Xanadu [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]by Electric Light Orchestra, Part II
Hollywood never learns. Hot on the heels of box-office failures Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Can't Stop the Music, comes the roller-skating Olivia Newton John in Xanadu. This soundtrack is fluff stuff to be sure, but some pearls float amongst the mire. Lead-off "Magic" remains a fine single. "Suddenly," a duet ONJ ekes out with British luminary Cliff Richard, seems better than most love themes. The sudden appearance of the Tubes almost saves the doomed swing
ock hybrid "Dancin," but the two styles should never meet. The second half glows from the Electric Light Orchestra, soaring at its commercial height, escaping this crippling fairy tale fairly untarnished with three more hit bits: "I'm Alive," "All Over the World," and the Olivia Neutron Bomb showcase title track. "Don't Walk Away" and "The Fall" stand as two of Jeff Lynne's finest, thus the flip nukes the front which should stay stuck to the theater floor. Listening to this soundtrack may beat watching the actual film, but know that if you didn't dig Xanadu when it came out, the platter gains nothing through time.
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Performance CreditsElectric Light Orchestra, Part II Primary Artist,Track Performer
Jeff Lynne Keyboards,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bev Bevan Vocals,Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Kelly Groucutt Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Gene Kelly Vocals,Track Performer
Olivia Newton-John Vocals,Track Performer
Cliff Richard Track Performer
Tubes Track Performer
Ed Greene Drums
Louis Clark Strings
John Farrar Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Bill Spooner Guitar
Michael Boddicker Vocoder
Michael Cotten Synthesizer
Richard Hewson Conductor
David Hungate Bass
Roger Steen Guitar
Richard Tandy Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Carlos Vega Drums
Jai Winding Electric Piano
Technical CreditsJeff Lynne Producer
Barry De Vorzon Composer
John Farrar Producer
Mike Fink Reissue Design
Richard Hewson Arranger,String Arrangements
David J. Holman Engineer
George Osaki Art Direction
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5 Stars for Olivia and 5 for Electric Light Orchestra. I saw this movie , maybe 15 times, just to enjoy the music.
well...I feel that this cd is one of the best ones i have ever heard so far. Yes it has it all and not only does it make for good wake up muzik. Its an all around cd yes its true its an all around cd. if i had to rate it yes i would give it a 10 out of 5. Say what yes a 10 out of 5 its just to good to be true.
I will probably receive hate mail for this, but Olivia Newton John is nothing special. Xanadu, is probably one of the best ways to experience Olivia Newton John, and this is when you can hear her sing. Olivia has a beautiful voice, but she cannot act. At all. Electric Light Orchestra, led by Jeff Lynne is at their usual best. Overall, the music is fantastic, but it's association with prehaps the worst film of all time diminishes it a bit.
I think I saw the Movie 20 times (at the theatre) and 50 times more at home. Enjoying the skating, the dancing, the angelical face of Olivia Newton-John, the perfect scene of Gene Kelly dancing with Olivia. The songs? 20 years later I still remember them as if it was yesterday. It is a MASTERPIECE. No doubt.
Seen this with my wife and four children(now five children and three grandchildren) when Xanadu first came out. Two of my children and myself have the video tape and still enjoy watching it. It has, by todays standards, "corny" moments, but maybe that's what makes it such a great movie to watch. Beautiful music, beautiful and talented Olivia. Thanks.