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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Totally Hot is one of the most fun albums from Olivia Newton John. Total abandon is its trademark, the atmosphere lightened up a bit, and from top to bottom it is one of her most satisfying projects. "Please Don't Keep Me Waiting" is a girl group all grown up. Is it Newton-John's voice or Michael Botticker's synthesizer at the end of the first track? A little jarring for her country audience, but she takes care of them on "Dancin' 'Round and 'Round," a wonderful country-pop tune and quick about face. As with the Let Me Be There release, her name is prominently splashed on the cover and the tan background suits her well, with the mysterious look with the kerchief on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Totally Hot is one of the most fun albums from Olivia Newton John. Total abandon is its trademark, the atmosphere lightened up a bit, and from top to bottom it is one of her most satisfying projects. "Please Don't Keep Me Waiting" is a girl group all grown up. Is it Newton-John's voice or Michael Botticker's synthesizer at the end of the first track? A little jarring for her country audience, but she takes care of them on "Dancin' 'Round and 'Round," a wonderful country-pop tune and quick about face. As with the Let Me Be There release, her name is prominently splashed on the cover and the tan background suits her well, with the mysterious look with the kerchief on the inside cover as playful as the music. David Foster, Steve Lukather, and Tom Snow add their talents to the project, but it is Newton-John, with the guidance of John Farrar, who really shines here. Her own "Talk to Me" is bouncy adult contemporary, but it is the two hit singles which, naturally, stand out. Tom Snow's "Deeper Than the Night" was a nice musical departure for the singer, with its strong piano reflecting the melody. Along with the John Farrar smash "A Little More Love," those involved showed that Olivia Newton-John could move beyond the three huge hits from the film Grease which saturated the airwaves in 1978. "A Little More Love" went Top Three in December of 1978, with "Deeper Than the Night" hovering around the Top Ten in May of 1979. The album contains a nice balance, something missing from 1985's Soul Kiss. "Borrowed Time" is more country-pop and is one of the more serious tracks on the album. The cover of Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'," on the other hand, is as close to a drunken party as one will get on a Newton-John album. Jimmy Miller, producer of the original 1967 hit, would probably approve of the spirit -- it is definitely more fun than the Blues Brothers' version which charted three years after this. John Farrar actually pens three songs in a row on Totally Hot, including the title track, and with Newton-John's two contributions, the songstress and her producer compose half of this album. That the prolific John Farrar didn't contribute more to these albums shows how careful they were about material, but "Never Enough" is stunning, and maybe Newton-John will take on the Marvin, Welch, & Farrar songbook sometime in the future. The precision on the verse and chorus make for a beautiful album track, lyrics that flow perfectly on the singer's voice. The title track is funky and the big mistake on this disc is that Dr. John isn't performing a duet with Newton-John on this New Orleans adventure. The cover of Eric Carmen's "Boats Against the Current" is a nice feather in his cap. It's a dramatic reading that shows the other side of this recording. The Olivia Newton-John catalog runs deep, and Totally Hot is one of the more consistently entertaining albums in the collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1998
  • Label: Festival Records
  • EAN: 9399603677124
  • Catalog Number: 21041
  • Sales rank: 13,057

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Olivia Newton-John Primary Artist, Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion
David Foster Piano
John Farrar Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Tom Snow Piano
Phyllis Saint James Vocals
Michael Botts Drums
Pattie Brooks Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Chuck Findley Trombone
Marty Grebb Alto
Ed Greene Drums
David Hungate Bass
David Kemper Drums
Steve Lukather Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Steve Madaio Trumpet
David McDaniels Bass
Sid Sharp Leader
Jai Winding Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Olivia Newton-John Vocal Group
Victor Feldman Vibe Master
James Newton Howard String Arrangements
John Farrar Arranger, Producer, Vocal Group
Terry Becker Engineer
Pattie Brooks Vocal Group
Carolyn Dennis Vocal Group
Roy Galloway Vocal Group
Jim Gilstrap Vocal Group
Patricia Henderson Vocal Group
David J. Holman Engineer, Contributor
John Lehman Vocal Group
Petsye Powell Vocal Group
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Zedric Turnbough Vocal Group
George Tutko Engineer
Allen Zentz Mastering
Bob Mockler Engineer
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Ron Garrett Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great rock 'n' roll ONJ album!

    I think that this album is great! It is really a first look at Olivia Newton-John's "ROCKN'" side. I love the songs, "A Little More Love," and "Boats Against the Curent." What can I say, though? I pretty much love all of the songs on this cd. Olivia sounds great as ever, and I think that any ONJ fan would love this!

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