It’s been more than two months since we lost Olivia Newton-John to her 30-year battle with breast cancer. Similar to the impact of Karen Carpenter’s death in 1983, audiences are now reevaluating Newton-John’s impact as a 4-time Grammy winning vocalist and musician in the wake of her death.
Primary Wave re-introduces us today to the artistry and allure of Olivia’s musical legacy with the expanded Deluxe Edition of her 1977 “Greatest Hits” album (covering her career from 1971 to 1976). In this instance, we get the “pre-Grease, pre-Xanadu, pre-Physical” version of ONJ. Yes, for those unaware, Olivia Newton-John was a big deal…before playing Sandy in Paramount Pictures’ “Grease” in 1978.
Boasting tracks written by Bob Dylan (“If Not For You”), John Denver (“Take Me Home, Country Roads”), Barry & Robin Gibb (“Come On Over”), Dolly Parton (“Jolene”), Peter Allen (“I Honestly Love You”), as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber (“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”), this set also features 9 #1 adult contemporary chart hits as well as two pop chart toppers (“I Honestly Love You” and “Have You Never Been Mellow”).
The following year after this set’s release, Olivia would be catapulted along with co-star John Travolta into the stratosphere upon the release of “Grease”, but to truly experience her crystal-clear voice, her delicate sincerity in delivery, and John Farrar’s production genius (not to mention the spectacular photography), revisit Olivia’s Greatest Hits, the Deluxe Edition.
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