The Best Reissues of 2008 by David Fricke


The most handsome Beach Boy was also, in 1977, the most daring. Dennis Wilson's only official solo album, Pacific Summer Blue, was the first by any member of the group, and is still the best: 12 songs of gripping need and tortured beauty, sung in a craggy, soulful voice by a surfer dreamboat for whom the California dream was real, but not enough. Pacific Ocean Blue is Dennis' version of his brother Brian's triumph, Pet Sounds — an intensely personal masterpiece — while the session material from Dennis' planned second album, Bambu, is his version of Brian's SMiLE: a promise aborted and, with his death in 1983, forever unfulfilled.

Check out the rest of David Fricke's list of the top reissues of the year, including U2's early albums, Nina Simone and Hank Williams:

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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