Contrary to popular belief, the Osmonds were actually a darn good band, able to tackle bubblegum, pop-soul, hard rock, and pop with equal aplomb. At their best in the late '60s and early '70s, the brothers made some amazingly good records, like "One Bad Apple (Don't Spoil the Whole Bunch)", "Crazy Horses", and "Down by the Lazy River". A budget-priced best-of that includes these three songs, plus some of their other classics, like "Yo-Yo" and "Hold Her Tight" would seem to be a decent purchase as a starting point to the band's music. By all means, however, you must not buy Curb's 2003 release, Best of the Osmonds. The songs have all been re-recorded in a very cheesy contemporary style, and lack any of the excitement and fun of the originals. "One Bad Apple" is a complete disaster, and "Crazy Horses" is embarrassing. Why they decided to redo their old hits (with basically the same arrangements) is a mystery. They couldn't possibly think their fans would be anything less than appalled. On top of that, how can Curb call this the Best of the Osmonds when it is actually the worst of the Osmonds? Do not buy this disc. If you want a low-prices starter disc, pick up the 20th Century Masters disc, or spend a couple extra bucks and pick up the 21 Hits Special Collection, which has pretty much all the Osmonds you will need.
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra