Love Songs of the '70s

Love Songs of the '70s

by Donny Osmond
     
 
In between stints as a TV host and Broadway performer in the early 2000s, the always game, irresistibly charming and charismatic musical icon resurrected his scattered recording career and found new life as an interpreter of Broadway hits and pop standards -- with some original material at last on 2005's What I Meant to Say.

Overview

In between stints as a TV host and Broadway performer in the early 2000s, the always game, irresistibly charming and charismatic musical icon resurrected his scattered recording career and found new life as an interpreter of Broadway hits and pop standards -- with some original material at last on 2005's What I Meant to Say. While 2002's Somewhere in Time drew from pop classics from across the decades -- including a new cover of "Paul Anka"'s mush-pop classic "Puppy Love," which Osmond recorded first at age 14 -- Love Songs of the 70s is focused on those shimmering dig 'em or scorn 'em, lovelorn pop hits from the decade we first met Donny. Songs like "Let's Stay Together" and "I Can See Clearly Now" endure as soul classics, while others -- "Laughter in the Rain," "Mandy" -- seem relegated to pop nostalgia status. The good news is that all of the arrangements are fresh and exciting, ranging from the buoyant reggae pop of "I Can See Clearly Now" and the brass-fired "Let's Stay Together" and "Laughter in the Rain" to the more subtle charms of "You Are So Beautiful" and "How Deep Is Your Love." A big surprise (because it's not a love song!) is a brilliantly funky version of Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles," which Osmond tackles in fine, soulful voice (as he does nearly every song here). For an interpreter, Osmond's vocals may lack the cool, jazzy flair of a Michael Bublé, but it's strong and convincing enough to convey real emotion (which helps this transcend the idea of a simply nostalgic novelty disc) and his colorful phrasing proves inventive and surprising. It bears as much repeated listening (and for some, this will be a guilty pleasure) as Barry Manilow's excellent Summer of '78, and then some. To remind us that there's really no artist more qualified to take us back to the Me Decade, Decca includes in the packaging a year by year time line of the '70s, complete with classic Osmond pics and every one of his album covers from then to the present day.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0602517190627
catalogNumber:
000829102

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donny Osmond   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Neil Jason   Bass
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
John McCurry   Guitar,Accordion
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Laura Seaton   Violin
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone,Soloist
Tom Timko   Baritone Saxophone
Don Harris   Trumpet
Ken Gioffre   Alto Saxophone
Dave Mann   Alto Saxophone
Peter Winograd   Violin
Rob Shaw   Violin
Anne Lehmann   Violin
John R. Angier   Keyboards
Eileen Moon   Cello
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Raymond Angry   Organ,Piano
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
John Scarpulla   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Cords   Viola
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Liza Lim   Violin
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
Katherine Fong   Violin
Duoming Ba   Violin
Shmuel Katz   Viola
Sein Ryu   Violin
Mateusz Wolski   Violin
Caesar Griffin   Drums
Tomas K. Carney   Violin
Eva Burmeister   Violin
Honey Larochelle   Background Vocals
Kuan Cheng Lu   Violin
Becky Young   Viola
Alan Stepansky   Cello
Tom Carney   Violin
Jason Peterson-Delaire   Saxello

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Paul Carrack   Composer
Donny Osmond   Liner Notes,Vocal Producer
Billy Preston   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Richard Kerr   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Mike Mangini   Arranger,Producer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan   Composer
Philippe Saisse   Arranger
Howie Beno   Arranger,Engineer
John R. Angier   Arranger
Michael Mangini   Audio Production

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