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Xanadu - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (15 Dec 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000263YY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magic
2. Suddenly
3. Dancin'
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

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "alan_padgham" on 24 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
I heard the songs on this album before watching the movie, so I guess it was the quality of the music which led me to see it. Even though I found the story a bit far-fetched, the music was as good in the film as on the album, albeit with fewer songs on the album. Nevertheless, as a huge ELO fan I enjoyed the unique fusion of music styles between ELO and Olivia, with some worthwhile contributions from The Tubes and Gene Kelly. "Whenever you're away from me" is, in my opinion, a great piece of swing music, and both Olivia's and Gene's vocals do it much justice. Composition plays a big part too, with a certain erstwhile member of the Shadows (John Farrar) penning the excellent "Magic", and no-one can deny the powerful song-writing of the excellent Jeff Lynne. All these ingredients make this a worthwhile purchase if one is interested in diversity of music styles, even if the movie wasn't all that great. I have owned this album on vinyl and cassette and will now, upon completion of this review, order it on CD from Amazon. Enjoy!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sep 2002
Format: Audio CD
I do love this album! It has to be one of the finest soundtracks ever produced, working totally as a 'pop' album also. Olivia Newton-John comes out well on top with her 'side', which features duets with the likes of Cliff Richard, The Tubes and Gene Kelly! Her US #1, Magic, is probably the most exquisite thing here. A beautiful swirling melody with ONJ's sweet voice hitting every note with great precision. Suspended In Time is another fan fave. It was never released as a single in the UK or US, but would surely have been a chart topper had it been. Dancin' is a fabulous big band/rock fusion between Olivia and The Tubes and though probably not single material, it's a definite highlight. Whenever You're Away From Me, a 40's style duet with Gene Kelly, shouldn't work but it does. If you've seen the movie you'll remember the beautiful dance sequence that goes with the track. Suddenly, with Cliff, was another hit, though quite a small one, but like the rest of the material flows wonderfully.
Olivia also crops up on ELO's 'side' (the original LP had 5 songs by ONJ on side 1 and 5 by ELO on side 2) duetting on the title track. UK fans will remember it soaring to #1 in the summer of 1980. It's a brilliantly catchy tune (if a little repetitive!) that pushes Olivia's often wispy vocals to new heights. Olivia should team up with Jeff Lynne again!
The other 4 ELO tracks are also alarmingly commercial, but in truth, these aren't their strongest songs. For that you'll have to seek out Discovery, Out Of The Blue and A New World Record. However, I'm Alive and All Over The World are pop gems, the latter in particular really brightens the day. The Xanadu Soundtrack is a joyous listening experience and I recommend it unreservedly. It's been remastered so it sounds great, too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bridgeman Swansea on 16 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am so pleased to have this on CD at last, it only took me 32 years to find a copy. The only way to describe the music from both E.L.O. and Olivia Newton John is joyfull. That is the feeling all the way through, favourite tracks are Magic for Olivia and I'm Alive by E.L.O. I am not a big fan of Cliff Richard, but he has the occasional gem and his duet with Olivia on "Suddenly" is one of them, their voices are so good together. This album reminds me of the begining of the eighties, the feeling of optimism and anything being possible I felt at that time. Who could ask for more?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
Full disclosure here: I'm writing this review because of my interest in The Electric Light Orchestra and have to admit that I feel utterly indifferent to Olivia Newton-John's music; it is not something that has ever interested nor offended me (although I do think “Physical” is rather awful). Honestly, I am not writing these words to upset fans of the film or of Olivia, Cliff or anyone else to do with the project. Sadly, I do think it's a shame that Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra had anything to do with the 1980 film “Xanadu”, such was the negative critical response. It was named amongst the worst films of the year by critics and was even an inspiration for the Golden Raspberry Awards, formed specifically to 'honour' bad motion pictures. However, the silver lining to this cloud is the handful of excellent Lynne-penned songs which appear in the film and, subsequently, on the soundtrack. Being completely objective, I can't say that there is much on side one of the album to interest me and the fact that ELO share a soundtrack with Cliff Richard is one that causes an uncomfortable shifting in my seat. Unfortunately, these songs comprise half of the record, so it would be wrong to ignore them and just pretend they weren't there... as much as I would like to.

Each of the five songs on the first half of the album are written by John Farrar, a successful songwriter and long-time collaborator with Olivia Newton-John (he wrote “Have You Never Been Mellow”, as well as “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “You're The One That I Want” on the “Grease” soundtrack), so his track record is impressive.
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