Here is the technical description for Olivia's voice : Voice type: Lyric Coloratura Soprano Highest note: G6-A6 Lowest note: D3 Vocal range: 3.5 octaves.
Nothing in the above description tells you it has a magical intimate breathy quality, with beautiful purring overtones and undertones, she can sing in the quietest and gentlest way about the important things in life. (We will just ignore the eighties for the time being )
Grace and Gratitude is a 2006 album by Olivia, thirty six years into her career and producing exceptional vocal performances.
I see you can play the whole album on YouTube. Play the whole album if you can, I know it is quite difficult to get that amount of time and peace to yourself but this is worth the effort.
I gather Olivia is back in Australia to raise funds for the victims of the fires, good on her and Bless her.
oh the little pleasures in life, like a new album even if it is an old one. In my recent foray into Olivia Newton-John on Discogs I discovered I had completely missed an album in 1975 called Clearly Love, I had gotten the albums before and after it as they were released at the time, maybe it was not released here in Ireland, I was going to chase down a vinyl copy of it when I found it had been re-released in 1986 in Japan as a "Two on One" disc MCA-5882 with the other album being the brilliant Come on Over album with Jolene on it. I think / speculate that it is likely to be the version of Jolene that Hayley had been familiar with rather than the Dolly Parton version. I have really enjoyed the getting to know you phase of an (new) album I had never heard before, some lovely cover songs on it, such a pleasure.
Olivia released a whole load of wonderful albums between 1971 and 1977, before Grease and Xanadu and then she became a superstar, which is a double edged sword, you can become to popular, to famous, 3 singles on the chart in 1978 with a combined total of 56 weeks on the charts was enough for most people, ears had reached saturation, then the eighties came.
Thanks Comet for the reminders of the fondly remembered Olivia Neutron-Bomb To me though, the finale of Grease was not her finest hour - I much preferred her in the earlier parts of the film. And I don't think my ears would have ever reached saturation