Olivia (Olivia Newton-John album)

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Olivia
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1972
Genre Pop, country
Label Festival Records
Producer Bruce Welch and John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John chronology
If Not for You
(1971)
Olivia
(1972)
Let Me Be There
(1973)
Singles from Olivia
  1. "What Is Life"
  2. "My Old Man's Got a Gun"

Olivia is the second album from the singer Olivia Newton-John. Two of its songs were released as singles ("What Is Life" and "My Old Man's Got a Gun"). In its initial release, it was not issued in the United States, though it was sold there as an import. A digitally remastered version was released in 1995.

Reception[edit]

Olivia was a commercial failure when released in the UK on Pye International in 1972, as the follow-up to 1971's If Not for You. An American release of the LP never materialized. Therefore, the record label did not want to risk a release of the album in the United States on Uni Records, her US label at the time. Newton-John's subsequent release, Let Me Be There, would reach a sales position (UK Chart: 37) that would earn it the certification "Gold".

The cover art, done in blue tint, was later used (in a blueish-green tint) as the cover of the US release of Let Me Be There on MCA Records in 1973, following the success of the hit single penned by John Rostill.

Product Description[edit]

The album was first released on CD in Japan, on 7 November 1990, as part of the EMI PASTMASTERS series (Cat.# CP21-6073). The Japanese release did not feature any of the original album artwork. The cover photo was a "live" picture taken from a 1977 live appearance in Japan. Packaging included an OBI (in Japanese language), and a white, folded insert sheet that included the lyrics for all the songs in English on one side, and in Japanese on the other. A digitally-remastered reissue of the 1972 album came out in 1998 on the Festival label (Cat.# D34658 / D21034), complete with the original cover art. Not released in the United States, Olivia contains 14 tracks, including covers of Bread's Everything I Own, George Harrison's "What Is Life" (US #34 Adult Contemporary, Billboard) and "Behind That Locked Door", and Merrilee Rush's Angel of the Morning.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Angel of the Morning" (Chip Taylor)
  2. "Just a Little Too Much" (Johnny Burnette)
  3. "If We Only Have Love"
  4. "Winterwood"
  5. "My Old Man's Got a Gun"
  6. "Changes"
  7. "I'm a Small and Lonely Light"
  8. "Why Don't You Write Me" (Paul Simon)
  9. "Mary Skeffington" (Gerry Rafferty)
  10. "Behind That Locked Door" (George Harrison)
  11. "What Is Life" (George Harrison)
  12. "Everything I Own" (David Gates)
  13. "Living in Harmony" (Alan Tarney, Trevor Spencer)
  14. "I Will Touch You"