Let Me Be There (album)

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Let Me Be There
Let me be there.jpg
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1973
Genre Pop, country
Label Festival
Producer Bruce Welch, John Farrar, Alan Hawkshaw
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Olivia
(1972)
Let Me Be There
(1973)
Long Live Love
(1974)

Let Me Be There is the third studio album album by Olivia Newton-John, released in 1973. It consisted of her performances of a collection of 11 cover songs, plus "Let Me Be There", a new song first recorded by Newton-John herself. Outside the United States, it was called Music Makes My Day and it was published in the United Kingdom by Pye International, with some different songs, including the noted song "Music Makes My Day" a non-US release. It was produced by Bruce Welch, John Farrar and Alan Hawkshaw.

Release[edit]

The American publication of the album by MCA Records used the cover art from Olivia's 1972 LP record Olivia, which was not released by MCA. Some of its songs were taken for the US publication, such as song titles from the British publications of the albums If Not for You and Olivia.

Though the title song was a commercial failure in England, it was Olivia Newton-John's first American top ten hit, successfully boosting her singing career in North America. She had previously charted in the Billboard Top 40 with the song "If Not for You".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, John Denver)
  2. "Amoureuse" (Véronique Sanson, Gary Osborne)
  3. "Brotherly Love" (John Farrar)
  4. "Heartbreaker" (Russ Ballard)
  5. "Rosewater" (Newton-John)
  6. "You Ain't Got the Right" (Dennis Locorriere, Ray Sawyer, Ron Haffkine)
  7. "Feeling Best" (Glenn Shorrock)
  8. "Being on the Losing End" (Carl Groszman, Glynne Jones)
  9. "Let Me Be There" (John Rostill)
  10. "Music Makes My Day" (Farrar)
  11. "Leaving" (Flett, Guy Fletcher)
  12. "If We Try" (Don McLean)

In the United States, the album was released with artwork from her 1972 Olivia album and some different songs from this and some earlier Newton-John albums:

  1. "Let Me Be There" (No. 6 Pop, No. 7 Country, No. 3 Adult Contemporary)
  2. "Me and Bobby McGee" (from If Not for You)
  3. "Banks of the Ohio" (No. 94 Pop, No. 34 AC from If Not for You)
  4. "Love Song" (from If Not for You)
  5. "If Not for You" (No. 25 Pop, No. 1 AC from If Not for You)
  6. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (No. 119 Pop)
  7. "Angel of the Morning" (from Olivia)
  8. "If You Could Read My Mind" (from If Not for You)
  9. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (from If Not for You)
  10. "Just a Little Too Much" (from Olivia)

Reception[edit]

The album was released to capitalise on the success of its title track that had earned Newton-John a Grammy for Best Country Female. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1974,[1] and it peaked at No. 54 on the US Pop chart and at No. 1 (for two weeks) on the Country chart.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[2] 42
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 25
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 37
US Billboard 200[4] 54
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[5] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Let Me Be There". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4985." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Olivia Newton-John | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved November 2, 2014.