by Olivia Newton-John


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"Physical" became such a monster hit -- not just a hit, but a pop-culture phenomenon that was impossible to escape -- that it became difficult to view its accompanying album as anything other than a conduit for the single. The thing was, Physical was a damn good record, in many ways one of Olivia Newton-John's very best. Picking up where Totally Hot and Xanadu left off, Physical skillfully balances catchy yet mellow dance cuts with immaculately crafted adult contemporary pop and ballads. The title track, of course, is the best example of the dance side, but "Landslide," "Make a Move on Me," and "Promise (Dolphin Song)" illustrate that Physical wasn't a one-hit record at all -- if anything, they hold up better than the big hit. There is some filler here -- none of her records were free from that curse -- but it's well-made filler and helps make Physical one of the most enjoyable albums of her career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076731111025
catalogNumber: 31110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Olivia Newton-John   Primary Artist,Vocals
Victor Feldman   Percussion
John Farrar   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Tom Snow   Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Bill Cuomo   Synthesizer
Gary Herbig   Horn
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Carlos Vega   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

John Farrar   Composer,Producer
Steve Kipner   Composer,Contributor
Tom Snow   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Albhy Galuten   Composer
David J. Holman   Engineer
Terry Shaddick   Composer
William Bowden   Engineer
George Osaki   Art Direction,Cover Design

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Physical 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of Olivia's finest albums. You could listen to this album for hours and it feel as if it were only minutes! This cd is for fans of any type of her music. It contains rock, pop, and ballads. Olivia sounds great on this album, in fact, at the all time peak of her presentation. This is probably, out of all of her cds, my favorite one. No Olivia Newton-John collection is complete without Physical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album clearly shows Olivia's versatility. Physical, the album, is her most popular solo album and caused much controversy with the double entendre of the title track. Olivia sports a new look with this album. All the songs are fantastic and the song Silvery Rain shows how much she cares about the Earth. The Promise is a great song. This album is a must have for ONJ fans (and for those that have not seen the accompanying videos for the songs, you should see them).