Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992

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Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992
Greatest hits album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1992
Genre Adult contemporary, pop, country
Producer Various
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Warm and Tender
(1989)
Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992
(1992)
Gaia
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Back to Basics is a greatest hits album by Olivia Newton-John that was released in 1992, and the first compilation to contain both her country and pop hits. The album contained four new tracks: "Deeper Than A River", "Not Gonna Be The One", "I Want to Be Wanted" and "I Need Love". A tour was planned to promote the album but had to be canceled when Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Release[edit]

The album was released with different track listings in different territories in order to feature her biggest hits in each region. Although the album didn't chart highly in the U.S., it was a long-term big seller and eventually certified Gold.[2] The album was a bigger success in the U.K and Australia.

Track listing[edit]

European and Japanese version

  1. "If Not for You"
  2. "Banks of the Ohio"
  3. "What Is Life"
  4. "Take Me Home Country Roads"
  5. "I Honestly Love You"
  6. "Have You Never Been Mellow"
  7. "Sam"
  8. "You're the One That I Want"
  9. "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
  10. "Summer Nights"
  11. "A Little More Love"
  12. "Xanadu"
  13. "Magic"
  14. "Suddenly"
  15. "Physical"
  16. "The Rumour"
  17. "Not Gonna Be the One"
  18. "I Need Love"
  19. "I Want to Be Wanted"
  20. "Deeper Than a River"
  21. "Warm And Tender" (Japanese Bonus Track)[3]

US Version

  1. "Deeper Than a River"
  2. "Not Gonna Be the One"
  3. "I Want to Be Wanted"
  4. "I Need Love"
  5. "Twist of Fate"
  6. "Physical"
  7. "Magic"
  8. "Deeper Than the Night"
  9. "A Little More Love"
  10. "You're the One That I Want"
  11. "Summer Nights"
  12. "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
  13. "Sam"
  14. "Please Mr. Please"
  15. "Have You Never Been Mellow"
  16. "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)"
  17. "Let Me Be There"
  18. "I Honestly Love You"

Australian Version

  1. "I Need Love"
  2. "Deeper Than a River"
  3. "Not Gonna Be the One"
  4. "I Want to Be Wanted"
  5. "If Not for You"
  6. "Banks of the Ohio"
  7. "Let Me Be There"
  8. "I Honestly Love You"
  9. "If You Love Me Let Me Know"
  10. "Have You Never Been Mellow"
  11. "Don't Stop Believin'"
  12. "Sam"
  13. "A Little More Love"
  14. "Physical"
  15. "Make a Move on Me"
  16. "Hopelessly Devoted to You"
  17. "Xanadu"
  18. "Magic"
  19. "Twist of Fate"
  20. "Soul Kiss"
  21. "Grease Mega-Mix"

(An Australian Tour Edition of the album was released in 1998 and contained a bonus CD featuring the below tracks. These were the Australian hits missing from the initial album):

  1. "No Matter What You Do"
  2. "Don't Cut Me Down"
  3. "It's Always Australia for Me"
  4. "Can't We Talk It Over in Bed"
  5. "The Rumour"
  6. "Please Mr. Please"
  7. "Jolene"
  8. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
  9. "Heart Attack"
  10. "Toughen Up"

Charts[edit]