The Soundtrack of My Life

The Soundtrack of My Life

by Donny Osmond

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Overview

A case where the title says it all: the 12 songs on The Soundtrack of My Life are the songs that Donny Osmond holds dear, the songs that say something to him about his life. Note that this does not mean these are tunes he's sung before (although he did wind up singing Steely Dan's "Peg" at a 1979 Miss Universe pageant). These are songs that meant something to Donny. Often, they are Motown songs -- Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" was the first 45 Osmond ever purchased, but "Ben" and "Baby Love" are here too -- and there are other MOR staples that have been frequently covered since the late '60s/early '70s: "Moon River," "Your Song," "The Long and Winding Road." Osmond delves back into Sinatra via "I've Got You Under My Skin," flirts with contemporary music with Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up" (a song that's nearly 30 years old, but the intention counts), and finds a few songs that aren't as well known ("The Gift of Love," "Could She Be Mine," "Survivor"), but at a certain point the songs don't matter as much as the delivery. Everything here is pitched toward a Vegas revue -- cool, slick, and schmaltzy with just a hint of modern sheen -- most apparent when he gives "Peg" a mild makeover via Robin Thicke. It's this tone, eager to please and happy to be on the stage, that says as much about Osmond as the songs he's chosen to represent his life.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2015
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602547104465
catalogNumber: 002231002
Rank: 11296

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donny Osmond   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Beighton   Saxophone
Eliot Kennedy   Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Pino Palladino   Bass Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Henrick Linnemann   Flute
Lauren Moss   Background Vocals
Marsha Skinns   Viola
Shez Sheridan   Acoustic Guitar
Ronne Christlow   Trombone
Laura Wright   Vocals
Lucie Svehlová   Concert Master
Miriam Nemcova   Conductor
Ed Collins   Trumpet
Marianne Haynes   Violin
Lizzy May   Cello
Leanne Wren   Violin
Johnny Heyes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soprano Saxophone
James Jayawardena   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Doug Harper   Drums
David Nesbitt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Si Beddoe   Trumpet
Roo Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Phillippa Hann   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Donald Fagen   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Donny Osmond   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jerry Williams   Orchestration
Walter Becker   Composer
Don Black   Composer,Lyricist
Henry Cosby   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Teese Gohl   Composer,Orchestration
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Eliot Kennedy   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Paul Begaud   Composer
Vanessa Corish   Composer
Brandon Osmond   Cover Design
Stanja Vomackova   translation
James Jayawardena   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rob Taggart   Orchestration
David Nesbitt   Composer
Scott Anson   Composer
Walter Sharp   Composer

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