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Surfin' Around the World/Going Public
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
2007 digitally remastered two-fer featuring a double dose of Beach Boys member Bruce Johnston's solo works on one CD. 1963's Surfin' Around The World is a mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks recorded with his band The... more »
2007 digitally remastered two-fer featuring a double dose of Beach Boys member Bruce Johnston's solo works on one CD. 1963's Surfin' Around The World is a mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks recorded with his band The Surf Stompers, while Going Public from 1977 focuses on his songwriting abilities including his own version 'I Write The Songs', which was turned into a massive hit by Barry Manilow. .The CD comes housed in a slip case and features extensive liner notes. BGO.
Fun and well produced
Gregory C. Sibley | New Orleans | 09/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A combination of early-to-mid sixties surf knock offs like the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean coupled with 1970's solo recordings. Lots of instrumentals here, some sound like 1960s "B" movie beach/surf soundtracks. The highlight is really the later 1970's recordings of solo Bruce - good production, nice melodies and harmonies. Bruce gets to show his skills as a keyboardist, singer, arranger and producer. He was/is overshadowed in the Beach Boys, but here you can see his talent stand out. Lots of obvious influence from genius Brian Wilson. The highlights are "I Write the Songs", Bruce's classic and most well known composition, re-recordings of "Disney Girls" and "Deidre". "Rendevouz" is a catchy little ditty which could have been a hit single for either Bruce or the Beach Boys. If you are a Beach Boys or Bruce fan, you will enjoy it! The CD insert has a nice bio on Bruce, but they could have selected a better cover than a picture of Bruce drinking a beer."
The good and the bad
Robert L. Murt | New Jersey | 07/17/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"OK, I will admit it, I am a Bruce Johnston closet fan. Now having said that, stick with "Going Public" it's full of the hooks and sappy balled writing that we have come to love. By the way If I just reviewed Going Public I would have given it three stars."