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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
"I Write the Songs" was covered by the Captain & Tennille both in English and Spanish, by David Cassidy, and, of course, hit big for Barry Manilow two years before the release of this solo disc by one of the Beach Boys. With Elton John alum Caleb Quaye on electric guitar, along with Richie Zito, Kathy Dragon on flute, the California Boys Choir, and a song each co-written with Brian Wilson and Rocket Records recording artist the Hudson Brothers, this outing does not have the star power of David Cassidy's The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall album from 1975, which was co-produced by Johnston; however, Johnston does much more with less. "I Write the Songs" is nice,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
"I Write the Songs" was covered by the Captain & Tennille both in English and Spanish, by David Cassidy, and, of course, hit big for Barry Manilow two years before the release of this solo disc by one of the Beach Boys. With Elton John alum Caleb Quaye on electric guitar, along with Richie Zito, Kathy Dragon on flute, the California Boys Choir, and a song each co-written with Brian Wilson and Rocket Records recording artist the Hudson Brothers, this outing does not have the star power of David Cassidy's The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall album from 1975, which was co-produced by Johnston; however, Johnston does much more with less. "I Write the Songs" is nice, but Manilow's voice and overproduction is what the song needed, and got. That said, having the songwriter's emotions on record is important, and the hit presence of the song doesn't disturb the seamless presentation here. Johnston, like Randy Edelman, Tim Moore, and other quality songwriters from the era, has a pleasant voice, which is very effective on "Disney Girls." "Rock and Roll Survivors," with references to being a "dried out troubadour," is more like "C&W Survivor" -- it sounds like a rocker in his sixties lamenting his former profession. Had Johnston made this a tip of the hat to Ricky Nelson, it might've worked, but as it stands, it's a pleasant country tune that sounds misrepresented in this pop setting. The Brian Wilson co-write "Deirdre" is sweet, and Beach Boys sounds do invade side one to good effect. "Don't Be Scared," on the other hand, is Johnston keeping within his vocal range and not taking many chances. Burton Cummings' "I'm Scared" was a little more effective with this theme, but the production is lush, and the tune does not offend. "Rendezvous" is very interesting. Co-written by the Hudson Brothers, one cannot ignore the fact that Brian Wilson producer Andy Paley co-wrote a song with the same title released on RCA's the Sidewinders' album five years prior. Paley would not produce Wilson until the '80s, but he's well-known within the Beach Boys/girl group/Phil Spector circles. "Pipeline" is a real strange one. Imagine Gamble & Huff re-working the Chantays' early-'60s hit. This sounds more like TSOP than "The Sound of Beach Boys," and is an interesting inside joke to end the album with. Overall, a good effort, and an indication that, perhaps, Johnston should re-record the vocals on David Cassidy's 1995 disc and release the two together on one CD. There is some really fine material on both records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • EAN: 4571191056580
  • Catalog Number: 973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Write the Songs (4:05)
  2. 2 Deirdre (4:10)
  3. 3 Thank You Baby (4:23)
  4. 4 Rendezvous (2:27)
  5. 5 Won't Somebody Dance With Me (4:01)
  6. 6 Disney Girls (5:09)
  7. 7 Rock and Roll Survivor (2:54)
  8. 8 Don't Be Scared (3:08)
  9. 9 Pipeline (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Johnston Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cindy Bullens Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Puckett Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Curt Becher Vocals, Background Vocals
California Boys Choir Vocals, Background Vocals
Ed Carter Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Kathy Dragon Flute
Jim Haas Vocals
John Hobbs Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano
Igor Horoshevsky Cello
Jon Joyce Cello, Vocals, Background Vocals
Diana Lee Vocals, Background Vocals
Brent Nelson Background Vocals
Caleb Quaye Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chad Stuart Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Richie Zito Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gary Mallaber Drums
Mike Anthony Guitar
Michael Anthony Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Alcivar Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Curt Becher Vocal Arrangements
Harry Betts String Arrangements
Bill Fletcher Engineer
John Hobbs Track Arrangement
Jon Joyce Vocal Arrangements, Track Arrangement
Gary Usher Producer
Harriet Johnston Producer, Back Cover
Peter Doggett Liner Notes
Ed Thrasher Cover Photo
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