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Certified Honey: Donny and Marie, Mungo Jerry Get “Singles Collection” Treatment from 7Ts, Osmonds Go “Around the World”

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If you’re looking for a little bit country, a little bit rock-and-roll, Cherry Red’s 7Ts Records has got three new releases just for you!  The seventies preservationists have unleashed two complete singles anthologies: Donny and Marie Osmond’s The Singles Collection, spanning the period 1974-1978, and Mungo Jerry’s The Dawn Singles Collection, drawing on the period spent at Pye Records subsidiary Dawn between 1970 and 1974.  In addition, the Osmonds’ Around the World: Live in Concert (1975) gets a long-awaited reissue!

Born into a showbiz family, Donny and Marie Osmond have made their mark on virtually every area of entertainment.  By the time the siblings were paired together as a headlining duet act on MGM and Polydor Records in 1974, they had already reached peak solo popularity.  Donny rode the crest of fame in 1972 and 1973 with hits like “Puppy Love,” “Too Young” and “Young Love” (notice the theme?) while also fronting such Osmonds records as the Jackson 5-esque “One Bad Apple” (1971) and “Crazy Horses” (1972).  Marie started her own solo career with 1973’s “Paper Roses,” carving out a pop-country niche for herself.  Donny and Marie had already performed together on record as early as 1970, as well as in live performances, so it was perhaps inevitable that they would be teamed as a brother-sister act when their solo careers appeared to be on the wane, chart-wise.  And so, between 1974 and 1978, Donny and Marie released six albums and eighteen single sides on nine 45 RPM records.  All of those 45s have now been collected on one disc by 7Ts.

Most of these tracks were extracted from Donny and Marie’s albums, but a couple tracks were exclusive to the single format.  1978’s “Baby I’m Sold on You” was produced by Brian Holland for Holland-Dozier-Holland Productions on the album Winning Combination, but the single version was an alternate mix/edit.  “Certified Honey” was the single-only B-side of Donny and Marie’s final 45 (the A-side: “On the Shelf”) and makes its first appearance on CD here.  (“On the Shelf” was also released in an extended 12-inch format, but only the original, shorter mix appears on the new compilation.)

The eighteen selections are a blend of originals and familiar “cover” versions.  The very first single release by Donny, 16, and Marie, 14, together was “I’m Leaving It (All) Up to You,” a 1963 hit for Dale and Grace.  The duo remained in a country vein with Hank Cochran’s “Make the World Go Away,” tackled traditional pop with “Morning Side of the Mountain” (a 1959 hit for Tommy “It’s All in the Game” Edwards) and “Deep Purple,” and ventured into sixties pop and soul with “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and The Righteous Brothers, respectively.

Though the 1980s saw Donny and Marie pursue different career paths, they never really split, hosting a talk show, performing live in Las Vegas and even headlining a show on Broadway.  Phil Hendriks supplies new liner notes for this retrospective, and Tim Turan has remastered the audio.  A complete singles discography is also included.  But that’s not all from the talented musical family.

The Osmonds’ Around the World: Live in Concert arrived in December 1975 on MGM, recorded in May of that year in London, and featuring Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Jimmy, Donny and Marie.  Whew!  The Earl’s Court shows were preserved on a 2-LP set, which 7Ts has transferred en toto to two CDs.  The family was supported by its usual band The American Underground, and each member got a turn in the spotlight, even if 18-year old Donny was still riding the crest of the wave of his teen idol days.  He and Marie teamed up for a mega-medley of their hits including “Go Away Little Girl,” “Puppy Love” and “Paper Roses,” while other lengthy medleys included one from Jimmy and one from Merrill.  The Osmonds tackled a diverse repertoire, including 50s hits like “At the Hop” and “Rock Around the Clock,” Stevie Wonder songs such as “Higher Ground” and “Superstition,” the Broadway showtune “Hey, Look Me Over!” from Wildcat, and Elvis favorites “Jailhouse Rock” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight.”  Bill Belew, who had supplied flamboyant costumes for Presley, did the same for the Osmonds.

In 2012, the wholesome entertainment of The Osmonds might seem like the relic of another age, but Live in Concert proves what a heck of a show the family put on!  While Donny and Marie pursue their own ventures today, the brothers (Jay, Merrill, Jimmy and sometimes Wayne) still tour and make sweet, sweet music.

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Written by Joe Marchese

October 3, 2012 at 09:22