:00pm.

Second tracking session (either a new version, or more likely new overdubs onto the January 9th track) was at Brother Studio, Monday January 30, 1978, 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Harp & horn were overdubbed the next day, at Brother Studio, Tuesday January 31, 1978, 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Strings were added at Brother, Friday February 3, 1978, 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Carl mentioned in a radio interview promoting the "Light Album" that "Baby Blue" was also worked on at Caribou: according to the evidence, this would have been in mid-February, 1978.

Carl & Dennis' vocals were recorded at Kaye-Smith Recorders (probably Studio B, a great-sounding room that most people tended to use), Seattle, WA, Monday July 17 or Tuesday July 18, 1978.

The Beach Boys' vocals in the bridge were added at Criteria (probably Studio C), Miami, FL, probably Tuesday August 29, 1978. Their vocals in the tag section were apparently added sometime later, perhaps at Western back in L.A.

Finally, bass (by Joe Chemay) was recorded at Sounds Good Recording, Friday November 10, 1978, 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Re: Recording dates for Baby Blue

Thanks Craig - that's a great song. Since Carl's vocals are all over it, I wonder if it would have been on Bambu had it not been given to LA Light...

Re: Recording dates for Baby Blue

That makes BBS Australian tour in the middle of the Baby Blue recording dates.

I assume Love Surrounds Me started in Karen Lamm's time and ended in Christine McVie's.

No wonder these two songs have so many different versions.

Re: Recording dates for Baby Blue

Thanks Craig - that's a great song. Since Carl's vocals are all over it, I wonder if it would have been on Bambu had it not been given to LA Light...

I think probably so, because Carl is also heavily featured on "It's Not Too Late", and because in a radio interview in the midst of their February/March Australian tour, Carl stated that he would be "doing" Dennis' next album with him (likely referring to a guest lead vocal on "Baby Blue", and the rough vocal of which that we hear on bootlegs probably came from this time period).

Re: Recording dates for Baby Blue and Love Surrounds Me?

Baby Blue was the B side on the Here Comes The Night single from the LA Light album. The single was released on February 13th '79. The Song was written Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson/Karen Lamm.

Love Surrounds me was the B side on the Good Timin single. The single was released on April 16th '79. The Song was written by Dennis Wilson/Geoffry Cushing Murray.

Good Timin hit #40 and #12 on the adult contemporary charts.

Dennis was such a great talent and such a great loss. The Beach Boys Summer Love Songs have Fallin' in Love/Lady which is tremendous. Originally released in December '70 with Daryl Dragon. Take a listen and it makes you miss Dennis that much more.

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