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Album Review

The Osmonds were the first family of AM pop in the 1970s. This 28-song compilation collects tracks by the Osmond brothers, as well as Donny's solo work, Marie's solo work, and Donny & Marie together. The Osmond brothers had some really big hits, and their ten tracks here are littered with them. Songs like the joyous Jackson 5-inspired "One Bad Apple," the crazed, hard rocking "Crazy Horses," and the infectious "Down by the Lazy River" show a group with an energy and a strong sense of popcraft. Donny tended to go for the soft, teen idol type of sounds. His 12 entries on Osmondmania! feature cuddly tracks like "Puppy Love," "Young Love," and "The Twelfth of Never," and give a good idea why the little girls went wild for Donny. Marie clocks in with three country-influenced songs, including her smash, "Paper Roses." Her popular teaming with Donny found the pair exploring many styles of music, but they were mostly rooted firmly in AM pop. Three songs by the duo are featured, the cover of "Deep Purple" being a highlight. Osmondmania! is a nice summation of the work of the first family of '70s pop. The tracks are well selected and sequenced and Alan Osmond's liner notes are a nice touch. One has to wonder why Little Jimmy Osmond's ridiculous hit single, "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool," was omitted — but only a little, since mostly one is too busy grooving along with the light and poppy sounds of the Osmonds.

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Excellent Remastering

What sound! Excellent remastering! As for the entire Osmond song listing - well, you'd have to be an Osmond fan to get it in which the song selection is perfect as it mixes Osmond Family with Donny and then as a great added bonus, Donny & Marie material. For the Osmond fan, this is the perfect CD to purchase. For the casual music fan, you'd like the fact that nothing has been left out. And if you're a Slipknot fan, then you've got no real business being here. Oddly enough, there is a world out there beyond today's music.

Great trip down Memory Lane!

Boy, does this bring back memories. The '70s were my formative years, from 7-16, and I loved the Osmonds, especially Donny (of course). No doubt it seems square to today's jaded audience who'd prefer to hear so-called "music" about guns, drugs and sex, but look past the admittedly corny nature of some of the songs, and you'll hear what true musicians sound like. There's a reason why they've been in show business for 50 years: true talent survives!

knot for every1

Something great to take you back for the over 45 crowd! Under 30? u'l hate it.


Formed: 1959 in Ogden, UT

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Following the breakout success of the Jackson 5 in 1970, it was practically inevitable that a pre-existing quintet of brothers, who had already enjoyed almost a decade in the national spotlight, would follow them to teen idol superstardom. With dynamic youngest brother Donny as a focal point (much like Michael was for the Jacksons), the Osmonds did exactly that, enjoying a run of massive popularity during 1971-1972. While their success as a unit began to wane and had flickered out by the end of 1974,...
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