Making a Good Thing Better

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Making a Good Thing Better
Making a good thing better.jpg
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Country, musical theatre
Label MCA
Producer John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Don't Stop Believin'
Making a Good Thing Better
Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits

Making a Good Thing Better is an album by Olivia Newton-John, released in 1977.


The album peaked at No. 34 on the US Pop chart and No. 13 on the Country chart.[1] It was Newton-John's first album not to reach the Country Top 10. The album also ended Olivia's streak of six consecutive gold albums from 1974's Let Me Be There through 1976's Don't Stop Believin'. In the Netherlands, it became her fourth chart-topping album.

Newton-John was in a dispute with MCA Records at the time of the recording and was in negotiations to be released from MCA, thus the label did not promote the album. At the time, Newton-John sued for her release from MCA, claiming they had not promoted her music, resulting in diminished chart placement. She attempted to promote the album and single, appearing on the cover of Us Weekly on 23 August 1977 and making a promotional clip of the song that aired on NBC's The Midnight Special.

Olivia Newton-John went on to sign on to do the movie Grease, and came to an agreement to stay with MCA Records, though her recordings from the movie were on RSO Records.


The soul-sounding title track was the album single (with "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" and "Sad Songs") only reached No. 87 on the Pop chart and No. 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was Newton-John's first single not to reach the AC Top 10 since 1972's "What Is Life". The cover art is the same as what was re-issued for 2005's Gold CD. The original album featured a gatefold cover similar to her greatest hits packages, though only one vinyl LP album was contained inside.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Making a Good Thing Better" Pete Wingfield 3:47
2. "Slow Dancing" Jack Tempchin 4:00
3. "Ring of Fire" 3:18
4. "Coolin' Down" John Farrar 3:58
5. "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" 6:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Sad Songs"
  • Billy Alessi
  • Bobby Alessi
7. "You Won't See Me Cry"
8. "So Easy to Begin" 3:33
9. "I Think I'll Say Goodbye"
10. "Don't Ask a Friend"
  • Newton-John
11. "If Love Is Real" 4:34


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
Australia Albums (Kent Music Report)[2] 71
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 60
US Billboard 200[4] 34
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[5] 13


  1. ^ "Allmusic Olivia Newton-John > Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Olivia Newton-John | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved 8 October 2016.