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Donny Osmond

One Night Only! DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I have to confess to liking The Osmonds when I was a kid. I loved their Crazy Horses album. It was before I had learned what was "cool" music and what wasn't. I just listened to stuff I heard that I liked. In some ways, I think that is really what music should be about. In any event, you could say that I outgrew that kind of music. Perhaps it is truer to say that I moved onto other types of music. It doesn't mean that I can't still appreciate what I originally heard in that. I can. In fact, the title track to Crazy Horses still stands up pretty well today.

So, I came into this double DVD set with mixed feelings. I have to say that cutting right to the music, Donny Osmond really does put it off well. This is a collection of fun songs that are performed quite well. There are stories interspersed throughout. Don't get me wrong, the Vegas type wardrobe is definitely over the top, but you just can't argue with the catchy music.

This is a double DVD set for a total of 24 songs. Osmond's hits like "Puppy Love" are joined by less-expected music from acts ranging from Steely Dan to the Rolling Stones and more. There is a version of "Crazy Horses" here, too. The whole show is top-notch. This might not be the "coolest" thing I've reviewed, but it is entertaining.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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