Friday, March 11, 2011

The Osmonds As Prog Rockers?

In 1973 The Osmonds released The Plan, their most ambitious project thus far in their careers. I talked a little about this album about three years ago and having just listened to it front to back again, thought I would revisit this gem.  Coming hot off the heels of their Crazy Horses album the brothers were proving that they were not a bubblegum band.  Writing and performing their own material,  something that they had wanted to do for a long time but had been held back by their handlers at the time.  Perhaps best described as a Mormon concept album with prog rock aspirations. The album relates messages pertaining to the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But don't let that scare you away from this out of print gem. My good friend in college would never stop raving about this album. Everytime we would get together for some brews and rock n roll, at some point in the evenings festivities he would insist that The Plan be rolled out, proclaiming it to be one of the best albums of all time. Usually this disc would hit the turntable right after listening to The Wall or AC/DC. When the album started the discussions would start and Bob would start raving about how heavy this album was and how it made you think.  Good Times.

If you listen to the album and forget about the Mormon aspects, one would never make the connection. Let Me In and Are You up There are just a couple highlights of this underrated album. A bit discombobulated at times, yet coherent, my college buddy had nailed it, the tunes on this album are gems. Let Me In may be one of their best songs. A Prog rock album ahead of it's time with sophisticated themes and lyrics. Goin Home is another great little number that ends the album in fine fashion.

Out of print for over thirty years, Crazy Horses and The Plan finally made the transition to CD for the first time in 2008 as two albums on one disc which just tickled me pink.  Perusing the Amazon site I see that it is still available and hasn't gone out of print.  I ordered these and the other Osmond albums the second they became available back in 2008 and am sure glad I did.  A gander at these tracks might surprise a few people.

Traffic in My Mind
Movie Man
One Way Ticket to Anywhere
Buy It

Funny Toon