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Return of Bruno


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Audio CD, March 18, 1997
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1. Comin' Right Up
2. Respect Yourself
3. Down In Hollywood
4. Youngblood
5. Under The Boardwalk
6. Secret Agent Man/James Bond Is Back
7. Jackpot (Bruno's Bop)
8. Funtime
9. Lose Myself
10. Flirting With Disaster

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B000002ZB0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

Bruce does not have the talent of presence to handle these songs.
george murphy
I would have expected better from Bruce, but I guess he is just not up to the task of getting it right.
Dennis Rains
His songs are fun to sing, dance and enjoy with your friends in a good clean day.
GLC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums television stars get to make when they have a hit television series, and in that respect Bruce Willis comes out of "The Return of Bruno" looking a lot better than William Shatner, Eddie Murphy or [Fill in Your Choice Here]. This album was put out by Motown, which probably explains the quality of the production values by Robert Kraft. The best track is "Respect Yourself," where Willis is more than ably supported by the Pointer Sisters. Most of the album is devoted to covers, such as "Under the Boardwalk," "Youngblood," and "Secret Agent Man/James Bond Is Back." However, I would say that "Jackpot (Bruno's Bop)" and "Fun Time" are the other high-energy tracks on the album. I can appreciate that there are those who will find this album lame, and certainly the soundtrack for "The Commitments" is much better attempt at the same sort of thing. But there are those of us who can identify with a guy with only a halfway decent voice trying to sing songs he really likes. Fair warning: if you own only one Bruce Willis album, believe me, this is the one to have.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter on January 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Come on, all you guys giving this cd zero stars and trashing it. Lighten up, would you? Bruce Willis is THE ONLY televison or movie star from the 80s who successfully managed to put out a good cd. I'm sure those of us old enough to remember the disasterous recording "careers" of Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas or Eddie Murphy will agree with me totally. Bruce Willis' cd is pure lighthearted fun, and it's easy to tell that ol' Bruce is having a blast doing this cd. I'm sure he didn't take it as seriously as all the people here trashing it are. I wore out my cassette version and i'm proud to have it on cd finally. I like his vocal style and he's just a good-time natural guy who is the life of the party. Even better than this cd is his follow-up called If It Don't Kill You It Just Makes You Stronger, which i think has sadly been deleted. Thankfully, i bought the cd way back when it was first released in the stores. His second cd has a more jazzy/swing feel to it and it's just incredible! His vocals are also better too on the second cd, and the production is better too. If you can find a copy of it, snap it up and enjoy. In any case, if you're a fan of Bruce Willis at all, then you should pick up The Return Of Bruno.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bruce Willis may not win any Grammys, but this CD is pure fun. It's a great party CD and believe me, Bruce doesn't take himself seriously. That's what makes the CD so good. To all the critics who didn't like the CD, lighten up and grab a beer. Grab a girl while you're at it and and dance a little. Keep the faith Bruno!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on January 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I respect the other reviewers who have held this Willis disc over the fire and coals. However, here's a guy who has made an album that is actually FUN to listen to. At least he does not assume a false and pretentious "soulful" over-the-top vocal style.The guy actually sings in his own natural voice. It's an album meant to be taken strictly for entertainment (nostalgic or otherwise)purposes.Willis in no way makes it a melo-dramatic serious actor effort like Johnson or Thomas (the Vice Guys).He also does not sink to the level of William Shatner. Yes, the Motown backing is very slick but also suits Willis' needs without masking his voice to cover up any "real" or untrained vocal flaws he may have.At best he can be compared to the guy on Karaoke Night at your local bar or dive that,while he doesn't have record executives handing him their business cards, he wows the crowd without getting any drinks or food thrown at him ! He exhudes nothing but a party attitude for a small venue or private club atmosphere for friends (almost like an opening for a Planet Hollywood restaurant;another story in itself)...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Wright on October 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album shortly after it was released. I even bought Willis' follow up album. I came to it as a Moonlighting fan who enjoyed the cheerful approach Bruce seemed to bring to the songs. He's hardly a master of the vocals, but he's on par with any number of party bands I've heard over the years. His bluesier, growlier numbers ("Young Blood") surpass his pure-vocal attempts like "Under the Boardwalk". I stayed awake on many a road trip bellowing along with Bruce - it's a full-throated guilty pleasure.

I've bought it before, and I'll buy it again (I wore out my cassette version). If the more accomplished vocalists in my collection take offense, well, tough. There's always room for Bruno.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
ok, my room mate turned me onto this guy, or at least tried to. I gave it a fair chance, even listened to it more than once, but I seriously fail to see why anyone would think this guy deserved a recording contract. Agents do wonders these days, but real talent was perhaps passed over to let Bruce put forth his attempt at singing the blues and R&B. Sadly, he is not up for the task. His voice lacks the intensity and range to fully nail these songs, and even though the band is good, they are without a strong leader. At times, it seems like Willis doesn't even care they are there and goes off in a different direction. The music should lead, especially with this kind of music. Why couldn't this have been a new Temtations CD instead? The sad fact, after all is said and done is Bruce can't sing. No band can play loud enough to cover up that fact in any singer. But then again, one doesn't really sing the blues, as much as feel it, and Bruce seems incapable of making me feel anything. You can't make anyone feel anything when you are stroking your own ego. Bruce tries to deliver, but can't seem to get the job done.
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