Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Summertime Blue(s)

This record was, for a long time, the holy grail for a certain type of record hunter; unavailable since the early nineties, deleted in 1979, blah blah blah. This changed a few years ago when MP3s appeared on various blogs allowing the tech-friendly but apathetic Beach Boys fan (like myself) to get hold of it, and recently, it has surfaced again. Properly.

'Pacific Ocean Blue' has been given the "legacy edition" treatment, which means you get a second disc of what would have been 'Bambu' (or 'Bamboo'... apparently the master tapes are labelled with both spellings) had
Dennis not fallen off his boat.

Now, this isn't exactly news, but it is a fucking great record; if there is even a tiny bit of your heart that soars when listening to glorious Californian-sun-drenched sounds (and that includes you, Fleet Foxes fans), then I urge you to go and get hold of it. Your life will be all the richer for it.

Ash has a copy on vinyl. The bastard.

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