He dived off a yacht and drowned. Such was the tragic life of Dennis Wilson.
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Rarities [Dumb Angel Vol 14]
This is just tracks 11-25, less tk 23. All in stereo and mono.
Dennis Wilson was a Beach Boy. He stood in the background but was Brian’s inspiration behind many of the Beach Boys’ early singles. When Brian retired, it was Dennis’ songs that proved interesting and showed a maturity that the band never had before. But the lack of a catchy tune meant that his songs were carefully filed away as the band went on to sing about an “endless summer”.
The first 10 songs are all from Bamboo which now has an official release and are not offered. Here are some notes detailing the bonus tracks from Dumb Angel Vol 14 (Bamboo & Bonus Tracks).
Good Timin’ & Angel Come Home - live at The Midnight Special, April 28, 1979.
Quad Symphony - as a favor to Beach Boys engineer Steven Desper, Dennis allowed segments of several song fragments he had recorded in quadrophonic sound to be pressed onto an acetate for Desper to use to demonstrate quad sound. These are unfinished tracks.
River Song - unreleased early version.
San Miguel - recorded June 1978, a Bamboo outtake. This is an alternate instrumental version.
All Of My Love - another part of Quad Symphony. This allegedly contains 350 overdubs of Dennis’ voice.
Pacific Ocean Blues - recorded at Brother Studios, Feb 12, 1975 but rejected for 15 Big Ones. A different version later appeared on Dennis’ solo album Pacific Ocean Blue.
You Are So Beautiful - live at Anaheim Stadium, July 3, 1976 with The Beach Boys including Brian.
He’s A Bum - recorded at Brother Studios in June 1978 for Bamboo. Not sure if the year is correct.
Carry Me Home - recorded in 1971. An unreleased track.
Wild Situation - recorded for Bamboo. This version has no lead vocal.
Lady - recorded on the UK David Frost TV Show in February 1971 with Carl Wilson and Al Jardine on acoustic guitars.
One reason stated for no official release of Bamboo (aka Bambu) was that there would be no interest. In 2008, Sony Music reissued Dennis’ Pacific Ocean Blue and included their version of Bambu as the bonus disc. Sales were unflattering, proving the label right.
Don’t expect anymore Dennis Wilson discs for a long time. The “Sound Of Free” single remains unreleased in official form since it first appeared as a 7-inch single in December, 1970 and only in the UK. Wilson died as he lived.
- The Little Chicken
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.
Track 01. Good Timin’ (live)
Track 02. Angel Come Home (live)
Track 03. Quad Symphony
Track 04. River Song
Track 05. San Miguel
Track 06. All Of My Love
Track 07. Pacific Ocean Blues
Track 08. You Are So Beautiful (live)
Track 09. He’s A Bum
Track 10. Quad Symphony
Track 11. Carry Me Home
Track 12. (I Found Myself In A) Wild Situation [without lead vocal]
13. Sound Of Free [omitted, official release]
Track 14. Interview
Track 15. Lady (live)
The latest Dennis Wilson official release is Bambu. It was recorded in 1978 after Pacific Ocean Blue and remained unreleased for decades. You can buy it here as the bonus disc of Pacific Ocean Blue reissued in 2008.