Clearly Love

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Clearly Love
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Country/Adult contemporary
Label MCA
Producer John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Have You Never Been Mellow
(1975)
Clearly Love
(1975)
Come On Over
(1976)

Clearly Love was an album by Olivia Newton-John, released in 1975.

Reception[edit]

The album's peak of #12 in the U.S. was also something of a disappointment, considering that Newton-John's previous two albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know and Have You Never Been Mellow, had both reached #1. Nevertheless, the album did earn a Gold record,[1] and both of the album's singles were Top 20 country chart hits, with "Something Better To Do" at #19 and "Let It Shine" (written by Nashville songwriter Linda Hargrove) at #5. In the United Kingdom it was a different story, as neither the album nor its singles charted at all there. The market in which the album was most successful in terms of chart position was The Netherlands, where it went to Number One. Clearly Love also did well in Japan, reaching #3 on the Oricon album chart.

Singles[edit]

"Something Better To Do" and "He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother" were released as singles from this album, with the latter single (in the U.S.) featuring Newton-John's version of "Let It Shine" as its B-side, and the former topping the charts in the Netherlands. This song became very popular on the Country Music stations hitting the top 10 on the Country Chart. Both singles were #1 Adult Contemporary chart hits in the United States, but performed comparatively poorly on the Billboard Hot 100 at #13 and #30 respectively, the beginning of a decline at Newton-John's popularity at Top 40 radio in the U.S. that would not be reversed until her starring role in the movie musical Grease in 1978.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. Something Better to Do (John Farrar) 3:16
  2. Lovers (Mickey Newbury) 2:40
  3. Slow Down Jackson (Michael Brourmann & Karen Gottlieb) 3:05
  4. He's My Rock (S.K. Dobbins) 2:17
  5. Sail Into Tomorrow (John Farrar) 3:35

Side Two

  1. Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying (Labi Siffre) 3:00
  2. Clearly Love (Diane Berglund & Jim Phillips) 2:19
  3. Let It Shine (Linda Hargrove) 2:26
  4. Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran & Jerry Capehart) 2:11
  5. Just A Lot Of Folk (The Marshmallow Song) (Diane Berglund & Jim Phillips) 2:47
  6. He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother (Bobby Scott & Bob Russell) 3:54

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Clearly Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH