Dennis Wilson – Farewell My Friend

• “Farewell My Friend” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to brodieman1999.

8.7 “Excellent Pop Ballad from the USA”

From his album “Pacific Ocean Blue” (Caribou Records PZ-34354) released in 1977.

There’s some lame to average soft rockers on Dennis’ acclaimed solo LP, but so too there are some shimmering nuggets lurking within, witness exhibit A, “Farewell My Friend”. We’re a million miles away from “Fun, Fun, Fun” are we not? Puts me in mind of Eels bloke, Mark Everett.

Some nice background from the Wiki:

“Farewell My Friend” is a song written by Dennis Wilson. It was released as the tenth track for his 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue. The song was released as a single in Europe as the B-side of the “River Song” single. The single however, failed to chart. The track, as with the rest of the album, was credited as having been produced by Dennis Wilson and his close friend Gregg Jakobson. Dennis Wilson sings the lead vocals on this and every other track on the album. The song also features vocals from his brother, Carl Wilson.

The song was written as a tribute to Otto Hinsche, the father of Billy Hinsche and the father-in-law of Dennis Wilson’s brother Carl, who was married to Annie Hinsche. Dennis wrote this tribute to Otto Hinsche, as he had died in Dennis’s arms. Dennis described the song as “sort of a happy farewell”.

The song was played at Wilson’s own funeral in January 1984.

You can read all of my favoured album reviews from ’77 here.

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