When Dennis drowned at Marina Del Rey that day in December 1983, we really didn't know what we'd lost. I certainly didn't since I never really had the chance to listen to Pacific Ocean Blue before now due to its unavailability in the UK. Now that I have I can say that this is the best solo album by a Wilson, period, and declares without any ambiguity at all just what an accomplished songwriter Dennis had become. Forever had hinted at his talent but nothing really prepares you for this. He could plumb the depths of emotion; he could rock and roll; that great gravelly voice. Has there ever been a lovelier ballad than Only With You (a different version than is on Holland - but still with that gorgeous piano break). The production masterpiece that is Thoughts of You. Time, Rainbows, End of the Show... the list goes on. As I write, I'm listening to It's Not Too Late from Bambu (also included here). What a track, and Carl's amazing backing vocal. Another Wilson so sadly missed. What if.....? Just one question - where's Baby Blue?
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