Deeper Than a River - Olivia Newton-John, Warren, Diane
Not Gonna Be the One - Olivia Newton-John, Swirsky, Seth
I Want to Be Wanted - Olivia Newton-John, Gannon, Kim
I Need Love - Olivia Newton-John, Kipner, Steve
Twist of Fate - Olivia Newton-John, Beckett, Peter
Physical - Olivia Newton-John, Kipner, Steve
Magic - Olivia Newton-John, Farrar, John
Deeper Than the Night - Olivia Newton-John, Snow, Tom
A Little More Love - Olivia Newton-John, Farrar, John
You're the One That I Want - Olivia Newton-John, Farrar, John
Summer Nights - Olivia Newton-John, Casey, Warren
Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olivia Newton-John, Farrar, John
Please Mr. Please - Olivia Newton-John, Rostill, John
Sam - Olivia Newton-John, Black, Don [Lyricis
Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton-John, Farrar, John
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton-John, Rostill, John
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John, Allen, Peter [Piano
She started her career as an inoffensive pop singer who sang of the benefits of getting "mellow" ("Have You Never Been Mellow"). Her transformation into a brazen aerobics sex-throb with "Physical" is as radical as what hap... more »pens to her character, Sandra Dee, in the movie Grease. Three cuts from which ("Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One That I Want," and "Summer Nights") are featured here. Add a few other hits, "A Little More Love" and "Magic" and you've got a full spectrum view of what she can do. From syrupy ballad queen to workout addict, she got it on the radio. --Rob O'Connor« less
She started her career as an inoffensive pop singer who sang of the benefits of getting "mellow" ("Have You Never Been Mellow"). Her transformation into a brazen aerobics sex-throb with "Physical" is as radical as what happens to her character, Sandra Dee, in the movie Grease. Three cuts from which ("Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One That I Want," and "Summer Nights") are featured here. Add a few other hits, "A Little More Love" and "Magic" and you've got a full spectrum view of what she can do. From syrupy ballad queen to workout addict, she got it on the radio. --Rob O'Connor
Karin H. (Hector17) from HARRISBURG, PA Reviewed on 7/4/2011...
I never realized how diverse her music was till I got this CD - it did not disappoint! I love her voice and wish she would have continued recording. Her voice is sorely missed.
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An exellent introduction, but not an essentials collection.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The biggest problem with Olivia Newton-John's catalog is out of the albums are out of print. Only two of the nine albums, not including soundtrack, from the pre-Physical period are still available on American catalogs. BACK TO BASICS gives us the golden nuggets from Olivia's career. Most of the biggest hits of Olivia's catalog are included "Physical", "You're The One That I Want", "Magic", "Have You Never Been Mellow", and "I Honestly Love You" are included. Unfortunately, BACK TO BASICS is not an essentials collection due to the fact that many major hits "Let Me Be There" and "Make A Move On Me" and important songs "If Not For You" are not included. In order to make the album a true retrospective collection you would need songs that demonstrated where Olivia was at the time "Come On Over" is every bit as important a song in her catalog as "Sam". Impressive performances like "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "Suddenly" (a duet with Cliff Richard from XANADU) are overlooked. In order to make it a complete package there should have been at least one song from each album present. The four new songs belong on this package. "Deeper Than A River" is beautifully produced and arranged and Olivia's voice is magnificent. "Not Gonna Be The One" has classic vocal styles and is sung by a musical master. "I Want To Be Wanted" is a vocal performance equal to many f her best love songs, you can hear the emotion in her voice. "I Need Love" is a revival of her days of PHYSICAL, TOTALLY HOT, and SOUL KISS. "Twist Of Fate", "Deeper Than The Night", and "Summer Nights" make their first apperances on American Hits albums. BACK TO BASICS is the perfect collection for Olivia introduction because it shows how varied her career is. For longtime fans, its a good collection, but the original Austrailan versions are ore comprehensive and complete.-MATT COKER"
Olivia and life
Roberta Hotard | Somewhere here, Florida | 02/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have always loved Olivia Newton John as a singer and actress. A little more love touched my heart and I honestly love you , I still listen to the song everyday. When I first heard I honestly love you , I contacted the radio station to dedicate it the person I loved and always will. Love does not go away. Thanks Olivia!"
This C.D. is excellent
eriddle | 10/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this C.D., and I love it. I love the song Physical, and I also love the song PLease Mr. please. Whenever I hear that song I find myself singing along. This C.d is a deintie must have for the Olivia Newton-John fan. One of the best I've heard in a long time"
Sheer pleasure desperately in need of a Volume 2
Jeff Pearlman | Lakeland, FL USA | 05/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was glad to see a CD that, at least partially, combines the previously-available Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 to span Olivia's entire career. I wish Geffen hadn't limited the selection to 13 hits (plus 4 increasingly-less-"new" songs); however, I'd say they picked most of the best 13. I was pleased to see "Deeper Than The Night" and "Sam" among the more-famous songs, but all of these are wonderful. (Note: I was 13 when "Grease" came out. I may not be objective.) It pained me to see "I Need Love" stop at the bottom of the pop chart; produced by Giorgio Moroder (producer of most of Donna Summer's classic hits), it had a great sound and lyric ("I'm not looking for a Band-aid on loneliness...").Olivia deserves a 2-disc set. Import versions of this CD include "The Rumour" (fantastic; written by Elton John) and "If Not For You", among others. The latter's exclusion from the U.S. version is peculiar because it's actually from 1971. Its absence means this CD should be called "Essential...'74-'92".Also among the missing are "Let Me Be There", "Make A Move On Me", "Heart Attack", "Xanadu" (with E.L.O.), "Soul Kiss", "Livin' In Desperate Times", "Don't Stop Believin'", "Suddenly" (with Cliff Richard), and a bunch more. Maybe someday these will turn up on an "Essential Collection, Vol. 2". This is why I kept my vinyl..."