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With the recent release of The Beach Boys original Smile Sessions, it’s time for another round of praise for Brian Wilson’s genius.  And deservedly so.  But brother Dennis Wilson has a “lost” masterpiece up his sleeve as well.  In 1977 he recorded Pacific Ocean Blue, a dense bluesy soulful work which critics loved and a handful of people bought.  It then went out of print for 30+ years before being remastered and re-released in an expanded edition, including some material from the never finished follow up.  On opening track River Song you get a healthy dose of Wilson’s gravelly alcohol ravaged voice, drum and keyboard work, and a crazy baptist choir, all lamenting his growing dislike of city living.  He never did make it out of LA though, and drowned at Marina del Rey in 1983 after a long day of drinking.

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