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10/30/12
The Beach Boys in Concert!:
The Complete History of America's Band On Tour and Onstage
[Hardcover]

June 18, 2013

Jon Stebbins (Author), Ian Rusten (Author)

The Beach Boys in Concert! is an exhilarating day-by-day journey through the triumphs and tribulations of one of rock history's most legendary acts. Over ten years of exhaustive research has produced an unprecedented window into the Beach Boys' thrilling successes, personal tragedies, and interband dramas globe-trotting rock-and-roll adventures from 1961 to 2012. The Beach Boys in Concert! is a solidly factual and highly entertaining ride from the humble beginnings of driving to local gigs in their mom's station wagon to touring the world in private jets with a massive entourage in tow, from nervously playing to a dozen unimpressed Southern California surfers to performing for a half-million worshipping fans on the national mall. The evolution and growth of an entertainment phenomenon is captured here in a far more detailed way than ever before. The Beach Boys in Concert! is the ultimate document for fans when it comes to the group's career as concert performers; no other publication comes close to this tome in scope, detail, and definitive quality. Adding to the feast is an extensive collection of unpublished photos and rare memorabilia images that bring fans deeper into the context of any given era covered in the book. This detailed, illustrated 50-year Surfin' Safari will blow your mind!

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10/2/12
It Happened At Chez Jay
Jon Stebbins and Jay Fiondella

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The book is 130 pages, color photos, 8 X 11 format, softcover. ISBN 978-1-4675-4549-5
(Published by the Jay Fiondella Family Trust)

$25.00 (plus $3.00 shipping)

For over a half-century the legendary Chez Jay restaurant in Santa Monica, California has hosted many of the most famous and talented celebrities on the planet. This tiny "beach dive bar" became the social crossroads of an incredible cultural evolution that has impacted movies, television, music, art, politics and more. Now, for the first time, the incredible history of this iconic treasure as told by its colorful founder and namesake Jay Fiondella, and written by noted author Jon Stebbins, is available in this funny, moving and fast-paced book. With great photos and previously untold stories...It Happened At Chez Jay's...your table is ready!


3/8/2011
The Beach Boys FAQ

All That's Left to Know about America's Band FAQ Series

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author : Jon Stebbins
Release Date: 09/15/2011

A half-century after their first single release, “Surfin',” the Beach Boys continue to define California popular culture and the sunshine-infused sound that will forever be its living soundtrack. But beyond innocent harmonies touting the delights of catching waves and cruising to the drive-in, the Beach Boys are responsible for some of the most sophisticated pop/rock music ever made. Brian Wilson's acclaimed production, the 1966 LP Pet Sounds, was both a creative triumph that inspired the Beatles' best work, and a commercial disappointment that was widely misunderstood by the band's U.S. fans. The Beach Boys followed that with perhaps the greatest three-minute rock single ever, “Good Vibrations,” which wowed the critics, was a worldwide number one hit, and ushered Brian Wilson down the path of substance abuse and mental illness. Brian then leapt into the abstract madness of Smile, his epic psychedelic masterpiece that was ultimately scrapped in a 1967 sea of paranoia that nearly drowned the Beach Boys as an act.

As the 1970s dawned, the endless summer of nostalgia designated the Beach Boys as its favorite sons. They recorded a critically lauded string of albums even while coping with the knowledge that their creative leader, Brian Wilson, had become a semipermanent recluse and a casualty of his own excess. Still, the Beach Boys continued through controversy, conflict, and death, rising again and again to find more popularity and more commercial peaks into the 1980s and beyond. As the new millennium unfolds, the Beach Boys are still here and continue to be a popular concert attraction and one of rock's most compelling and important stories. In The Beach Boys FAQ, Jon Stebbins explains how the band impacted music and pop culture. This entertaining, fast-moving tome is accompanied by dozens of rare images, making this volume a must-have for fans.

