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Going Public
Bruce Johnston
Going Public
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #1

Originally released in 1977 this CD includes 'I Write The Songs' made popular by Barry Manilow but written by this former Beach Boy who appeared on Pet Sounds. Nine tracks total. 2000 release standard jewel case.


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All Artists: Bruce Johnston
Title: Going Public
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Edsel Records UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/1977
Re-Release Date: 12/12/2000
Album Type: Import
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 740155169725


Album Description
Originally released in 1977 this CD includes 'I Write The Songs' made popular by Barry Manilow but written by this former Beach Boy who appeared on Pet Sounds. Nine tracks total. 2000 release standard jewel case.

CD Reviews

Nice Guys Finishes First
Cynthia S Harvey | Romeoville, IL United States | 07/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this CD! I bought it when it was an album and NEVER thought I'd see it's release on Compact Disc! Thank God it was!I find myself in the peculiar position of having to defend my love for this CD! A lot of my friends are real Beach Boys fans and dismiss this solo outing by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston as a waste of money. Not So! There's some outstanding music here and I highly reccomend it- without reservation!"Won't Somebody dance With Me" is the standout cut- unabashadley romantic- this song immediately grabs your heart, and pulls you into the world of a man watching his daughter ("a lonely wallflower") at a dance, hoping to be asked to dance. A wonderful little production that hits all the right notes.Bruce wrote "Disney Girls" for the Beach Boys, "I write The Songs" for Barry Manilow and "Rendezvous" for the Hudson Brothers. He reprises each of these songs on this Cd and makes them all uniquely his own."Rock and Roll Survivor" is another outstanding cut- Bruce goes country and does so with style. I love this song- the production on this one is especially strong."Pipeline" is another show of Bruce's versatility- this is an impressive, spirited disco-fied version of the surf classic. Bravo bruce. This cut rocks.Great Songs, Great Voice and Great production throughout by Gary Usher makes this CD a keeper!"
Bruce's mid-70s BB hiatus yields this?
S. Lyons | Pleasantville, USA | 05/07/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Bruce Johnston is a very gifted singer/musician and a really nice guy. I met him at a post-concert party in 1995. Reportedly due to the new management of Jack Riley in the early 1970s, Bruce took a break from being in the Beach Boys. South Africaners Blondie Chaplin (later to back up the Stones on their 1999 tour) and Ricky Fataar (later of the Rutles) hopped aboard the BB tour team, and contributed to their '72-'74 albums. Bruce, meanwhile, was doing something. This 1977 disco-fied release seems to have been the only yield. Had it had more new material, I might have been able to stomach the tasty (but still disco) arrangements. GP has a disco version of "Pipeline" (yikes!), simpler, understated arrangements of "Dierdre", "Disney Girls", and "I Write The Songs". Remember that Bruce penned this last tune as a tribute to Brian Wilson, and his recording here was done with the Calif. Boys Choir, under the direction of Doug Neslund, with whom I myself worked over a decade later (another really nice guy). It's sad that during their shows in the 90s, Mike Love was known to make fun of Barry Manilow and Bruce's tune just as Bruce would mount a Fender Rhodes to do a solo live version of it.The bottom line is that this album -- now reissued onto CD -- is really only for BJ and BB completists, or for anyone who wants to do the hustle to a surf rock classic. In his defence Bruce rejoined America's Band right after this album, and went on to helm the knobs for the next two BB albums -- the Light Album, and Keeping The Summer Alive, both of which shine with tasty studio production. Even the disco remake of "Here Comes The Nite" is tolerable as the culmination of the Beach Man's solo effort here."
So much promise, nothing delivered
jp5472 | Haddon Heights, NJ USA | 07/24/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Bruce Johnston had some interesting songs included in the late 60's "20-20"/early 70's "Sunflower" and "Surf's Up" Beach Boys albums. They were lush full productions, intricately woven that showed perhaps a talent waiting to emerge. Unlike the Wilson brothers solo efforts, most notably Brian (of course) and Dennis, this solo effort by Johnston does not come remotely close to those prior recordings in quality in this recording released 6 years after Johnston quit the band. The songs from top to bottom each sound like they were recorded by the house producer who didn't care. The vocals throughout the album are again pathetically produced and tinny sounding to a point of embarrassment. After hearing this album, I am thoroughly convinced that either Brian and/or Carl Wilson were behind the finished quality of Johnston's efforts on Beach Boys albums. Johnston comes nowhere close to that quality here. Johnston had success after leaving the Beach Boys as the writer of "I Write the Songs" (his own rendition included here) which was a major hit for Barry Manilow....but, he clearly demonstrates here that that was the exception in a 40 year career. You might want just to complete a collection, but that will be the goal of only the hearty few who absolutely have to have everything ever connected with a band....My recommendation: Skip this one."