If You Love Me, Let Me Know

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If You Love Me, Let Me Know
Compilation album by Olivia Newton-John
Released May 1974
Recorded

1972, 1973, 1974

EMI Studios and CSS, London, England
Genre Country, adult contemporary
Length 31:08
Label MCA
Producer John Farrar, Bruce Welch
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Long Live Love
(1974)
If You Love Me, Let Me Know
(1974)
Have You Never Been Mellow
(1975)

If You Love Me, Let Me Know was a United States and Canada-only compilation album by singer Olivia Newton-John, released in May 1974. Other than the title track, all the material was from her previous albums, Long Live Love (1974), Olivia (1972) and Music Makes My Day (1973). It is the first of her albums to top the Billboard 200 pop albums chart. Two hit singles were issued from the LP in the US: the title song and "I Honestly Love You", the latter of which became Newton-John's first number-one US single.

History[edit]

Six of the tracks on the album are from her European and Australian release, Long Live Love, two are tracks from Olivia and one from Music Makes My Day, with the title song being the only new addition. Essentially, this is the second of the two early compilation albums released by MCA Records, the other album being the U.S. version of Let Me Be There, released in 1973. The result of MCA picking Newton-John's stronger tracks plus newer singles in the same vein led to the album earning widespread critical acclaim and strong album sales in North America.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

It was the first of two Newton-John albums to top the Billboard 200 pop albums chart,[2] the second being Have You Never Been Mellow the following year. Two hit singles were culled from the LP in the U.S.: the title song (No. 5) and "I Honestly Love You", the latter of which became Newton-John's first number-one single in the U.S.[2] after listener requests for the song prompted MCA to release it as a single....much to Newton-John's delight after she originally pleaded with the label to release it as such. Both songs reached the top 10 of the U.S. Pop, Adult Contemporary and Country charts,[2] affirming Newton-John's status as the top female country-crossover star of the day and continuing the chart hot streak begun with the Grammy-winning "Let Me Be There" the previous year.

The title track ranks as Newton-John's highest charting single on the country charts, reaching No. 2,[2] although she would have many more top 10 hits to come.

The album was certified Gold in the US.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" (John Rostill)
  2. "Mary Skeffington" ** (Gerry Rafferty)
  3. "Country Girl" * (Hawkshaw, Gosling)
  4. "I Honestly Love You" * (Peter Allen, Jeff Barry)
  5. "Free the People" * (Barbara Keith)

Side Two

  1. "The River's Too Wide" * (Bob Morrison)
  2. "Home Ain't Home Anymore" * (John Farrar, Peter Robinson)
  3. "God Only Knows" * (Brian Wilson, Tony Asher)
  4. "Changes" ** (Olivia Newton-John)
  5. "You Ain't Got the Right" *** (Dennis Locorriere, Ray Sawyer, Ron Haffkine, J. David)
(* denotes a previous release outside the U.S. on Long Live Love [1974])
(**Denotes a previous release outside the U.S. on "Olivia" [1972])
(***Denotes a previous release outside the U.S. on "Music Makes My Day"/"Let Me Be There" AUS [1973/74].)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 1
1974 Billboard Top Country Albums 1
Preceded by
Endless Summer
by
The Beach Boys
Billboard 200 number-one album
12 October – 18 October 1974
Succeeded by
Not Fragile
by
Bachman–Turner Overdrive

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