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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 076731108223
  • Catalog Number: 31082
  • Sales rank: 26,807

Album Credits

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
Les 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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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    This lady has always been a class act. Great album to chill out

    This lady has always been a class act. Great album to chill out to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marvelous as usual!

    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!

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