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Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Digitally remastered reissue of 1972 album for Festival, complete with the original cover art. Never released in the U.S., 'Olivia' contains 14 tracks, including covers of Bread's 'Everything I Own', George Harrison's 'Wha... more »
Digitally remastered reissue of 1972 album for Festival, complete with the original cover art. Never released in the U.S., 'Olivia' contains 14 tracks, including covers of Bread's 'Everything I Own', George Harrison's 'What Is Life'and Juice Newton's 'Angel Of The Morning'. 1998 Festival Records release.
Early Olivia - Sweet Vocals, Bold Lyrics - A GEM
Jose R. Perez | Yonkers, NY USA | 12/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Olivia" - ONJ's second UK release should not be confused with the artist's breathrough US album which spawned her first top 10 smash "Let me Be There" and which won 1973's Grammy Award for Best Country Female Vocalist. The two albums share cover art - this startlingly crisp B&W closeup - and a couple of tracks, but the song "Let Me Be There" is not included. That said, there are other, more important songs here that speak to the artist's personal and musical growth which in turn make this release truly special and unique. The mix of tracks - even without the ultimate paean to unconditional love - is fresh and well-arranged, with sweeping ballads and country flavored tempo's that will inspire and entertain even the most jaded ONJ listener. The songs that would make her famous reflect little of the emotional depths the singer can convey in songs like "Changes" and "My Old Mans Got a Gun." "Changes," which Olivia wrote, testifies to the difficulties of divorce, and is delivered with a sorrow and sadness that would make any couple think twice before severing their marriage vows. "What Is Life" and "Mary Skeffington" were hits in Europe and highlight Olivia's vocal range - which run from whispers to undeniably pitch-perfect heights. "Angel of the Morning" is passionate and forceful, more gutteral than Juice Newtown's hit version, and earthy. "I'm a Small and Lonely Light" is a gospel-ish declaration of hope, and "If We Only Have Love" - the Jacques Brel classic - builds to a sweeping close that makes it stand alongside any of today's pleas for peace, love, food and hope. It's this aspect of the album that resonates for me still today both as an early classic of Olivia's but also as a testament to the hopeful, even spiritual convictions of the early Seventies. In these songs, Olivia captures an era on the precipice of Watergate, disco and AIDS being chased by the ghosts of Vietnam, Dylan, and the decade that preceeded it."Olivia" and in particular, this stunningly remastered version, is a MUST for any Newton-John fan, casual or committed. Remember - don't expect the US release (or the hit single "Let Me Be There" for that matter) but sit back and embrace this wonderful album. If it were a precious stone, this collection would be a ruby...inspiring, heartwarming, and glowing."
Jeffrey Bedard | Lewiston, ME | 07/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hands down this is my favorite album by Olivia Newton-John's. She has the most beautiful singing voices I've ever heard and it is put on flattering display here on the incredible 14 songs which constitute this album. Songs like "My Old Man's Got A Gun" and "I'm A Small And Lonely Light" have such intricate musicianship and provide vital and strong backing behind ONJ's glorious vocals. Her one composition on this album, "Changes," is a great song, tenderly and intelligently talking about the emotions a parent experiences when going through a divorce. While the song was never a radio staple for her, it showcases Olivia's talent as a songwriter. The covers on this album are interesting and diverse Juice Newton to Paul Simon to George Harrison and she does well with each. The country rocker "Just A Little Too Much" is the most fun song on the record and you can picture Olivia smiling as she sings the song. The touching closing ballad "I Will Touch You" has the perfect early 70s feel. Throughout the 14 songs ONJ displays an impressive emotive vocal range. While "If We Only Had Love" may seem a little treacly to some, ONJ's delivery of the lyric is not. It's spot on perfect. ONJ's 70s albums are her best and, in my opinion, OLIVIA (her 2nd) is the best of them all."
Important Second Album
Stephen Lloyd | London. | 01/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After 2 hit singles from her first album, the important second lbum did not let anyone down. This contains some more lively tracks than it's 1971 predecessor, but in 1972 to listen to Olivia singing "What is Life" (another hit), and other classics like "Mary Skeffington", "My Old Man's Got A Gun" put my pulse racing. The album still does. Listen to this and enjoy it, it has something for everyone"