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Jon Stebbins with sisters Tina and Carla Jon Stebbins and Lindsey Buckingham

 

2/24/10
Rock and Roll Band

I was called in a couple of weeks ago to help out on the L.A. shoot for a BBC TV documentary set to air in May titled "Rock and Roll Band". Its a five-part series with each part dedicated to examining a specific role in the Rock band, including lead guitar, vocalist, drummer, bassist, and "other"... 

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12/30/09
Stebbins to write Beach Boys edition for Backbeat Books

Author Jon Stebbins has been signed to Backbeat Books, an imprint of the Hal Leonard Publishing Group, to write the Beach Boys edition for their popular FAQ book series. The FAQ series is subtitled “All That’s Left to Know and More” with an emphasis on digging deeply into the details and minutia of the evolution of the band and its recordings. Books covering The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and others have either been released or are on the horizon for Backbeat’s FAQ series. The Beach Boys FAQ title will be among the most extensive volumes in the series with Stebbins meticulously investigating the entire 50-year history of the band. The approximately 400-page book will be illustrated with rare photos and memorabilia images.

Stebbins also has a revised and updated edition of his Dennis Wilson – The Real Beach Boy book in the works, as well as a new collaboration in development with New York writer Howie Edelson. The Beach Boys FAQ will be the first of the three books to see release, as Backbeat expects it in the market prior to The Beach Boys 50th anniversary year of 2011.


6/29/09
Moment in the Sun
ASCAP Playback
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Beach Boy DENNIS WILSON'S brilliantmusic shines under a new light

Dennis Wilson (right)is pictured in the studio<br> 
          with Gregg Jakobson Dennis Wilson (right)is pictured in the studio with Gregg Jakobson

It isn't common knowledge, but it is a fact that pop genius Brian Wilson was not the first member of The Beach Boys to release an acclaimed solo project. That honor went to Brian's younger brother Dennis, the band's sex-symbol drummer, who shocked the industry in 1977 with a gorgeous solo LP titled Pacific Ocean Blue. Dennis was, and is, mostly known for his bad boy persona and wild lifestyle choices, which unfortunately led directly to his tragic death in 1983 at age 39. But to a loyal cult of fans, Dennis Wilson represents one of the most passionate songwriters of alltime. And finally, 2008 saw the long awaited re-release of his truly magnificent Pacific Ocean Blue in a deluxe package that also includes Dennis's legendary unreleased follow up Bambu. The double-disc package was released on the Caribou/ Legacy label last year.

Dennis Wilson was living proof that The Beach Boys' iconic California image was no myth. Born the middle child in a family of gifted singers, musicians and songwriters, Dennis was undoubtedly the square peg. Early on, Dennis rarely hung around the Wilsons' piano and harmonized; instead he became a constant seeker of action and fun. Dennis lived in constant motion and celebrated freedom as if he'd invented it himself. Once the Beach Boys were formed, he gamely pounded the drums with passion if not precision. More importantly, it was Dennis who inspired his big brother Brian to write songs about surfing, hot-rods and California girls, and of course, the rest is history. As the Beach Boys evolved into stars, Dennis became a living symbol of the freewheeling west-coast lifestyle. That was Dennis Wilson the "Beach Boy"...which made what came later all the more intriguing.

Even before the cultural euphoria of the 60's had peaked, the perceived sunny innocence of The Beach Boys and their summer dream had already become part of yesterday. After crafting dozens of era-defining hits, an increasingly troubled Brian Wilson withdrew into semi-seclusion while the Beach Boys looked elsewhere for new songs. Few would have predicted wild-child Dennis would be the one who emerged from Brian's massive shadow as a prolific source of composing talent, but the lessons of Brian's incredible artistic gift, one that generated what many consider the greatest pop LP ever in Pet Sounds, were not lost on Dennis. He developed a soulful style that retained some of Brian's harmonic sense while simultaneously breaking new ground with his introspective and intimate balladry. Dennis drew much inspiration from the classical inventions of 19th century German composer Richard Wagner, from whom he adapted a penchant for dramatic orchestrations and chromatics.

