Olivia Newton-John Remasters Project

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

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Let's not forget Olivia's first single 45 from 1966, I don't believe either side has ever been released on digital format.
How about an Olivia "From The Top" collection like Carpenters.

"Till You Say You'll Be Mine" 1966 (a side)
"Forever" (b side)
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masqueraded

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Pop inside the 60s and is on Australian iTunes. The olivia tracks not digital are:
-Roll Like A River (Toomorrow)
-I Could Never Live Without Your Love (Toomorrow)
-The Biggest Clown
-Sail Into Tomorrow (1972)
-Just Us Two (With Rona Hall)
-Richards Window and the narration version
-Rest Your Love On Me (Unicef)
-The Key (Unicef)
-You Made Me Love You
-Love Performance full LP
 
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masqueraded

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Mixes/remixes not digital:
-Fly Away (edit)
-Dont Stop Believin' (edit)
-Every Face Tells A Story (edit)
-Totally Hot (single version)
-Deeper Than The Night (Extended)
-Physical (French extended, and hot tracks mix)
-Tied up (edit)
-Twist Of Fate (Extended)
-Desperate Times (Single version, extended)
-Soul Kiss (Edit, dub mix, instrumental)
-Toughen Up (Dance Mix, dub)
-The Rumour (12 inch dub, instrumental)
-Its Always Australia For Me (Instrumental)
-I Need Love (Club dub, underground mix)
 

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

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Funny, I was listening to the Marvin/Farrar album today and felt the same way about Galadriel : p

Really awesome to have such a promocopy of John Farrar's 1980 LP with a press release included, sounds like a real rarity d:)b I agree on how their voices blend so perfectly (which struck me again as I listened to Tied Up today). "A Thousand Conversations - The Best of Marvin, Welch & Farrar" is a compilation CD I can recommend, full of awesome harmonies. It has many songs from their two albums from 1971 and a few from the duo from 1973 and even includes Bruce Welch's "Please Mr Please" from 1974.

John Farrar was a member of British group The Shadows from 1973-1977. Now you may have heard of the Eurovision Songcontest. Olivia represented the UK in '74 and in the national pre-selection sang 6 songs from which the British TV audience could choose the one she would take to Eurovision (Long Live Love). Cliff Richard did the same thing in '73 and in 1975 it was The Shadows' turn. And this is one of the 6 songs that the people in the UK could choose from (all of which ended up on their album "Specs Appeal") :

I wanted to thank you for posting this and the video. It got me learning more about The Shadows. It's so cool when you hear old music for the first time. I've always been amazed at all the hits John Farrar produced during Olivia's career. I've also had a sweet spot for his amazing vocals.

After you posted that video I noticed the uploader had others from the Eurovision tv show. I heard their B side "Stand Up Like A Man" for the first time and was mesmerized by John's higher range and I really dig this song too. I found out that it's from their single "Let Me Be The One" (a side)

Of course I then had to order the single 45 from the UK and it arrived in excellent condition and sounds amazing. I didn't realize he was still recording and performing with the Shadows during the same time he was writing and producing for Olivia. This single was released in 1975, the same year of Olivia's album "Have You Never Been Mellow" of which John wrote the lyrics to that hit song. Cool stuff!!


Here's the sleeve that came with my 45 rpm.
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Walkinat9

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I wanted to thank you for posting this and the video. It got me learning more about The Shadows. It's so cool when you hear old music for the first time. I've always been amazed at all the hits John Farrar produced during Olivia's career. I've also had a sweet spot for his amazing vocals.

After you posted that video I noticed the uploader had others from the Eurovision tv show. I heard their B side "Stand Up Like A Man" for the first time and was mesmerized by John's higher range and I really dig this song too. I found out that it's from their single "Let Me Be The One" (a side)

Of course I then had to order the single 45 from the UK and it arrived in excellent condition and sounds amazing. I didn't realize he was still recording and performing with the Shadows during the same time he was writing and producing for Olivia. This single was released in 1975, the same year of Olivia's album "Have You Never Been Mellow" of which John wrote the lyrics to that hit song. Cool stuff!!


Here's the sleeve that came with my 45 rpm.
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You're very welcome, Rick! :) That's a nice sleeve too (looks like it's Portuguese?)
On the 1975 album "Specs Appeal" you can hear all their 6 UK-for-Eurovision entries plus 6 more, mostly fine instrumentals, I believe. I just listened to "God only knows" and it's in the same key as Olivia's recording and similar arrangement, very nice really. If "Colorado Songbird" had words, I think it would have been a nice song for Olivia...

The Shadows "Specs Appeal" LP on Discogs (tracks to be listened to in the Videos section)

I still need to listen to the "Live at the Paris Olympia" LP (1975), which includes some of the Marvin Welch & Farrar songs.

Have you ever listened to the rest of 1967 Shadows album "From Hank, Bruce, Brian & John" (John Rostill that is)? Of course, this is pre-John Farrar, but has a couple of nice Swinging Sixties tracks, too, (besides the one with Olivia), like this one:

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Walkinat9

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Thanks for the details...I enjoyed reading that since I had no idea about this label.

