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The Very Best of the Osmonds

The Osmonds Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0000072Q3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Or... seven siblings who shook the world! The original Utah saints are back on the shelves in their umpteenth hits collection to support renewed interest and a tour. So let's take time to re-assess what makes the toothiest family in Christendom such a fondly remembered act. Originally a four-piece consisting of Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay, making regular cheesy appearances on the Andy Williams Show as well as being moderately successful in Sweden (fact!); it was the addition of teen brother and heartthrob Donny that saw the combo hit worldwide fame.

Their first hit, One Bad Apple, shamelessly saw the boys ripping off rivals the Jackson 5 (but without an ounce of funk) but one year later they came into their own with Down By The Lazy River. This Memphis horn-injected piece of arm waving was followed by the insanely rocking Crazy Horses. If you remember that the boys prided themselves on playing everything themselves, you begin to wonder why, after this, they didn't go on to conquer the known world of AOR. Unfortunately it was Elvis rhinestoned jumpsuits and a predominance of schmaltz and morality that stymied them. From this point the family gave us classics of the proto-boyband type like Love Me For A Reason and Let Me Go. What's more, parallel to the group's hits, various other combinations started making their own moves on the charts. Donny's Puppy Love is a reasonably moving attempt at 50s balladry, but the novelty of 'little' Jimmy Osmond's Long Haired Lover From Liverpool still grates like fingernails on a blackboard.

And then there was Marie. The prettiest (except maybe Donny) member of the family not only found solo happiness with the countrypolitan sheen of Paper Roses but also chalked up a number of quite punchy retro duets with brother Donny (Leaving It All Up To You, Deep Purple) and the nursery rhyme awfulness of Morning Side Of The Mountain. It wasn't helped by the strangely disturbing sight of the pair gazing into each others' eyes as they sang this stuff.

So it's cheese, Jim, but not as we know it. Anyone who was there at the time will find themselves oddly warmed by much of this bubblegum, and anyone who resists Crazy Horses must be six-feet under. But to younger listeners this will be irredeemably hokey. Overall the band never really exceeded or even equalled their potential. One for the Christmas knees-up only. --Chris Jones

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Nowadays, Donny and Marie are the two Osmonds that most folks remember, but during the Osmonds heyday in the 70s, Jay, Wayne, Jimmy, Merrill and Alan were just as well known to most teenage girls, TV viewers and radio listeners. This collection features hits from all of the different Osmond combos including Donny & Marie, Little Jimmy, solo Donny, solo Marie and, of course, The Osmonds themselves. Features hits like Crazy Horses, Love Me For A Reason, Down By The Lazy River, Deep Purple and many other great Osmond-related hits. Universal.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must-have" for any Osmonds fan 21 Nov 2001
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Absolutely brilliant collection of all the Osmonds classics. It was good to hear the boys again and be reminded of the talent and success that they were - not just another "boy band", they have tons of musical talent also. Brought back the "heady days" of the 70's. Will they ever tour the UK again?
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This album is a must for those of us who remember the Osmonds in their heyday. From Donny's solo hits (Twelfth of Never, Puppy Love and more) to Love Me For A Reason to Morning Side of the Mountain to Paper Roses to Long Haired Lover From Liverpool... They are all there taking you back more than 25 years. Is it really that long ago? If you were there to scream at Donny and sing along every time they were on the radio this album is a must for you.
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This album takes you right back to those heady days when Donny and co ruled the world, to the mid 70's when men wore flares and big lapels and and thousands of screaming teenyboppers invaded London whenever they appeared. It's got the best of all the Osmond's hits plus those of Donny , Jimmy, Marie and Donny and Marie. It's also got a rather groovy remix of Crazy horses which I think still stands up today. It's really tho' an album for nostalgia, for all us 40 somethings who were there. It does show up the sameness of Donny and Marie's duets, and to be honest they are the tracks to skip. The Osmond hit's take us from One bad apple, which is very teenybop and never a big hit with the fans, to their last releases I'm still gonna need you and I can't live a dream. The last one I never understood why it didn't chart higher - it was so in tune for the time. If you were a fan, all the words come flooding back. It's a fabulous album for playing in the car - with your windows up!! It's singa long , it's 70's it's teenage, it's fab. "We want the Osmonds" we chanted at Earls Court in 1975. I still do, but without the flares and big lapels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic collection 27 April 2014
By catlady
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Excellent cd with all the hits. Love the big ballads best and prefer these versions to later cover versions. Beautiful harmonies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Osmonds CD 30 Jan 2014
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Excellent value for money, I love the Osmonds and find it very difficult to find any of their music to buy! Glad to find a website who sells their tunes! I'm a sad person to like the Osmonds in the 1st place!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Osmonds 4 Oct 2013
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Excellent condition. Unfortunately, some of their later stuff (like their early ninetie single "Show You The Way")is not included on this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 12 Sep 2013
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Well worth the money, brings back memories of time gone by, play it in my car even the kids sing along
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Of the Osmonds. 2 May 2013
By David
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Covering their big hits : Crazy Horses, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, Love Me For A reason, Young Love plus many more I lie the album. That's all I can say.
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