With a maturing confidence, Dennis Wilson composed a string of impressive titles like "Little Bird," "Be With Me," "Cuddle Up" and "Only With You," which were standouts in the 1968 - 1973 era Beach Boys catalog. One song in particular entitled, "Forever," which graced the group's LP Sunflower, has become something of a timeless romantic favorite, covered in recent concerts by none other than Brian Wilson himself. The song was co-written with Dennis's longtime friend and collaborator Gregg Jakobson. When it came time to develop a Dennis Wilson solo project, it was Jakobson who served as Dennis's co-producer and who also contributed lyrics to many of his amazingly diverse tracks. "Dennis had a gift that was similar to Brian's," says Jakobson. "He just had a great instinct for melodies and chords and he was always at the piano trying to find that next song."

Grammy-winning producer James Guercio was one of the first to recognize Dennis's potential beyond the Beach Boys and signed him to a solo record deal on his Caribou label in 1976. "Dennis was one of the greatest artists I ever had the honor of working with," recalls Guercio who is best known for producing piles of hits for Chicago as well as an album-of-the-year for Blood Sweat and Tears. "Dennis' style was unique. I think some of the things he did are musical masterpieces. It's an absolute tragedy that he died the way he did considering the promise his talent showed." Upon its release in the late summer of 1977, Pacific Ocean Blue proved to be a decent seller and a surprisingly strong critical favorite. As a songwriter, Dennis was compared to John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, and Brian Wilson; however, the music of Dennis Wilson possesses an absolute one-of-a kind fingerprint. It shows little favor for trend or particular genre, while exploring nearly all of them in a fresh way.

The Beach Boys' founding free-spirit and cultural spark plug Dennis Wilson has been gone for nearly a quarter of a century, but in a way he's just arriving. The recent Pacific Ocean Blue/Bambu set includes about 20 previously unreleased songs, many of which rank with his greatest works ever. A mysterious lost song titled "Holy Man," left behind as a complete and typically magical track but with no vocal, has been given special treatment with the addition of a new Jakobson lyric sung by Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. For purists, the original bare track is also included in the package. Jakobson feels the new version is something Dennis would have loved. "There were several attempts at finishing "Holy Man," when Dennis was alive but he was never happy with the lyrics," remembers Jakobson. "I think this finally comes close to the way he would have wanted it."
–Jon Stebbins

With the ego of a lamb
The Holy Man can
Calm the swaggering lust
That is the ego of man
The one you love is everywhere

"Holy Man" lyrics copyright Dennis
Wilson/Gregg Jakobson used
with permission


Jon Stebbins and Taylor Hawkins Danny Rothenberg © 2009
Jon Stebbins and Taylor Hawkins

 

5/3/2009

A new 60 minute documentary film on the life of Dennis Wilson
has been created for the BBC4 Legends series and will premiere in the UK
February 26, 2010.

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4/9/2009
Beach Boys Master Tapes Returned After 45 Years

The new Beach Boys collection due out on May 19th, called Summer Love Songs, was made possible by a longtime fan coming forth with previously unknown session tapes for such classics as "Don't Worry Baby," "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and others. The reels -- which contained the discarded multi-tracks from the Beach Boys' 1964 Shut Down Vol. II album -- enabled the group's production team to create the first true stereo mixes for some of the Beach Boys' most beloved tracks. After the success of the reissue of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue album, Wilson's biographer Jon Stebbins told us that an article in a Northern California newspaper about his work on the project led to the long lost Beach Boys tapes: ["The article was published in the local entertainment weekly and I got an email subsequently from a singer-songwriter named Lance Robison who lives here on the central coast, and he said that he had some Beach Boys tapes that I might be interested in. I hear that thing a lot in my line of business. But, anyway, I emailed him back and asked him a few pertinent questions about it. And his response to my initial email was pretty astounding."

