Title - 'Olivia's Live Hits' (EMI)
Artist - Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton John was one of my favorite singers in the late '70s and '80s. I still remember when she had something like 7 to 8 hits in a row from 1978 to 1980. Indeed, her country songs of 1973 and 1974 are still fabulous! On this live compilation just-released from EMI songs like "Physical" and "Xanadu" still sound funky, danceable, warm today!
Her once-duet with Cliff Richard, "Suddenly" still sounds smooth done live, if not a little less meaningful at this stage of her career. But, it's the 'Grease' movie songs that showcased her willingness to take chances ... and what ultimately made her a good, beloved singer. "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and "You're The One That I Want' are still as powerful to the soul now done live then back on vinyl.
Other great tracks include 'Don't Stop Believin' (pure '70s MOR/easy listening pop perfection), 'Have You Never Been Mellow' (her second straight #1 single. A sweet soft-rock ballad, easy but not sleepy), and 'I Honestly Love You' (pure, aching beauty. Her first #1 pop hit, and the 1974 Record of the Year Grammy winner).
I still like the fact that she overcame her battle with cancer, the issues with her husband and daughter, and is still performing and touring today. Her still remaining active just brings everything full circle with this album! Excellent career compilation with that personal, live twist! My girl Olivia knows how to do it!