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A Few Best Men Soundtrack, Import

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B006T8LGF0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Olivia has surpassed herself with this album. The opening track Weightless by John Farrar (Who wrote most of her biggest hits) is just one to dance to and I just keep playing it over and over, a great radio song. There are some really well done dance tracks, like Daydream believer and Mickey, I think I love you and Devil gate drive being ones that really stand out and you've never heard them like this before. Some may not like the fact that livvys voice has been played with alot on these tracks but its a techno dance album and designed for clubbing to and that is exactly what we've got here. If you want sweet sounding easy listening Olivia, don't buy this because you won't get it. Just crank up the volume and dance yourself silly. Olivia is back and I hope there is more of this to come!
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Olivia has definately still got _it_, this album is packed with dance-floor fillers. She takes hits from the 60,s and 70,s and turns them on their head,giving them an edge,techno and trance style. Among the best are Daydream believer ,which has a sound to rival what you hear on radio today. Wait till you hear what Olivia does with Devil Gate Drive,the Suzi Quatro hit.a great stomping dance track with vocals reminiscent of her Totally Hot album . Mickey is another standout track that will have you turning up the volme. She has top producers and Dj,s Chew Fu,Archie, and Roulette on board making this album appeal to club goers and dance music fans. Yes the Goddess has been auto-tuned and barely recognisable as lovely Livvy on one or two tracks,but this is a dance album after all,and Livvy is just as contemporary as the best of them and current. Olivia continues to please ,more,more,more,we say!... Pssst,there is another ONJ dance album in the works for release later this year.Go girl .
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This apparent soundtrack is strictly for ONJ fans only. I read that Olivia did'nt have much time in the studio to do the vocals (one day, i think) and i'm afraid it shows. On some of the tracks she hardly sings on them at all - something like a 12inch b-side dub mix. At least you get the fantastic Weightless which is ONJ at her John Farrar writen and produced best, however I fail to see why they did not put the version used at the end of the film which has a longer and better ending. Don't get me wrong I love Olivia and always will and I got VERY excited at the prospect of this dance CD but it turned out to be somewhat of a missed opportunity and a anti-climax.
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ok its always great to get new material from livvy but in places this isnt about Olivia more about djs showing off and the songs are great in their original form but some just dont work here for instance-love boat all they have done is loop Livvy singin love boat over and over, the bicycle song is much the same. for me the best tracks are devil gate drive,weightless and "two out of three aint bad".But as always Livvy is doing something different.This isnt a greaat album but it's an improvement on things like "2" and "stronger than before" .
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's so CAMPY, it's good! 5 Dec. 2012
By Matthew J. Dillon - Published on
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When I first listened to soundtrack, I wept for Olivia, as I am a HUGE Olivia fan! Her voice is so auto tuned throughout this album, and the songs they have her sing from the 70s are very campy tunes. However, the more I listened to it, the more I couldn't stop humming, especially the theme song from "The Love Boat". So now I listen to it almost everyday, just for the "rush" in the joy of the music that will have you tapping your feet. The songs included from "The Wedding Band" are cute, as well, but it is Olivia's songs that stand out on this album. If you are looking for a "sugary" and "campy" album to listen to just for the fun of it, I would say take a chance on this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Olvia's new twist on many old classics from the 60's and 70's 7 Mar. 2013
By B. Lane - Published on
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As a soundtrack to a hilarious movie, this soundtrack hits the spot, too. Many of the tracks were sung by others in the movie, but Olivia takes them on here with some dance mixes of 60's and 70's classics.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FInally an Olivia dance album 24 Oct. 2013
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on
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Over a decade ago, there was rumor of a remix album of Olivia's music for the dance clubs, and a few of the tracks were leaked in bootleg versions. I think I'm more psyched about this collection of cover versions than I would have been to hear her already perfect hits remixed.

My initial wish is that they had either NOT included the songs by the Wedding Band OR sequenced the CD so all of Olivia's songs were together. The only other wish is that they hadn't used DUB versions of some of the songs with barely any of Olivia's vocals. (ex: Daydream Believer and The Love Boat). These easily could have been full-vocal updates.

What I do absolutely love here--the original track "Weightless" has that classic Olivia/Farrar sound with a modern edge to it. After that, I love several cover versions. The cover of Sugar, Sugar is an amazing transformation of the bubblegum pop 60s tune from the Archies into a funky trance dance track. In "Devil Gate Drive," Olivia covers an old Suzi Quatro track and completely rock-dances out, tapping into that hard "Totally Hot" vocal delivery. The Partridge Family classic "I Think I Love You" is completely reworked into an Olivia techno track (awesome). And finally, the smartest move ever is to completely revamp the tone of the mega-hit "Mickey" from Toni Basil. If you're going to redo such an iconic track, the only way to go is to make it completely different, and this dance version succeeds big time. This seriously should have been released as a single.

This dance experiment feels like it was inspired by the cover version of Olivia's own "Physical" that she did with Jane Lynch on Glee a couple of years ago--another wickedly fun modernization of a classic.
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WHAT WAS SHE THINKING 2 Mar. 2012
By H. J. Hagenbeek - Published on
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When this album finally arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find 13 new songs by Olivia, as I pre-ordered this album I did not know the track-listing and only heard that there would be 5 new songs by Olivia on it.

