The Plan (The Osmonds album)

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The Plan
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Studio album by The Osmonds
Released June 30, 1973
Genre Pop, R&B
Label MGM Records
Producer Alan Osmond
The Osmonds chronology
Crazy Horses
(1972)Crazy Horses1972
The Plan
(1973)
Love Me for a Reason
(1974)Love Me for a Reason1974
Singles from The Plan
  1. "Goin' Home"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Let Me In"
    Released: 1973
  3. "Movie Man"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

The Plan is the eleventh studio album by The Osmonds, released in 1973. The album contains songs that are about the Mormon faith; its name derives from the Plan of Salvation, a key tenet of the Mormon faith.[2] It reached number 58 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.[3] Two of the album's singles, "Goin' Home" and "Let Me In", both peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4][5] The album's third single, "Movie Man", did not chart.

Reception[edit]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Donald A. Guarisco gave the album a mixed 2.5 stars out a possible 5. He wrote, "Anyone who thinks of this family group as a bubblegum soul outfit will be bowled over by this incredibly ambitious outing, which attempts to explain the family's Mormon beliefs through a series of songs that cut across a wide variety of pop genres." The Osmonds proved themselves versatile at tackling a variety of musical styles, according to Guarisco, but the album was ultimately a "misfire" because the creative diversity led to a lack of cohesion for The Plan as a whole.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond, and Wayne Osmond.

No.TitleLength
1."War In Heaven"1:38
2."Traffic In My Mind"3:55
3."Before The Beginning"4:05
4."Movie Man"3:36
5."Let Me In"3:39
6."One Way Ticket To Anywhere"3:05
7."Are You Up There"4:42
8."It's Alright"2:36
9."Mirror, Mirror"2:24
10."Darlin'"3:10
11."The Last Days"3:01
12."Goin' Home"2:28

Credits[edit]

  • Producer: Alan Osmond
  • Engineer: Ed Greene
  • Recorded at Kolob Studios[7]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[8] 58
Canadian Albums (RPM)[9] 20
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 6
US Billboard 200[13] 58

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Goin' Home" Billboard Hot 100 36
Canada 30
Canadian AC 91
United Kingdom 4
Australia 55
"Let Me In" Billboard Hot 100 36
U.S. AC 4
Canada 15
Canadian AC 5
United Kingdom 2
Australia 65

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United Kingdom Gold 100,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Plan at AllMusic
  2. ^ The Osmonds, Crazy Horses Review Retrieved February 25, 2015
  3. ^ The Osmonds, The Plan Chart Position Retrieved February 25, 2015
  4. ^ The Osmonds, "Goin' Home" Chart Position Retrieved February 25, 2015
  5. ^ The Osmonds, "Let Me In" Chart Position Retrieved February 25, 2015
  6. ^ The Plan at AllMusic
  7. ^ The Osmonds, The Plan Credits Retrieved February 25, 2015
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc)|format= requires |url= (help). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "RPM: The Osmonds (albums)". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  11. ^ "Tous les Albums de l'Artiste choisi". InfoDisc. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Osmonds Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Osmonds US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2017.