Crazy Horses/The Plan
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This 2008 digitally remastered coupling of the fraternal groups third and sixth albums on a single CD includes the hit "Crazy Horses," which peaked at No. 14 in America in 1972, as well as "Hold Her Tight." THE PLAN reached No. 6 in the U.K. and includes the European hit single "Goin' Home," as well as "Let Me In." This release also includes in-depth liner notes and pictures of many European single sleeves.
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The Plan was reissued a few years back, but its inclusion with Crazy Horses on this cd makes sense, for it helps show this inexplicably underrated band at its creative zenith. A concept album, The Plan reflects the band's spiritual journey, although the lyrics on most of the songs are ambiguous enough to be interpreted in a secular way. "Let Me In" showcases Merrill's soaring lead tenor over a lush arrangement of background harmony, while "One Way Ticket to Anywhere" is driven forward by Jay's insistent drumming and gruff (and underused) lead vocal. "Darlin'" is arguably one of the greatest pop love songs ever recorded. Wayne's baritone lead and foreboding guitar perfectly suit the dark, apocolyptic "Last Days", which is immediately followed by the hopeful, breezy "Goin' Home".
The packaging and notes are a notch above previous Osmond reissues, which is appropriate considering this is a milestone year for the Osmonds as an entertainment icon. The sound quality is excellent (I believe these tracks were taken from the original masters, although that's not obvious from the notes).
For all those not familiar with these two awesome albums, take everything you know (or think you know) about the Osmonds - the white teeth, the big smiles, the perfect hair, the squeaky-clean image - and throw it out the window, because these two albums ROCK. My favorite thing - as a professional musician, playing in rock bands for over twenty years - was to play these albums for my fellow musician friends, not tell them who it was, and when they were completely blown away at how much they rocked, divulge the surprise answer, only to have them blown away even more.
These albums mark the Osmonds desire (Much like the Beach Boys and The Sweet before them)to show the world that they were not mere Top-40, Pop/bubblegum puppets, propped up by some Svengali to dance like little monkeys for the masses. These albums were written and performed by all of the brothers (save Jimmy) and the level of musical aptitude displayed here is pretty impressive. Jay's inspired drumming, Donny's Synthesizer and keyboard wizardry, Merril's blood-curdling vocal wails, Alan's creaky, basso-vocal moans - all punctuating the brother's proof that they can rock as tight and as hard as any contemporary band of the time - as well as write and perform expertly-written Pop-Rock songs - all come together to form these two unexpected bookends of rock by a band that started out as toddlers, singing 5-part, Barbershop harmonies at Disneyland with Andy Williams back in the 60's.
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