  • Stebbins admits that he was speechless at his first sight of the 45-year-old master tapes: ["He pulled out three tape boxes, and they were original multi-track masters from the Beach Boys' Shut Down Vol. II album. I also knew that the Beach Boys had been missing the master tape -- the multi-track masters. So whereas before, all you had was a 'left' and a 'right' two tracks for a stereo mix; now you could turn it into, y'know, 6, 8, 10 tracks (and) spread it across the spectrum. So, true stereo mixes of these things."
  • From there Stebbins brought the tapes directly to the Beach Boys' official archivist, Alan Boyd. Boyd, who has spent years cataloging the band's session masters and live tapes, had never thought these multi-tracks had survived. Prior to 1965, it was not Capitol Records' standard policy to have artists deliver session tapes along with the finished masters to the label. It's not that the tapes were thought to be "missing" or "lost" -- they were never expected to still exist.
  • Alan Boyd recalls hearing the session tapes as being an incredible personal and professional moment: ["I have been somewhat fanatical about this music since I was about five years old. Y'know, I may have found my way into this job as some deep-seated desire to figure out what made this music tick. It never gets old. When you find something like this for the first time and you really get to hear the creative process, and the boys are getting comfortable with the song and working their way through it. Uh, no, it was a definite 'Whoa, hands are shaking' kind of thing."
  • The missing master tapes enabled Boyd and engineer Mark Linnett to make the first true stereo mixes for "Don't Worry Baby" and "Why Do Fools Fall In Love," both of which lead off the upcoming release.
  • The full tracklisting to Summer Love Songs is: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (new stereo mix), "Don't Worry Baby" (new stereo mix)," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Surfer Girl," "California Girls," "Please Let Me Wonder," "In The Parkin' Lot," "Your Summer Dream," "Kiss Me, Baby," "Hushabye" (new stereo mix), "I'm So Young" (new stereo mix), "Good To My Baby" (new stereo mix), "Fallin' In Love" (new stereo mix of Dennis Wilson solo track)," "Time To Get Alone" (new stereo mix), "Our Sweet Love," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Keep An Eye On Summer," "Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)," and "Girls On The Beach."
  • Jon Stebbins wrote the groundbreaking books Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy and the David Marks biography The Lost Beach Boy.
  • Alan Boyd directed the Beach Boys' 1998 official documentary, Endless Harmony.

The Point!


First time on stage together in 23 years!!

Our reunion was a great success. June 14th 2008 Livermore, Ca...photos by Jim Durkee.


 

Dennis Wilson – The Real Beach Boy

By Jon Stebbins  

Revised Edition - Coming Soon!

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Jon Stebbins and John HanlonPacific Ocean Blue/Bambu mixing sessions with John Hanlon Dec. 2007 House of Blues Studio, Encino, California

BEACH BOY DENNIS WILSON’s 1977 PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE – LEGACY EDITION 30th ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE-CD SET INCLUDES:

• Disc One: Original 12-song album plus 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks

• Disc Two: 17 tracks (all previously unreleased but one) from sessions for Bambu follow-up album, never completed

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters adds a newly-recorded vocal to the last track on disc two, the previously unreleased “Holy Man”.

Original all-star collaborators include Beach Boys Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Billy Hinsche and Ricky Fataar; background vocalists Karen Lamm-Wilson, Christine McVie of Fleeetwood Mac, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of America, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, and more.

Full-color booklet includes previously-unseen photos and extensive essays by a variety of Beach Boys scholars. Latest addition to prestigious Legacy Edition Series arrives in stores June 17, 2008, on Caribou/Epic/Legacy.

