Come On Over CD (2007)

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Label Uni/mca
SKU 60141097
UPC 076731108223
UPC 14 00076731108223
Format CD
Release Date 1/24/2007
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Author Olivia Newton-John
Compilation Appearance Xanadu
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Pure Disco
Compilation Appearance Vol. 3-Pure Disco
Compilation Appearance Everlasting Love Songs
Compilation Appearance Best Of Olivia Newton John - Millennium Collection
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem Presents: americas Top Ten
Compilation Appearance Straight From The Heart
Compilation Appearance Love Songs
Compilation Appearance Me And My Friends
Compilation Appearance Christmas Song
Compilation Appearance Duets:Friends & Legends
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (Deluxe Version)
Compilation Appearance Easy 80S
Compilation Appearance Country's Got Heart
Compilation Appearance Engelbert Calling
Compilation Appearance Pop Goes The 70s
Compilation Appearance Scores: Songs From Copacabana & Harmony
Compilation Appearance Grease
Compilation Appearance All Of My Memories
Compilation Appearance Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
Technical Info
Engineer Alan Rouse; John Kurlander; Tony Clark
Producer John Farrar; John Farrar
CatalogID 3110822
Lable Name Universal Special Products
Released 11/12/2001
Original Release 1976
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00076731108223
Album Notes and Credits
Adapter: Olivia Newton-John.
Personnel: Olivia Newton-John (vocals); John Farrar (guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Alan Parker (guitar); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Steve Grey, Graham Todd (keyboards); Brian Bennett (drums); Vicki Brown, Pat Farrar, Clare Torry (background vocals).
Recording information: England.
Arranger: Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia Newton John's Come on Over is country tunes, folk ballads, and more. Her own arrangement and adaptation of the traditional "Greensleeves" is exquisite, haunting, and shows Newton-John is more than just a pretty face. Her hit catalog was already nine songs deep, and "Come on Over" was the tenth of close to 30 visits to the Top 40 in a 14-year period. Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and a cover of Dolly Parton's classic "Jolene" open and shut side one with the country side of things while the Diane Berglund/Jim Phillips composition "Pony Ride" is more of a piano ballad, nicely bridging the Western music with the song which would go to the top of the adult contemporary charts, the brilliant title track written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. "Come on Over" came right on the heels of one of the Bee Gees' most brilliant compositions, "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)," charting just three months prior to "Come on Over." What this record becomes is a textbook on the separation between what is good and what is great. The album is quality stuff through and through, but even a good reading of a Beatles classic like "The Long and Winding Road" pales next to the majesty of John Farrar's simple production and Olivia's direct and heart-wrenching vocal on the title track. It is so moving that every other performance becomes a supporting act to the main attraction. It is also the only song that charted on the Top 40 from this consistent and entertaining project. "It'll Be Me" is the next best thing to "Come on Over," a Hank Marvin/John Farrar composition showing Newton-John's relationship to Cliff Richard's Shadows, drummer Brian Bennett providing the backbeat. Cliff Richard had his biggest U.S. success up to this point in time with "Devil Woman" as this record was charting simultaneously. It would be four years until Olivia and Cliff's duet "Suddenly," from the Xanadu soundtrack, made its splash. "Don't Throw It All Away" and "Who Are You Now?" are beautiful middle of the road performances here, and Farrar's production is really understated and sadly underrated. His grasp of the pop format is major league and worthy of note. Farrar's "Small Talk and Pride" and Harlan Collins' "Wrap Me in Your Arms" are elegant and perfect in their construction. Olivia Newton-John was a superstar before Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, and as beautiful as those pop divas can sing, it is John Farrar's understanding of his artist which makes these albums by Olivia so heartfelt and magical. "Come on Over" is a tremendous song on a very good album. More than just the Bee Gees meets the Shadows featuring Olivia Newton-John, Come on Over is a true pop classic. ~ Joe Viglione
Disc 1
1 Jolene
2 Pony Ride
3 Come On Over
4 It'll Be Me
5 Greensleeves
6 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
7 Don't Throw It All Away
8 Who Are You Now?
9 Smile For Me
10 Small Talk And Pride
11 Wrap Me In Your Arms
12 Long And Winding Road, The

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