The songs on it were intriguing, I wondered what she would do with songs like Mickey and Devil Gate Drive. With high anticipation I put this album in the CD-player, but with the first song my eyebrows went up and an uneasy feeling came to me , what were those terrible techno-beats doing on an Olivia song. I shrugged it off as I thought that this could be her way to adapt to the modern times (which is sad for someone with her talents). But when the second song came up the horror set in, you could not even recognize that lovely voice as it was drowning in techno-beats.

The next song by the Weddingband did not improve my mood, and it is very hard for me as a huge Olivia Newton John fan to say, but it was a torture to go through the complete album. Was it all bad? In all honesty no, there are some of the songs that are reasonable (Two out of three ain't bad; I think I love you; even Mickey and the second version of the opening track Weightless) which add up to almost the 5 tracks I thought I would buy with this album.

I know I am old fashioned, I like a singer for his/her voice and do not think much of the technical trickery of the computer-music. I personally think that the invention of the synthesizer had a bad influence on popular music, it lead to the use of computers in music, which in turn made it possible for non-musical talents to create "music". Top40 radio is not helping very much either as almost every song it plays is drenched with that "irresistable" techno-beat.

All in all, this is not my cup of tea and I hope that Olivia will come to her senses very soon to record songs in a setting that does her voice justice, this album does not.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Olivia Meets Lady Gaga! 14 April 2012
By Daniel Pine - Published on
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This soundtrack used as a vehicle to promote Olivia Newton-John's new movie " A Few Best Men," offers many surprises. It's a bit of a jolt following Livvy's musical journey in the last half of this decade commuting from the New Age sensibilities of "Grace And Gratitude Renewed" to Dance Music remixed in this project in the vein of Lady Gaga! I never ever imagined Olivia to be linked with audotune and current remixing trends but the experiment makes for a most interesting listening experience. The highlight for Oliviaphiles such as myself was ONJ being reunited with her longtime producer and songwriter, John Farrar. Farrar was responsible for most of Livvy's biggest hits including "Have You Never Been Mellow," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," and "You're The One That I Want." John Farrar and his son, Max contributed the track, "Weightless," which opens the collection. This song is a fun, bouncy, pop ditty that harkens back to the sound of her pop heyday between 1978-1982, when she was the Neutron-Bomb! (There is also a remix of this song at the end of the CD, which although providing more of a backbeat, does not offer much to the original). The rest of the contributions on this varied album are remakes that are remixed and remodeled to appeal to dance floor enthusiasts of the new generation. "Daydream Believer," is a standout track that delivers passionate vocals and undeniable energy that could clearly find it's way into the clubs, if marketed properly. One idea would be for ONJ to be involved with a tribute to the current untimely death of late Davey Jones from the Monkees. I'm not certain whether the film and CD of this project will truly commute to find it's way to the American Market. If it does, there is a strong chance that Livvy's music will be rightfully heard once again on the radio and in the clubs. The first single released is a cover of Toni Basil's Mickey, that has sexy and sensual vocals from Olivia that are reminiscient of her "Soul Kiss" phase. (Incidentally the original song was Number 1 on the charts the same week that ONJ's "Heart Attack" peaked at #3! in 1983) Besides "Weightless", "Sugar Sugar" is the closest sounding to the Olivia Newton-John that we all know and originally fell in love with. "The Rain, The Park, And Other Things" also has a clearly definable pure ONJ vocal. This song is the closest to an R&B slow jam that you will ever find in the ONJ catalogue. "Devil Gate Drive" finds Livvy channeling and expanding upon her "Gimmie Some Lovin'" personna from the Totally Hot Era. "I Think I Love You" serves a fun and fierce reworking of the David Cassidy classic. "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" shows a more raw vocal delivery reminiscent of Bonnie Tyler that touches upon longing and angst that she renders believable in her interpretation! This is quite impressive, because the meaning of this song penned by Meatloaf is completely different from her self actualized personna as a 63 year old breast cancer thriver, humanitarian, and songstress! Then, there are tracks where Olivia's vocals are unfortunately wasted in the mix! "The Love Boat" and "Georgy Girl" both sound absolutely different from the original tunes. Olivia's vocals are drowned out and it sounds like she is 2,000 feet under water! These tracks serve simply as ambient dance mixes in which the music is turned up to the max and Olivia's vocal contributions play a mere second or should i say third fiddle! It seems completely unnecessary that she is even present on these tracks at all! "The Pushbike Song" deserves the unique distinction of being the absolute worst sounding Olivia Newton-John track i've ever heard! This selection is audotuned to the point of ONJ being completely unrecognizable! It sounds most similar to something Rhianna would turn out in this day and age. "Brand New Key" shows Livvy duetting with an Audotuned Version of Livvy! It's an interesting idea, however, it makes me long for a stripped down version of ONJ singing this, without the studio gimmicks. As much as i am open to the experimentation of these new sounds, i would have preferred these tunes to be done unplugged. I'm hoping for simplistic versions of these classics when ONJ returns to the concert stage! In addition to ONJ songs, the project does feature tracks from The Wedding Band, which although sounding pleasant enough, i tend to skip over because this music is not what originally attracted me to this project! In all, any new project that Olivia Newton-John commits to, i wholeheartedly support! I appreciate her openness to experiment and transcend genres in her forty year career! This unique experiment is a fun, engaging and delicious addition to the diverse ONJ catalog. Die hard Olivia Newton-John enthusiasts will embrace the project, but most likely will have varying opinions regarding the diversity of the tracks represented. The soundtrack also has a place for the new generation as well. It is well worth a listen!
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