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Come on Over
     

Come on Over

4.5 2
by Olivia Newton-John
 
Olivia Newton John's Come on Over is country tunes, folk ballads, and more. Her own arrangement and adaptation of the traditional "Greensleeves" is exquisite, haunting, and shows Newton-John is more than just a pretty face. Her hit catalog was already nine songs deep, and "Come on Over" was the tenth of close to 30 visits to the Top 40 in a 14-year period.

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Olivia Newton John's Come on Over is country tunes, folk ballads, and more. Her own arrangement and adaptation of the traditional "Greensleeves" is exquisite, haunting, and shows Newton-John is more than just a pretty face. Her hit catalog was already nine songs deep, and "Come on Over" was the tenth of close to 30 visits to the Top 40 in a 14-year period. Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and a cover of Dolly Parton's classic "Jolene" open and shut side one with the country side of things while the Diane Berglund/Jim Phillips composition "Pony Ride" is more of a piano ballad, nicely bridging the Western music with the song which would go to the top of the adult contemporary charts, the brilliant title track written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. "Come on Over" came right on the heels of one of the Bee Gees' most brilliant compositions, "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)," charting just three months prior to "Come on Over." What this record becomes is a textbook on the separation between what is good and what is great. The album is quality stuff through and through, but even a good reading of a Beatles classic like "The Long and Winding Road" pales next to the majesty of John Farrar's simple production and Olivia's direct and heart-wrenching vocal on the title track. It is so moving that every other performance becomes a supporting act to the main attraction. It is also the only song that charted on the Top 40 from this consistent and entertaining project. "It'll Be Me" is the next best thing to "Come on Over," a Hank Marvin/John Farrar composition showing Newton-John's relationship to Cliff Richard's Shadows, drummer Brian Bennett providing the backbeat. Cliff Richard had his biggest U.S. success up to this point in time with "Devil Woman" as this record was charting simultaneously. It would be four years until Olivia and Cliff's duet "Suddenly," from the Xanadu soundtrack, made its splash. "Don't Throw It All Away" and "Who Are You Now?" are beautiful middle of the road performances here, and Farrar's production is really understated and sadly underrated. His grasp of the pop format is major league and worthy of note. Farrar's "Small Talk and Pride" and Harlan Collins' "Wrap Me in Your Arms" are elegant and perfect in their construction. Olivia Newton-John was a superstar before Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, and as beautiful as those pop divas can sing, it is John Farrar's understanding of his artist which makes these albums by Olivia so heartfelt and magical. "Come on Over" is a tremendous song on a very good album. More than just the Bee Gees meets the Shadows featuring Olivia Newton-John, Come on Over is a true pop classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0076731108223
catalogNumber:
31082
Rank:
30924

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Performance Credits

Olivia Newton-John   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brian Bennett   Drums
John Farrar   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Vicki Brown   Background Vocals
B.J. Cole   Steel Guitar
Pat Farrar   Background Vocals
Steve Grey   Keyboards
Hurdle   Bass
Alan Parker   Guitar
Alan Tarney   Bass
Graham Todd   Keyboards
Clare Torry   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Olivia Newton-John   Arranger,Adaptation
John Farrar   Producer,Audio Production
Tony Clark   Engineer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Alan Rouse   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Phil Keat   Composer

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Come on Over 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lilricky More than 1 year ago
This lady has always been a class act. Great album to chill out to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, Olivia is absolutely wonderful as usual. I think that all of the music on this album works, and should appeal to fans of all types of music. The music on this cd ranges from the country/soft rock feel of the title track,"Come On Over," to the rock 'n' roll sound of "It'll Be Me." This is a great album which I have on LP and cd. This is a prime example of Olivia's sweetness and her crystal clear voice. Any ONJ fan should own this album. It is a MUST!