The Plan (The Osmonds album)

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The Plan
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 30, 1973
GenrePop, R&B
LabelMGM Records
ProducerAlan Osmond
The Osmonds chronology
Crazy Horses
(1972)
The Plan
(1973)
Love Me for a Reason
(1974)
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]

Promo video[edit]

To commemorate the album's release, the band produced a 10-minute music video, performing a medley of the selected songs in the following order: "Traffic in My Mind", "Let Me In", "Are You Up There?", "The Last Days", "One Way Ticket to Anywhere", and "Goin' Home". This medley was performed live, and during Wayne's flute solo intro to "Let Me In", Alan announced the recent release of "The Plan".

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.