Dennis Wilson -
Bambu (The Caribou Sessions)
Produced by Dennis Wilson, John Hanlon & Gregg Jakobson
Except UNDER THE MOONLIGHT, IT'S NOT TOO LATE, CONSTANT COMPANION & ALL ALONE, Produced by Dennis Wilson & Carli Munoz
Executive Producer: James William Guercio
Released June 17, 2008 - Caribou/Epic/Legacy 88697-07916-2 (Sony/BMG) Disc Two
"It's almost unheard of to be recording your second album before the first one is even released"; David Leaf posed this leading statement to Dennis Wilson in August of 1977, during an interview for the September issue of Leaf's "Pet Sounds" fanzine. In fact, Dennis was already at work on his followup to Pacific Ocean Blue earlier that year, before POB was even finished, let alone released...when discussing his future plans with Jim Girard of Cleveland's "Scene" Magazine back in January, Dennis said "Also, I'm gonna do my second solo album, Tornado. I'm already working on that album" (Dennis probably got that provisionary album title from the Beach Boys' horn section, The Tornadoes...or they got it from him). In August, he told Leaf, "They (the record company) call it one, two, three. I just don't stop recording. You're talking to, if there ever was, a freak or somebody completely into it, I am home here at the studio or playing music on the road. When I go to the shack that I stay at, I hate it. Music is everything. The stage, recording music, signing autographs, worrying about the airplay, worrying about talking to you, everything. If there was ever a real lover in my life, it'd be Karen Lamm and music. Sounds silly, doesn't it? I just love it. I have so much fun doing it". One important thing to realize is that the Bambu music is not so much a sequel to POB as it is a continuation of it...Bobby Figueroa says, "While we were recording Pacific Ocean Blue we also started recording tracks for Bambu. It was all intertwined". John Hanlon sheds further light on the timeline: "As more time got spent on Pacific Ocean Blue, he needed to get further away from it, to stay objective. And that's when all this other stuff started happening...everybody thinks 'Oh...here's POB, and this is where he started Bambu'. It was at the same time in that latter half of that year (1976), those things started unfolding...When he was too close to what he was working on, on overdubbing on Pacific Ocean Blue, he'd step away from that and start doing other things, and other ideas and snippets of sounds; those became the starting point of Bambu...everything and anything - and this is what people seem to miss - that Dennis worked on that didn't go on Pacific Ocean Blue or wasn't finished in time for Pacific Ocean Blue was going to be Bambu. Dennis was working in early 1977 - as he was still finishing Pacific Ocean Blue - he was cutting stuff all the time". The way Dennis described it to Leaf, "The next album is a hundred times what Pacific Ocean Blue is. It kicks. It’s different in a way. I think I have more confidence now that I’ve completed one project, and I’m moving on to another". That fall, during a radio interview at KUGN-FM in Eugene, Oregon, Dennis said "The new album I'm working on now is much more...you could say, 'rock 'n' roll' than the other one". Tracks laid down that year intended for Bambu include "Love Remember Me" with its Spectorian choral section, "He's A Bum" with its playful self-mockery, "Wild Situation" with its slow-grooving funk, and "Time For Bed" with its rollicking New Orleans-styled brass and slide guitar. There's also a good chance that Dennis would've included the POB holdovers "School Girl" and "Album Tag Song" as well as the ballad "Cocktails". By the end of the year, Dennis certainly had enough material for at least half an album, and was apparently telling people he was already on to his third.
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