Xanadu (soundtrack)

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Xanadu
Xanadualbumcover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
Released August 1980
Recorded 1980
Studio Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany
Length 41:34
Label Jet, MCA
Producer Jeff Lynne, John Farrar
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
A Box of Their Best
(1980)A Box of Their Best1980
Xanadu
(1980)
Four Light Years
(1980)Four Light Years1980
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Totally Hot
(1978) Totally Hot1978
Xanadu
(1980) Xanadu1980
Physical
(1981) Physical1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 1.5/5[3]
Smash Hits 6/10[4]

Xanadu is the soundtrack of the 1980 musical film of the same name, featuring the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and the British group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in November 1980 by Jet Records in the United Kingdom and by MCA Records in the United States. The original LP release featured on side one the songs of Newton-John, and on side two the songs of ELO. In 2008 the soundtrack album was digitally remastered as a bonus CD as part of the film's DVD release entitled Xanadu – Magical Musical Edition.

Although the film was a critical and commercial disappointment,[5] the soundtrack was a worldwide success and received positive reviews from music critics going double platinum in the US and Canada. The hit singles "Magic" and "Xanadu", peaked at number one in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. Both singles also went to number one in the Netherlands and Italy, respectively. It was the 5th most popular US soundtrack in 1981.[6]

Background[edit]

The soundtrack featured songs on side one by the film's star, Olivia Newton-John, written by her long-time producer, John Farrar. The songs on side two were written and performed by ELO. The title track which closed side two featured Newton-John as lead vocalist.

The Newton-John side also featured Cliff Richard, The Tubes and Gene Kelly.

At the time of the album's release, Olivia Newton-John was signed to MCA Records, while ELO were signed to Jet Records. A compromise was worked out between the two companies in that the album was released on MCA in the US and Canada, and on Jet in the rest of the world.

Track listing[edit]

Side one (Olivia Newton-John)
All songs on side one written by John Farrar.

  1. "Magic" – 4:31
  2. "Suddenly" – 4:02
    Duet with Cliff Richard
  3. "Dancin'" – 5:17
    Duet with The Tubes
  4. "Suspended in Time" – 3:55
  5. "Whenever You're Away from Me" – 4:22
    Duet with Gene Kelly

Side two (Electric Light Orchestra)
All songs on side two written by Jeff Lynne.

  1. "I'm Alive" – 3:46
  2. "The Fall" – 3:34
  3. "Don't Walk Away" – 4:48
  4. "All Over the World" – 4:04
  5. "Xanadu" – 3:28
    Duet with Olivia Newton-John

Charts and certifications[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released
Title Year Peak chart positions
AUS AUT
[8]
CAN NL GER IRL NZ SWE UK US
"I'm Alive" (performed by Electric Light Orchestra) 1980 27 7 38 16 10 32 20 16[a]
"Magic" (performed by Olivia Newton-John) 4 20 1 13 36 4 12 32 1
"Xanadu" (performed by Newton-John and ELO) 2 1 6 1 1 1 8 3 1 8
"All Over the World" (performed by ELO) 78 3 10 28 12 11 13
"Suddenly" (performed by Newton-John and Cliff Richard) 37 60 6 30 15 20
"Don't Walk Away" (performed by ELO) 52 7 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Electric Light Orchestra personnel[edit]

Olivia Newton-John personnel[edit]

  1. ^ Single awarded gold record in the US from the RIAA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Xanadu at AllMusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 915. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 813. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  4. ^ Starr, Red (7–20 August 1980). "Albums". Smash Hits. p. 28. 
  5. ^ Ewbank, Tim. Olivia: The Biography of Olivia Newton-John Hachette UK, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The Top 100 of 1981 from 26 December 1981
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  8. ^ a b "Austriancharts.at – Soundtrack / Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0254". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Soundtrack / Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Soundtrack / Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1980" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Soundtrack / Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Soundtrack / Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Soundtrack / Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Original Soundtrack | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  17. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Elec.Light Orchestra und O. Newton-John; 'Xanadu')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  20. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1981". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  21. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Recorded Music NZ. 
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Xanadu in the search field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH