January 31, 2007
Olivia Newton-John has inked a digital distribution deal with Digital Music Group, Inc. (DMGI), effective immediately. This deal provides distribution for four rare Newton-John albums, two of which have only been released in specialty stores and one that has never seen a U.S. release. The albums, which are already available on iTunes, are:
Grace & Gratitude
Released last year in Walgreen’s drug stores across America, Grace & Gratitude is a spiritual album that draws influence from religious traditions around the world.
Download Now: “Instrument of Peace”, “Let Go Let God”, “Pearls on a Chain”
Stronger Than Before
Released exclusively through Hallmark Gold Crown Stores as a fundraiser for breast cancer research, Newton-John wrote the bulk of the tracks and reworked one of her classic country hits (“Don’t Stop Believin’”). The closing track, “Serenity”, is based on the famous prayer.
Download Now: “Can I Trust Your Arms”, “Serenity”, “Stronger Than Before”
This collection of covers, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, features songs by women that inspired Newton-John during her formative years. It sold well in Australia and England, and is now available for the first time in the United States.
Download Now: “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, “How Insensitive”
Gaia is the first album that Newton-John ever wrote on her own, and she did so as she was going through cancer treatment and the aftermath that followed. It’s one of her best albums and features a strong country flavor on a few of the tracks; the arrangements and general twanginess of “No Matter What You Do” and “I Never Knew Love” are reminiscent of her earliest hits.
Download Now: “No Matter What You Do”, “Why Me”, “Trust Yourself”
With these four releases, the bulk of Newton-John’s recent material is now widely available. Some of her most popular work, however, remains out-of-print, including the platinum albums Totally Hot (1978) and Two of a Kind [Soundtrack] (1983), her gold-selling country albums Let Me Be There (1973), If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974), Have You Never Been Mellow (1975), Clearly Love (1975), and Don’t Stop Believin’ (1976), and her pop album The Rumour (1988). The singles from these albums can be found on Gold, currently the best career retrospective available of Newton-John.