Regarding John Farrar's 45 single "With Rainnie On My Mind" b/w "John and Mary" Discogs says that John and Mary was an instrumental. It appears we may have an idea what that instrumental sounded like from a track called "Years Away" taken from The Shadows album called Rockin' With Curly Leads. The person who posted this shows on the video that Years Away started as John and Mary the flip side to his single. Check out this track and info at about 31 seconds in.

I really like this guitar instrumental. It really shows how gifted John Farrar was on guitar this was in 1973.
It reminds me of his incredible guitar full instrumentals of the songs "Had To Be" that appears on the CD single Cliff Richard Olivia Newton-John Part 2 and his instrumental of "Misunderstood Man" that appears on Cliff's CD single of the same name.

Thanks for the tip, I wasn't even aware of the instrumental version of "Had to be", nor the 1973 Shadows album, gonna give it a listen now :phones:
 

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

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Thanks for the tip, I wasn't even aware of the instrumental version of "Had to be", nor the 1973 Shadows album, gonna give it a listen now :phones:
I think "Had To Be" is underrated and I like it better than Suddenly. I had a hard time finding the Part 2 CD Single. I still don't have Part 1. However Part 2 has the instrumental and the really cool 70's track, "Don't Move Away"

The back of the CD Single shows lead guitar and music by John Farrar.
He also did an instrumental of Cliff's Misunderstood Man
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Walkinat9

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I think "Had To Be" is underrated and I like it better than Suddenly. I had a hard time finding the Part 2 CD Single. I still don't have Part 1. However Part 2 has the instrumental and the really cool 70's track, "Don't Move Away"

The back of the CD Single shows lead guitar and music by John Farrar.
He also did an instrumental of Cliff's Misunderstood Man
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Interesting! I must have seen the instrumental track, but I always assumed that it would be one without the lead vocals. I never guessed that the melody line would actually have been replaced by a guitar solo (much like the instrumental version of "Grease", which sounds great as a sax solo track).

I may end up getting myself a copy, since I still don't have "Don't move away" in digital form and I absolutely love that record! Great to see a session date for that one. Somewhere stashed away in storage I have this Cliff Richard book which includes some record session data and I remember that 2 takes were recorded for "Don't move away". I guess the other take was used for Cliff's summer TV special for the BBC. That one sounds like a studio take and Olivia sings "My love is real" instead of "Your love is real", among other small differences...
 

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

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Do you know if the official video for Had To Be was ever released on DVD?
This is the only version I have ever seen. I wish there was a way to purchase the video.



I have both CD's "Songs from Heathcliff" and the Heathcliff Live (The Show) 2 CD set, I even bought the PAL DVD of the Heathcliff Musical even though Olivia does not appear on the live CD or the musical. I really love all the music that was composed by John Farrar from this musical. It's interesting to hear how different the songs from the musical compared to the duets with Cliff and Olivia on "Songs from Heathcliff"
 

Walkinat9

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Do you know if the official video for Had To Be was ever released on DVD?
This is the only version I have ever seen. I wish there was a way to purchase the video.



I have both CD's "Songs from Heathcliff" and the Heathcliff Live (The Show) 2 CD set, I even bought the PAL DVD of the Heathcliff Musical even though Olivia does not appear on the live CD or the musical. I really love all the music that was composed by John Farrar from this musical. It's interesting to hear how different the songs from the musical compared to the duets with Cliff and Olivia on "Songs from Heathcliff"
As far as I know the video hasn't been released on DVD, but thank goodness for YouTube :) Btw, I noticed recently that the "Only Olivia" special from '77 is up there too. Looking forward to sitting myself down for it at the end of this week.

You've become quite a John Farrar addict, haven't you? :-p I guess you knew about the 2 sides he produced for Olivia's former Toomorrow bandmate Ben Thomas in '72? I bet Olivia had something to say about Ben recording a single for the label she was with (PYE)



And the B-side:


And what do you think of his recordings with The Strangers in the 1960s?
 

John Adam

"Two Lives"
Interesting! I must have seen the instrumental track, but I always assumed that it would be one without the lead vocals. I never guessed that the melody line would actually have been replaced by a guitar solo (much like the instrumental version of "Grease", which sounds great as a sax solo track).

I may end up getting myself a copy, since I still don't have "Don't move away" in digital form and I absolutely love that record! Great to see a session date for that one. Somewhere stashed away in storage I have this Cliff Richard book which includes some record session data and I remember that 2 takes were recorded for "Don't move away". I guess the other take was used for Cliff's summer TV special for the BBC. That one sounds like a studio take and Olivia sings "My love is real" instead of "Your love is real", among other small differences...

I have the part II (CD) single of Had To Be. When I bought it, the big surprise was Don't Move Away! Not something you expected to have almost 25 years after it was recorded. Let's hope the "Remasters" contain more surprises, because there are many of them we all crave!
 
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