“Everything that I am or will ever be is in the music. If you want to know me, just listen.” – Dennis Wilson

Eternal Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s much sought-after 1977 solo album – which Mojo Magazine has heralded as a “buried treasure” -- will return to circulation on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of Wilson’s untimely death in 1983, at age 39. The double-CD PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE – LEGACY EDITION will arrive in stores June 17th on Caribou/Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAIN­MENT. A vinyl edition of the LP will also be released at the same time, on the Sundazed label.

In 1977, Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue became the first solo LP to be released by a member of the legendary Beach Boys. Dennis, the band’s surfer, drummer and free spirit, emerged from the shadow of his older brother, pop genius Brian Wilson, and shocked the industry with a sound and style unlike any other. Over thirty years later Pacific Ocean Blue remains arguably the greatest solo work by a Wilson .

“In all those years since Pacific Ocean Blue became a rare gem, I have been eager to make it more widely available,” says James William Guercio, producer and owner of Caribou Records, who served then and now as executive producer. “The music that caught the ear of critics and fans in 1977 has fallen from popular conscious­ness in the last two decades, and it has long been due this incredible treatment. The devotion that the Legacy Recordings crew has shown to both the official album and the huge number of unreleased tracks is a testa­ment to the strength of Dennis’ musical genius.”

Dozens of musicians and singers collaborated on the Pacific Ocean Blue and Bambu sessions, which took place at numerous studios around Los Angeles , Seattle , and Miami . In addition to Dennis Wilson on vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, and harmonica, there were his wife Karen Lamm-Wilson; Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys on guitar and vocal backgrounds; latter day Beach Boys members Billy Hinsche and Bruce Johnston (vocal backgrounds) and Ricky Fataar (drums); Beach Boys engineer Earle Mankey (guitar); and many West Coast session greats. A host of background vocalists included Christine McVie of Fleeetwood Mac, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of America , Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, and more.

Disc one of PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION will comprise the original 12-song LP sequence: 1. River Song • 2. What’s Wrong • 3. Moonshine • 4. Friday Night • 5. Dreamer • 6. Thoughts of You • 7. Time • 8. You and I • 9. Pacific Ocean Blue • 10. Farewell My Friend • 11. Rainbows • 12. End of the Show. The album was produced by Dennis Wilson & Gregg Jakobson (original co-producer and co-writer); with James William Guercio, executive producer.

In addition, disc one will contain four previously unreleased bonus tracks: 13. Tug Of Love • 14. Only With You • 15. Holy Man (instrumental) • 16. Mexico . These tracks were produced by Dennis Wilson, John Hanlon (credits: the Beach Boys; Crosby , Stills, Nash & Young; Jayhawks; R.E.M; Gillian Welch), and Gregg Jakobson. Of special note, “Only With You” was never known to exist – Dennis co-wrote the song with fellow Beach Boy Mike Love, for the group’s 1973 Holland album, with Carl Wilson singing lead.

Disc two of PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION will be a godsend to Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys devotees around the world – especially those who have been aware of the Bambu album he had hoped to release as a follow-up, but never completed. The tape archive is the source for 17 bonus tracks, all previously unreleased except for one (“All Alone”), from the original Pacific Ocean Blue and Bambu sessions. Bambu has been referenced as “Bamboo” in numerous articles on Dennis and the Beach Boys, but paperwork that accompanied the sessions now reveals the artist always intended for the album to be titled Bambu.

Now titled Bambu (The Caribou Sessions), disc two comprises: 1. Under The Moonlight • 2. It’s Not Too Late • 3. School Girl • 4. Love Remember Me • 5. Love Surrounds Me • 6. Wild Situation • 7. Common • 8. Are You Real • 9. He’s A Bum • 10. Cocktails • 11. I Love You • 12. Constant Companion • 13. Time For Bed • 14. Album Tag Song • 15. All Alone (originally issued on the Capitol Records Soundtrack Endless Harmony) • 16. Piano Variations on Thoughts of You • Bonus Track: 17. Holy Man, with new vocal by Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters.

