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Xanadu Soundtrack

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We've been selling this on Aussie import for years, but now it's available domestically for a heckuva lot less! Includes hits from ELO ( Xanadu; All over the World; I'm Alive ) and from Olivia Newton-John ( Magic; Suddenly ) plus original artwork, lyrics and photos.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 8, 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000AG8R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Jose R. Perez on April 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The film "Xanadu" received what I consider the best movie review of all time on its release in 1980: a single sentence that read... "In a word, Xana-don't"!
To be sure, this campy roller-dancehall fairy tale still has its enthusiasts and remains a guilty pleasure for some. In the end, the film was a catastrophe but remains in the Hollywood Babylon pantheon of nostalgia and cult classics for three reasons. First, it ended up being Gene Kelly's swan song from a 4 decade career in film as in the movie, he dances to a charming time-warping tune with a soft-shoeing Olivia Newton-John (his last on screen partner.) Second, ONJ met her future husband Matt Lattanzi on the film set, and the tabloids feasted on their decade-plus age difference while rumors of Matt (and Olivia's) sexual orientation percolated under the surface during the hateful "outing" campaigns of the early 80s.
Perhaps the most lasting legacy of the film, however, rests in this soundtrack - a uniformly strong collection of tracks from the former girl-next-door-gone-bad Olivia and the legendary Electric Light Orchestra, a fusion rock band of operatic depth (alongside the Moody Blues, Yes and Queen - ELO ranks as rock-opera royalty.) Thrown in for fun and easy digestion are guests like Kelly ("Whenever I'm Away from You") Sir Cliff Richard (the sweet easy listening classic "Suddenly" - a top 20 hit with Olivia) and the punkish sound of the Tubes ("Dancin'" - a pop-punk confection with an irresistible hook that gets lost when viewing the unwatchable scene on film or video.) Far superior to that other camp cult classic - "Can't Stop the Music" - Xanadu, the soundtrack, accomplishes a romantic, sweeping vision that the film could only struggle with.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By guillermoj on July 26, 2003
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When you consider that the music on this CD comes from the cheesy (guilty pleasure for some) 1980 musical "Xanadu", starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, you'd assume that it's soundtrack would not have a chance; however this is soundtrack simply astounds as each song is simply amazing.
It features 10 tracks, including some of E.L.O.'s strongest songs ("I'm Alive, "All Over The World", among others), Olivia Newton John's #1 smash "Magic", a gorgeous duet by Newton John and Cliff Richard ("Suddenly") as well as the E.L.O penned "Xanadu" sung by Newton John. It also has a duet between Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly that would seem iffy at best on paper, but it also works.
I can't say enough about this release, which was unavailable in the U.S until a few years ago. It may be in my top 10 soundtracks ever. Enjoy the magic!!!! When I compare this CD to a lot of the junk that is put out there by way of soundtracks, it's amazing that a pre-marketing package can wipe the floor with all the focus group cross-marketing efforts that are now a material part of the music business.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Hi. My name is Anxiety and I'm a Xanadu-aholic. It's taken me a long time to admit this to the world, but I think it's time. Do you think it's easy to have a reputation of listening to "cool" stuff like Gary Numan, Saint Etienne and Stereolab, all the while you're wishing you were holed up at home listening to Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelley?
I'm going to say it: I LOVE THIS ALBUM. EVERY NOTE OF IT. It's impossible for me not to harmonize with Livvy and the gals when the Andrew Sisters-esque part of "Dancin'" spins around. I've TRIED not to sing along. I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF. Only recently have I curbed my desire to dance the jitterbug whenever it comes on my stereo!
Meanwhile, ELO's "I'm Alive" is soooooo GLAMOUROOSE that I'd rather jump off a cliff than keep myself from tying my hair in a topknot, slapping on the legwarmers, and skating up and down the street with a lusty smile on my face.
For those who worship the seminal, perhaps divinely touched slab of genius known as the soundtrack of "XANADU"....I salute you!
May the muse be with you.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Todd Durnil on August 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
With the massive popularity of the Broadway version of this cult smash movie, the original soundtrack is now leaving a lot to be desired. Several years ago, Universal began issuing "Deluxe" versions of their classic albums, two disc sets that expanded on the original issued release. "Xanadu" deserves such treatment.

Missing from the original soundtrack is Barry DeVorzon's score, the rousing Oveture, which deftly blends both Olivia's and ELO's great songs, Olivia's fantastic version of the 40's classic "You Made Me Love You," the astounding complete finale which blends the skating anthem "Drum Dreams" with Olivia's medley of tap ("Betty Grable"), hard rock/disco ("Fool"), and country ("First Stage Out of This Town") and the international #1 smash "Xanadu." This 11-minute epic has never been issued in complete form on cd, and it would be nice to finally have the finale all together.

Another issue of contention is the layout of the album. Initially, the songs were divided by Olivia's and ELO's, with each artist getting a side of the album; however, a more appropriate way to re-issue the disc would be to include the songs and score in order as they appear in the movie.

In addition, the Broadway show has added Olivia's classic "Have You Never Been Mellow?" and ELO's classics "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic," so a second disc could feature these, as well as some of the fantastic remixes of Xanadu's hit songs that have been floating around for years (one in particular that comes to mind is the Elaysian Fields remix of the #1 classic "Magic," which could make the song a hit all over again).

So there's a lot out there that Universal could be doing to really give us fans the five-star collection that "Xanadu" deserves - now the question is, will they do it??? Hopefully now that the musical is a hit, we will see the Deluxe soundtrack in the future!
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songs at the end of the movie
The song is called "Fool Country". It was on the b-side of the "Magic" 45rpm and has a much smoother transition from one style to the other than in the movie.
Neither that, the ELO instrumental that Gene Kelly skates to when the club opens ("Drum Dreams" - the... Read More
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