Xanadu [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Xanadu [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Olivia Newton-JohnOlivia Newton-John

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Overview

Hollywood never learns. Hot on the heels of box-office failures Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Can't Stop the Music, comes the roller-skating Olivia Newton John in Xanadu. This soundtrack is fluff stuff to be sure, but some pearls float amongst the mire. Lead-off "Magic" remains a fine single. "Suddenly," a duet ONJ ekes out with British luminary Cliff Richard, seems better than most love themes. The sudden appearance of the Tubes almost saves the doomed swing
ock hybrid "Dancin," but the two styles should never meet. The second half glows from the Electric Light Orchestra, soaring at its commercial height, escaping this crippling fairy tale fairly untarnished with three more hit bits: "I'm Alive," "All Over the World," and the Olivia Neutron Bomb showcase title track. "Don't Walk Away" and "The Fall" stand as two of Jeff Lynne's finest, thus the flip nukes the front which should stay stuck to the theater floor. Listening to this soundtrack may beat watching the actual film, but know that if you didn't dig Xanadu when it came out, the platter gains nothing through time.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/1998
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811185725
catalogNumber: 11857
Rank: 7066

Tracks

  1. Magic
  2. Suddenly
  3. Dancin' Round and Round
  4. Suspended in Time
  5. Whenever You're Away from Me
  6. I'm Alive
  7. The Fall
  8. Don't Walk Away
  9. All Over The World
  10. Xanadu

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Olivia Newton-John   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Lynne   Keyboards,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bev Bevan   Vocals,Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Kelly Groucutt   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Gene Kelly   Vocals,Track Performer
Electric Light Orchestra, Part II   Track Performer
Cliff Richard   Track Performer
Tubes   Track Performer
Ed Greene   Drums
Louis Clark   Strings
John Farrar   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Bill Spooner   Guitar
Michael Boddicker   Vocoder
Michael Cotten   Synthesizer
Richard Hewson   Conductor
David Hungate   Bass
Roger Steen   Guitar
Richard Tandy   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Carlos Vega   Drums
Jai Winding   Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Producer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
John Farrar   Producer
Mike Fink   Reissue Design
Richard Hewson   Arranger,String Arrangements
David J. Holman   Engineer
George Osaki   Art Direction

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