Making a Good Thing Better

Making a Good Thing Better

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by Olivia Newton-John
     
 

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Newton-John has actually made a good thing blander on her 1977 release, in which she milks her tender innocence and soft vocals until all that is left is a drought-driven yearning for substance. She would later learn the rules of rock on Grease and Physical, but here she makes you suffer through an arraySee more details below

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Newton-John has actually made a good thing blander on her 1977 release, in which she milks her tender innocence and soft vocals until all that is left is a drought-driven yearning for substance. She would later learn the rules of rock on Grease and Physical, but here she makes you suffer through an array of drippy ballads and folk music. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" has been turned from soaring death-bed proclamation to bone-thin ballad. It is rare that a musical artist of Newton-John's stature would turn out an album that is completely bad, and indeed there are still some songs that make a showcase for her. Johnny Cash admirers will probably cringe at her version of "Ring of Fire," but it is great fun. "I Think I'll Say Goodbye" is upbeat country-pop in tradition of her hit "If You Love Me Let Me Know." Newton-John, whose voice is overtly feminine, works best with songs that are raw and untamed. It does not mean she should keep away from ballads, but on this selection of monotonously low-key ballads, she would at least benefit from less whimpering.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Festival Records
UPC:
9399602104027
catalogNumber:
21040
Rank:
47061

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Performance Credits

Olivia Newton-John   Primary Artist,Piano,Harpsichord,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Newton Howard   Piano,Strings,Conductor,Harpsichord
Greg Mathieson   Synthesizer,Piano,Harpsichord,Clavinet
Randy Edelman   Harmonium,Keyboards
John Farrar   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin
Pattie Brooks   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Campbell   Strings,Conductor
Laura Creamer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jay Graydon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Doug Livingston   Pedal Steel Guitar
George Marge   Oboe,Ocarina,Wind
Myrna Matthews   Vocals
Marti McCall   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Peter Myers   Strings,Conductor
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Joe Porcaro   Percussion
Julia Rinker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Myrna Mathews   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass

Technical Credits

James Newton Howard   String Arrangements
John Farrar   Producer
Tom Bush   Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
June Carter Cash   Composer
Peter Myers   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Elliot Scheiner   Remixing
Bill Schnee   Engineer,Remixing
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Linda Tyler   Engineer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
George Osaki   Art Direction

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