Making a Good Thing Better

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
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: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Festival Records
  • EAN: 9399602104027
  • Catalog Number: 21040
  • Sales rank: 41,551

Album Credits

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, Guitar, 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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Olivia Couldn't Make It Any Better Than This

    Her 1977 release crystallizes Olivia's talent between her folk/ballad years and her pop/rock releases. Making a Good Thing Better is rare find since it was created at the apex of the 70's emotion evocative song writing tradition, yet the power and gentleness of her voice make this cd timeless and one of the very best Olivia has to offer.

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