Good--as far as it goes, that is (three and one-half stars)
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 12/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Donny & Marie Osmond - Greatest Hits goes only part of the way when it aims to be a "greatest hits" album. Yes, what we do get here is choice material; but oh, wow, did they ever leave out so much on this CD! On the other hand, the sound quality is great and the artwork is nicely done. This works best as a basic, introductory CD to what Donny and Marie Osmond could do when they worked together at their very best.
"I'm Leaving It All Up To You" is a great tune and the melody is both pretty and catchy. The lyrics are that of a true blue love song and Donny with Marie make this song so very special with their harmonizing and their singing is great! They never hit a superfluous note and the musical arrangement is very well done. In addition, "Morning Side Of The Mountain" is a tune I really like and I think you'll like it, too.
"Deep Purple" is probably my very favorite song on this album; Donny and Marie Osmond do this great justice as they sing this better than anyone else ever could! The musical arrangement works to bolster the number and the overall effect is beautiful, to say the least. "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" is another song that Donny and Marie ace seemingly effortlessly. Their unique talents make it look so easy even when we know this quality performance is actually very challenging and professional.
"Take Me Back Again" charms me with its natural beauty; Donny and Marie sing this to perfection and beyond! "Take Me Back Again" is easily a major highlight of this CD and I don't know that it is remembered as well as some of the other songs on this CD--and that's a shame.
"Everything Good Reminds Me Of You" stands out as a fine example of what Donny and Marie could do when they teamed up to make one of the best love songs I've heard in a while; Donny and Marie are brilliant on this tune and they make this twinkle and shine. In addition, the album ends with Donny and Marie Osmond singing "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll." "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll" is a cute, peppy little number that ends the CD on a good note (no pun intended).
Overall, Donny & Marie Osmond - Greatest Hits is very good--but only as far as it goes. This really should have been a much longer album or even a two CD release; I can't understand what possessed the record label to put out such a truncated CD. This is best only as a brief introduction to the artistry of Donny and Marie Osmond when they perform together; and more serious fans should also consider other CDs by Donny and Marie Osmond that are available for sale on this website.