maart 07, 2015

The Osmonds - Steppin´ Out (1979)

The Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied career a career that took them from singing barbershop music as children to achieving success as teen-music idols, from producing a hit television show to continued success as solo and group performers. The Osmonds are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their religious values have influenced their careers.

The Osmonds began as a barbershop quartet consisting of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merril, and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny and Jimmy. Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful solo career in 1973. Older brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. (Virl) and Tom Osmond were born deaf and did not originally perform.

The British label Cherry Red published in 1979 the album “Steppin´ Out”, produced by Maurice Gibb. It contains the Gibb song "Rest Your Love on me".
The album never made any way in the charts, but is still worth to listen, especially the track “Rainin´”.
"Steppin' out" was the last album of the Osmonds as a pop band and a turning point in the history of the Osmond of family, that it understood like no other, to exploit their children until far beyond the borders of acceptable and to peddle on the music industry.
The group didn't officially disband until 1980, but as a unit they had long since ceased to be a commercial force in pop music.

Side A
A1. Steppin' Out  (3:34) 
A2. Emily  (3:18) 
A3. You're Mine  (5:02) 
A4. Baby's Back  (3:32) 
A5. Love On The Line  (3:32) 

Side B
B1. Rainin'  (4:33) 
B2. I,I,I  (4:18) 
B3. Love Ain't An Easy Thing  (3:38) 
B4. Hold On  (3:20) 
B5. Rest Your Love  (4:15) 

The Osmonds
Donny Osmond
Alan Osmond
Wayne Osmond
Merrill Osmond

Keyboards and Synthesizers - Denny Crockett, Blue Weaver, George Bitzer, Bruce Nazarian
Bass - Ike Egan, Bruce Nazarian, George "Chocolate" Perry
Guitars - George Terry, Bruce Nazarian, Rich Dixon, Joey Murcia
Drums - Sam Foster
Percussion - Joe Lala, Fred Wickstrom, Richie Puente, Ken Hodges
Horns - Boneroo Horns
Sax - White Sidener, Chris Golclesser
Trombones - Peter Graves, Russ Freeland
Trumpets - Ken Faulk, Vinnie Tanno
French Horns - Jerry Peel
Strings - Miami String Section
Sax Solo on "Steppin´ Out" Mike Lewis
Female Vocal on "Love On The Line" Kitty Woodson
Strings and Horns arranged by - Mike Lewis
Art Direction, Photography By, Design – Ed Caraeff Studio
Assistent Engineer Miami - Mike Guerre
Mastering - Mike Fuller
Producer, Engineer – Steve Klein
Producer – Maurice Gibb

All rhythm tracks and vocals recorded at Kolob Recording Studios, Osmond Entertainment Center, Provo, Utah
Strings, horns and additional recording Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida
Remixed at: Criteria Studio "D"
Genre:  Pop
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  6338 877
© 1979

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