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Olivia Newton-John
"Back To Basics: The Essential Collection 1971-1992"

© Geffen Records

Year of Release: 1992

track listing
  • Deeper Than A River
  • Not Gonna Be The One
  • I Want To Be Wanted
  • I Need Love
  • Twist Of Fate
  • Physical
  • Magic
  • Deeper Than The Night
  • A Little More Love
  • You're The One
    That I Want
  • Summer Nights
  • Hopelessly Devoted
    To You
  • Please Mr. Please
  • Sam
  • Have You Never
    Been Mellow
  • If You Love Me
    (Let Me Know)
  • I Honestly Love You

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    Ahh... Another 1970s staple... Olivia Newton-John... Whether you liked her or not, her popularity in the 1970s was categorized as what many critics felt of the decade that was the worst in music. Well, comparing the 1970s decade to the 1990s and even today, I can easily go back to the 1970s and appreciate the music that came out from there. Where those critics said alot of the songs from the '70s was just plain out boring, I totally disagree. Some songs did have the mellow, laid back style, yet they became hits in their own rights, for those who enjoyed this kind of music, and to those who just didn't.

    Olivia Newton-John definitely fitted in this part of the 1970s decade, with her mellow hits, such as "Please Mr. Please," her #1 "Have You Never Been Mellow," and of course, she started out the 1980s with her song that made people more aware of their healths, and a fitness craze, "Physical." She began her career recording for UNI/MCA Records, and later signed with Geffen Records, where her compilation, Back To Basics-The Essential Collection 1971-1992 captures her best hits from the two decades. Also, of course, there are a few songs that were unreleased.

    The first 4 songs I'm assuming were new hits, and/or probably not released on previous albums. This is my assumption, as I was reading the liner notes, it showed the four songs with no reference of the year it was released. In fact, the years were not referenced for any of the songs throughout this compilation, except showing album covers for each song. The album covers shown for the first four songs was the Back To Basics one.

    The first four new songs: "Deeper Than A River" sounds like Paula Abdul's "Rush Rush," but more upbeat. "Not Gonna Be The One" has a new 1990s sound, "I Want To Be Wanted" is the Brenda Lee remake, with an updated mellow sound. "I Need Love" has Olivia Newton-John meeting the latest R&B style. It easily fits the Soul of even today's artists, 10+ years later, assuming it was recorded in the early 1990s.

    "Twist Of Fate," the title track of the movie with John Travolta, after Grease, has a very mid-1980s style, as heard from another movie soundtrack, Footloose. "Magic," a song that would reach #1, was from another movie, Xanadu. The movie may have been forgettable, (just as Twist Of Fate), and to some, so was this #1 hit.

    Two songs from her Olivia release -- "Deeper Than The Night" may not have been rememmbered as the other hit which I vividly remember, "A Little More Love." The next 3 songs were very VERY remembered by all, from the smash movie Grease with John Travolta: The #1 duet with Travolta, "You're The One That I Want," "Summer Nights," and "Hopelessly Devoted To You."

    Ending out the compilation are her most memorable 1970s hits, "Please Mr. Please," "Have You Never Been Mellow," "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" and "I Honestly Love You." (which also hit #1). "Sam," another song that may not ring bells was from her Don't Stop Believin' release -- a song very mellow, easily fitting the Lite Rock/Easy Listening formats.

    All her hits are here and a bit more -- it's a good collection for the O.N-J fans. My only "complaint" is where most compilations display the songs in chronological order, this one started with the later songs, then backwards to the beginning of her career. It's probably best to set the songs on your CD player from last to first, and hear how her career progressed. Either way, it's a very good compilation of one of the popular artists of that so-called "boring" 1970s decade -- Olivia Newton-John, or for those not so fortunate call her, "Oblivious Neutron-Bomb." (I wasn't one of those "less fortunate"; I enjoyed her music, just as the rest of them who did, yet some didn't want to admit it.) [C'mon guys, admit it, you LOVED seeing her in the black leather at the end of the Grease movie, didn't ya? And you DIDN'T drool when you saw her "Physical" video??? Huh Huh Huh? LOL]

    Ahhh. The 1970s... < sigh >

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