Wednesday, 16 March 2016

XANADU SIDE A: ELO OR ONJ?

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The long awaited debut of "Xanadu" on Blu-Ray earlier this month - and the subsequent arrival of said release today at ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] - has reminded Yours Truly KJS of a minor controversy from back in good old 1980. I remember having the odd friendly argument with fans of Olivia Newton-John back in the day [and occasionally since] as to whether the ELO Side or the ONJ Side was the A side on the original gatefold LP release [UK: Jet/MCA #JETLX526].
For me, the 'A' side had to be the ELO Side and for certain others it was not. Later CD re-issues, however, opted to list the ONJ tracks as tracks 1-5 and the ELO songs as tracks 6-10 but the original vinyl release didn't really define either, even the run-out matrix didn't settle the 'argument'.

XANADU SET FOR SPRING 2016 BLU-RAY RELEASE

In any case, the "Xanadu" OST was significantly more successful than the film, reaching #2 in the Official UK Album Top 75 with a seventeen [17] week chart run. "Xanadu" is a recording that has always divided the ELO fan base but the facts are that it provided ELO with their only #1 UK single and three other hit singles plus the Jeff Lynne's ELO live anthem "All Over The World".

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-March-2016

1 comment:

  1. Obviously the ONJ tracks are the A side. They are listed first, she was the star of the film and her singles were more sucessful. That's not to say the ELO tracks aren't great.

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