D-Sides, Orphans, and Oddities

The Osmonds “The Plan” is a concept album about Mormonism.

August 15, 2021

The Osmonds “The Plan" (1973)

The platitudes are vague enough, the admonishments placid enough, the complaints about society inoffensive enough. Kolob was/is a Mormon magical land with...never mind. Look it up. Kolob Records was the exclusive domain of the Osmond family (Jimmy, too--in fact he was making records in Japan as early as 1969 and his hit in the US, "Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool" featured The Mike Curb Congregation, which we have played on this show many times) and in 1973 Kolob released this. It's very professionally done. There's instrumental virtuosity in many styles. Makes for a pretty good listen once or twice, but I think it ruined their credibility in the younger market. Both "Goin' Home" and "Let Me In" reached #36 on the Billboard chart. This album didn't reach #50. 

POACA might recall that at one time The Osmonds roamed the teeny-bopper landscape free of predators, and actually charted 4 Top 10 hits. I thought it was more. And my sister bought every Tiger Beat and Teen Beat magazine she could find. Always Donny's toothy grin. And she also bought a few Osmond albums, including this one. I want the one they released ONLY in Japan, The Wonderful World Of The Osmonds. Because I love that shit. My birthday is coming up in 10 months. Might as well?

Both Donny and Marie would try to change their images down the road, but when this came out, it was really the beginning of the end for any question of artistic integrity. 

War In Heaven

Traffic In My Mind

Before The Beginning

Movie Man

Let Me In

One Way Ticket To Anywhere

Are You Up There

It's Alright

Mirror, Mirror


The Last Days

Goin' Home

Lou Christie

Selections from "Paint America Love" (1971)

I came across this album when I was heavy into Q Magazine out of England. They did an article about it and I tried to find my own copy. And I like it. I find that Lou Christie is just a little different, a little more daring than his contemporaries. He tried and failed at much, but what hit, I really love. I will never not be fascinated by Paint America Love

Look Out The Window

Wood Child

Paint America Love

Buddy and Cathy Rich - The Beat Goes On (1967)

Dyke and the Blazers - Let a Woman Be a Woman, Let A Man Be A Man (1969) 

Funk band formed in 1965 in Phoenix, Arizona. Best known for their 1966 hit single Funky Broadway, later even more successfully covered by Wilson Pickett.

The band was disbanded when bandleader "Dyke" Arlester Christian was shot to death in 1971.

Eddie and Dutch - My Wife The Dancer (1970)

G. C. Cameron - If You Don’t Love Me (1974) Written by Stevie Wonder. G. C. sang both lead parts on The Spinners' big hit, 1970's "It's a Shame", co-written and produced by Stevie, and remained with Motown as a solo artist when The Spinners left Motown in 1971. Although Cameron was not a major-seller for the label, he did have a hit with "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday", the theme song of the 1975 film Cooley High, which was later covered to great success by Boyz II Men.

Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula ’69 (1969) Produced by our friend Kim Fowley

Lou Christie - Genesis and the Third Verse (1968) I love Lou's collabs with his Gypsy pal, Twyla Herbert. Herbert was born in Riverside, California. Christie was 15 years old when he met Herbert, a "bohemian gypsy, psychic, and former concert pianist," at an audition in a church basement in his hometown, Glenwillard, Pennsylvania. She was over 20 years older than him, with flaming red hair, a self-described clairvoyant and mystic who allegedly predicted which of their songs would become hits. They co-wrote "Lightning Strikes". 

The Jackson Five - Doctor My Eyes (1973) Yes, The Jackson Five covered Jackson Browne

John Travolta - Razzamatazz (1976)

Julie London - Louie Louie (1969)

King Crimson - Cirkus (1971)

Renaissance - Can You Understand (1973) 

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