Title - 'Around The World - Live In Concert'
Artist - The Osmonds
The Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied career. A career that took them from singing barbershop music as children, to achieving success as teen-music idols, to producing a hit television show, and to continued success as solo and group performers.
Having toured the world, and yet seemingly never had much in the way of live material ever released from them, for the first time on CD is this "In Concert” double CD. Originally released in 1975 when "Osmond-Mania” was at its commercial peak, it shows the multi-million selling Osmonds at their musical best.
Now digitally remastered and lovingly put out by Cherry Red Records (under 7T's) for all their fans to enjoy, the first disc kicks off with the 'Feelin' All Right,' before heading into 'Crazy Horses,' 'Your Mama Don't Dance,' and 'Hold Her Tight.' After some dialogue, we then get 'Hey Look Me Over,' which is backed by the always beautiful to hear 'Love Me For A Reason.'
Then the group head into 'Music Makin',' which in itself turns into a medley that also features clips from both 'The Girl I Love' and the every-powerful funk of 'I Can't Get Next To You.' After 'Mona Lisa,' Donny and Marie give us their own duet medley that consists of 'Go Away Little Girl,' 'Puppy Love,' 'It Takes Two,' 'Morning Side Of The Mountain,' 'I'm Leaving It All Up To You,' 'Paper Roses,' 'Who's Sorry Now,' and a 'It Takes Two' reprise. Side A, as it once was, then comes to a close with 'Make The World Go Away' and the rousing 'Some Kind Of Wonderful.'
The set list, here from Earl's Court in London, hosts a whole range of songs and goes a long way to prove that they always had something musically on tap for everyone. Indeed, and as if to prove that theory, the second disc kicks off with 'The Proud One,' before Little Jimmy grabs his own medley spotlight with 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool,' 'You Are So Beautiful,' and 'Never Can Say Goodbye.' Then it's a group medley with a bunch of Stevie Wonder tracks in the form of 'Uptight (Everything's Alright),' 'Higher Ground,' 'Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours,' 'Superstition,' 'For Once In My Life' - and after a quick musician intro, they head back into a reprise of 'For Once In My Life.'
After an Elvis moment in 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' Merrill's Banjo Medley brings us 'If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie),' 'One Of Those Songs' and 'The World Is Waiting For Sunrise,' before another medley comes to light. This time a '50s medley, it includes such greats as 'Get A Job,' 'Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'At The Hop,' 'Rock Around The Clock,' 'Blueberry Hill,' 'Blue Moon,' 'Lucille,' 'Blue Suede Shoes,' 'Hound Dog' and then a reprise of 'Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay.' The Side B, as it were, the culminates in 'Down By The Lazy River,' to which the band vocally give their appreciation for a great audience, and one by one say thanx before leaving the stage.
In the beautifully-crafted booklet, Phil Hendriks (who I last saw did the linner notes for the just-released Glitter Band CD release) has once again provided another in-depth set of writing. And Tim Turan has totally remastered all the songs to give yet another quality 7T’s release.
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