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Great non-Grease compilation of classic ONJ tracks,
This review is from: Icon (Audio CD)
Some will balk at the fact that this is only an 11-track CD, when there are other far more comprehensive and lengthy ONJ compilations available. However, this is actually a great selection of ONJ songs, and for someone who isn't already a fan, it's a terrific introduction to her work, since it neatly mixes highlights of her mid-70s country and adult contemporary heyday with her early 80s pop peak.
It also makes a great change to have tracks like Have You Never Been Mellow, Magic, Make A Move On Me, Heart Attack and Twist of Fate on a current ONJ release available in the UK. Although all massive Top 5 hits in the US (HYNBM and Magic were both No.1) they barely dented the charts here and therefore often get missed off UK releases.
The most noteworthy thing about this CD is the fact that it doesn't include any tracks from Grease. I actually think that's a good thing, since songs like You're The One That I Want, Summer Nights and Hopelessly Devoted To You have become almost ubiquitous in relation to Olivia Newton-John, and they're readily available elsewhere. Although Grease was undoubtedly the key event in her career - still reaping rewards and creating fans for her today - the fact is she was already the biggest-selling female singer of the 70s before Grease came along. It's good to see her non-Grease music given a focus, rather than her film career (although of course we do get songs from her other two major movies from the 1980s - Xanadu and Two of a Kind).
No, it's not a definitive collection, but it's not trying to be. As an 11-track selection of ONJ songs, it's actually pretty great. And at such a cheap price, it would make a good present for anyone who's shown a passing interest in her music and who doesn't know much about her other than that she starred in Grease.
I know quite a few people who saw her in her recent UK tour and who were pleasantly surprised both by what a great singer she (still) is and by what a great selection of songs she sings. I'm sure this would make a good memento for them, or indeed for anyone who appreciates good music from the 70s and 80s.
Hopefully the definitive box set - and/or the much-touted dance/pop album - will come next!