The Bambu tracks were produced by Dennis Wilson, John Hanlon and Gregg Jakobson; with James William Guercio serving as executive producer. Of special note, “Holy Man” features a newly-recorded vocal by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, a longtime friend of Jakobson. Hawkins, a huge Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys fan, was someone who Jakobson always had in mind to add to the project, should he ever get the chance to revisit some of the unfinished tracks he made with Dennis.

Liner notes for PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION have been written by several Beach Boys scholars, starting with Ben Edmonds, a MOJO contrib­uting editor who has written a 2,500-word essay entitled “Love Remember Me: Dennis Wilson’s Dreams Delivered.” A second essay, “Dennis Wilson: Chronology of a Solo Artist,” has been newly-penned by Jon Stebbins (author of Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy, 2000) and David Beard (editor of the Beach Boys fanzine, Endless Summer Quarterly).

A final essay by David Leaf will appear as a PDF embedded on the Pacific Ocean Blue disc. Leaf is the author of the Brian Wilson biography Beach Boys and the California Myth (1978), and the follow-up, Beach Boys: Spirit of America (1985). He has annotated nearly 30 Beach Boys-related reissue projects, including the Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of the Beach Boys (1993) and The Pet Sounds Sessions (1997) box sets, which he co-produced. Leaf is also an award-winning television producer, director and writer of more than 50 entertainment-related biographies and specials, including An-All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson (TNT, 2001); Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE (Showtime, 2004); and The U.S. vs. John Lennon (Lionsgate/VH1, 2006).

The full-color booklet in PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE – LEGACY EDITION will feature extensive discographic information and rare photos. Among these are the images taken for the original LP package by photo­grapher and lifelong friend Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean), thought for decades to be lost but later uncovered in the Sony Music archives.

Long considered one of the Rosetta Stones of Beach Boys iconography, Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue has been a collectors item virtually since the day it was released. The LP edition, although it sold as well as any Beach Boys title at the end of the 1970s, was out-of-print in the catalog by the early ’80s, when the group’s Caribou Records deal expired with Epic Records (distributed by CBS). The first generation CD transfer of 1991 (non-eq’d) has similarly been out-of-print for over a decade.

For More information, please contact: Bob.Hoch@sonybmg.com


A LONG OUT-OF-PRINT ‘BURIED TREASURE RETURNS IN A DELUXE PACKAGE!

BEACH BOY DENNIS WILSON’S
PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION


“Everything that I am or will ever be is in the music. If you want to know me, just listen.”
-- Dennis Wilson

30th anniversary 2-CD set includes (disc one) original 12-song album plus previously unreleased bonus tracks, and (disc two) additional rare tracks, including later sessions for the unfinished follow-up Bambu album arrives in stores May 13, 2008, on Caribou/Epic/Legacy

Eternal Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s 1977 solo album, the first solo album by any Beach Boy – out-of-print and unobtainable for more than a decade except as a pricey collectors item or bootleg – will return to circulation on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of its creator’s untimely death in 1983, at age 39. The double-CD PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION arrives in stores May 13th on Caribou/Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. A vinyl edition of the LP will also be released at the same time, on the Sundazed label.

As of this writing, complete component details of the PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION package are still being finalized, as the tape vaults of the Beach Boys and Caribou Records continue to be combed for new treasure. Initial plans call for disc one to include the original 12-song LP sequence: 1. River Song • 2. What’s Wrong • 3. Moonshine • 4. Friday Night • 5. Dreamer • 6. Thoughts of You • 7. Time • 8. You and I • 9. Pacific Ocean Blue • 10. Farewell My Friend • 11. Rainbows • 12. End of the Show. In addition, disc one will contain previously unreleased bonus tracks that have never appeared on any bootleg product.

