Posted by homercat at 4:11 PM
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
One Way Ticket to Anywhere
Hey All,I've been a donnaholic for many years and I hope they continue on but fer sure they won't be the same without Torry. I hear rumours of a new album coming in the summer of this year yet I'm not sure who is taking over the drumming duties. I know that long time friend Amy Cesari of the band The Demonics has filled in for Torry on some of their tours, but I've yet to hear any official news. We'll miss you Torry.
This is a very difficult message for me to write. As many of you already know, I've been dealing with a painful shoulder injury for the last 2 years and I have had to take time off from playing the drums. I have tried numerous different therapies, including physical therapy, sometimes up to 3 times a week, trigger point shots, exercises, and rest, but none of them have gotten me to a place where I can play again. Unfortunately, unlike when I had my wrist problems, there is no specific surgery that can help with my shoulder.
As I am still in pain, my doctors have come to the conclusion that I cannot play the drums anymore because if I continue I will be in pain for the rest of my life. After much thought and many conversations with the other girls I have decided I have to retire. My retirement has brought me a lot of sadness because I love playing the drums and being a part of the Donnas' family, which of course includes all of you. I've loved all the experiences that we've had together and I really want to thank all of you for your support and the fun times. Even though I can't play anymore, I would never want the other girls to have to give up something that they love and I know that they will continue to make and play great rock 'n roll.
I've had to think about what I'm going to do now. While I have been resting my shoulder, I've been taking some classes and doing this has really helped me to have something to put my energies into. I've decided to continue with this, and I will be starting Stanford University in the fall. I know that I'll miss living near the other girls, but I'll be seeing them and the rest of you at their future Bay Area shows.
No matter what, I will always be a Donna and be a part of the Donnas' family. I know you guys will continue to support the band and I'll be there too, as the #1 Donnaholic.