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“Sure, everybody knows about Crazy Horses, an awesome record from the early ‘70s when boy bands played heavy metal on real instruments. I wore that record out when I was five, but I needed more Osmond Brother rock, so I headed to the dime store (which also sold electric guitars for $35 – too expensive for me at the time) and bought a copy of Phase III.
“There was instant gratification in opening track, Down By The Lazy River, because it was the theme song to the Saturday morning Osmonds cartoon. But there were other rockers like My Drum (which I covered on my Burning Organ album) and greasy funk like Business.
“This was before Donny overshadowed the brothers and when Merrill was still doing most of the lead singing. Do not underestimate Merrill Osmond in 1971.”