Disc two of PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION will be a godsend to Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys devotees around the world – especially those who have been aware of the Bambu album he had hoped to release as a follow-up, but never completed. The tape archive is the source for over a dozen bonus tracks, all previously unreleased, from the original Pacific Ocean Blue and Bambu sessions. Bambu has been referenced as “Bamboo” in numerous articles on Dennis and the Beach Boys, but paperwork that accompanied the sessions now reveals the artist always intended for the album to be titled Bambu.

All unreleased tracks have been mixed by Wilson’s original engineer John Hanlon (the Beach Boys; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Jayhawks; R.E.M; Gillian Welch) with Gregg Jakobson (original co-producer and co-writer) and Jim Guercio (producer and owner of Caribou Records).

Liner notes for PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION will come from a variety of Beach Boys scholars. David Leaf is the author of the Brian Wilson biography Beach Boys and the California Myth (1978), and the follow-up, Beach Boys: Spirit of America (1985). He has annotated nearly 30 Beach Boys-related reissue projects, including the Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of the Beach Boys (1993) and The Pet Sounds Sessions (1997) box sets, which he co-produced. Leaf is also an award-winning television producer, director and writer of more than 50 entertainment-related biographies and specials, including An-All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson (TNT, 2001), and Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE (Showtime, 2004). Additional essays will feature by Jon Stebbins (author of Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy), Mojo magazine contributing editor Ben Edmonds, and David Beard (editor of the Beach Boys fanzine, Endless Summer Quarterly).

The set’s full-color booklet will include extensive discographic information and memorabilia. Among these are the images taken for the original LP package by photographer and lifelong friend Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean), thought for decades to be lost but later uncovered in the Sony Music archives.

Long considered one of the Rosetta Stones of Beach Boys iconography, Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue has been a collectors item virtually since the day it was released. The LP edition, although it sold as well as any Beach Boys title at the end of the 1970s, was out-of-print in the catalog by the early ’80s, when the group’s Caribou Records deal with Epic ran out.


Wilson's 'Ocean' Set For Expanded Reissue
Reprinted from Billboard.com 1.24.08

January 24, 2008, 10:25 AM ET

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson's cult classic 1977 solo album, "Pacific Ocean Blue," will be released May 13 in an expanded edition by Caribou/Epic/Legacy. The project has been out of print for more than 15 years due to copyright disputes.

Billboard.com has learned that "Pacific Ocean Blue" will be available in a two-CD edition as well as a vinyl version via Sundazed. Disc one of the reissue will include the original 12-track album plus previously unreleased bonus songs which are still being sorted through by label archivists.

Hardcore fans will be delighted with the contents of the second disc, which will make available for the first time songs intended for "Bambu," Wilson's never-released follow-up to "Pacific Ocean Blue."

Liner notes for the album are being penned by Beach Boys scholars such as David Leaf, Jon Stebbins, Ben Edmonds and David Beard, and the package will feature photographs by Wilson's close friend, Jan & Dean's Dean Torrence.

"Pacific Ocean Blue" was the first solo album from a Beach Boys member, and featured Wilson in songwriting collaborations with his brother Carl as well as Beach Boys frontman Mike Love.

The unreleased tracks on the new edition were mixed by Wilson's original engineer, John Hanlon, with "Pacific Ocean Blue" co-writer/producer Gregg Jakobson and Caribou Records owner Jim Guercio.

Wilson drowned on Dec. 28, 1983, in Marina Del Rey, Calif., after struggling with drug addiction for several years.


"The Lost Beach Boy" Book Signing

Original Beach Boys guitarist David Marks and author Jon Stebbins appeared together and signed copies of their acclaimed new book The Lost Beach Boy (Virgin Books) at Book Soup on the Sunset Strip on Friday evening, August 24th. The event included a question and answer session for those in attendance. Book Soup is known worldwide as “The Bookseller to the Great and Infamous”. The store’s reputation has long been established for its celebrity clients and its unique standing in the Hollywood community as THE place for author events. Book Soup is located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California.