1978 Olivia Newton-John – Totally Hot

Newton-John, Olivia 1978Totally Hot is Olivia Newton-John‘s ninth US and tenth international studio album. Released in November 1978, it became her first solo Top 10 (No. 7) album since 1975’s Have You Never Been Mellow. Dressed on the album cover all in leather, Newton-John’s transformation in Grease from goody-goody “Sandy 1” to spandex-clad “Sandy 2” emboldened her to do the same with her music. The album’s singles “A Little More Love” (No. 3 Pop, No. 94 Country, No. 4 AC), “Deeper Than The Night” (No. 11 Pop, No. 87 Country, No. 4 AC), and the title track (No. 52 Pop) all demonstrated a more aggressive and uptempo sound for Newton-John. (The “Totally Hot” single was remixed for commercial release adding an instrumental bridge that lengthened the song by over thirty seconds from the original album track. As well, “Deeper Than The Night” was remixed to 4:56 and released in Europe on a 12″ disco single format.) Newton-John filmed promotional videos for all three singles and wrote two of the album’s tracks, “Borrowed Time” and “Talk To Me”.

Although the album de-emphasized country, it still reached No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Newton-John released the B-side, “Dancin’ ‘Round And ‘Round,” of the “Totally Hot” single to Country radio – the first time since her 1975 single, “Let It Shine/He Ain’t Heavy … He’s My Brother”, that Newton-John worked both sides of a single to different radio formats. “Dancin’ ‘Round And ‘Round” peaked at No. 29 Country and is her last charted solo Country airplay single to date. (The song also charted Pop (No. 82) and AC (No. 25) after Totally Hot completed its chart run.)

The album was certified Platinum in the United States and the single, “A Little More Love”, was certified gold. The album only reached No. 30 in the UK (where it was also released as a limited edition picture disc) but it was certified Gold and the single “A Little More Love” reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart (itself certified Silver), and was even a surprise Number One single in Israel. The album was a Top 10 success in Australia, Canada and Japan (although none of its singles charted in Japan). The album was re-released in Japan during 2010 featuring two bonus tracks – an extended version of “Totally Hot” and “Love Is Alive” from her 1981 live album, “Love Performance.”

Tracks

1  Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting (Stephen Sinclair) 5:52
Dancin Round And Round (Adam Mitchell) 4:00
3  Talk to Me (Olivia Newton-John) 3:27
Deeper Than The Night (Tom Snow) 3:39
5  Borrowed Time (Olivia Newton-John) 3:37
A Little More Love (John Farrar) 3:30
7  Never Enough (John Farrar, Pat Carroll, Alan Tarney, Trevor Spencer) 4:13
Totally Hot (John Farrar) 3:09
9  Boats Against The Current (Eric Carmen) 4:00
10  Gimme Some Lovin’ (Steve Windwood, Muff Winwood, Spencer Davis) 4:12
11  Deeper Than The Night (Extended Version) (Stephen Sinclair) 4:59

Musicians

1 Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting

Bass David McDaniels
Drums Mike Botts
Guitar John Farrar
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Piano Jai Winding


2 Dancing Round And Round

Bass David Hungate
Drums Mike Botts
Guitar John Farrar
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Piano Jai Winding


3 Talk To Me

Bass David Hungate
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano David Foster
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Alto Marty Grebb
Trombone Chuck Findley
Tenor Gerald Peterson
Percussion Lenny Castro


4 Deeper Than The Night

Bass David Hungate
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar John Farrar
Piano Tom Snow
Percussion Victor Feldman
Vocals John Farrar


5 Borrowed Time

Bass David McDaniels
Drums Mike Botts
Guitar John Farrar
Piano Jai Winding


6 A Little More Love

Bass David Hungate
Drums Mike Botts
Drums David Kemper
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano Jai Winding
Percussion Lenny Castro


7 Never Enough

Bass David Hungate
Drums Mike Botts
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Michael Boddicker
Piano Jai Winding


8 Totally Hot

Bass David Hungate
Drums Mike Botts
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Steve Lukather
Percussion Lenny Castro
Piano Jai Winding
Sax Marty Grebb
Sax Gerald Peterson
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Trombone Chuck Findley
Background Vocals Petsye Powell
Background Vocals Sandy Ighner
Background Vocals Phyllis St. James


9 Boats Against The Current

Bass David Hungate
Drums Mike Botts
Guitar John Farrar
Piano Jai Winding


10 Gimme Some Lovin’

Drums Mike Botts
Drums David Kemper
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar John Farrar
Piano Jai Winding
Background Vocals Petsye Powell
Background Vocals Carolyn Dennis
Background Vocals Patti Brooks
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals John Lehman
Background Vocals Roy Galloway
Background Vocals Patricia Henderson
Background Vocals Zedric Turnbough

Liner Notes

Producer, Arranged By – John Farrar
Mastered By – Allen Zentz
Mixed By – David J. Holman
Engineer (Second) – Bart Johnson, Betsy Banghart, Bob Mockler, George Tutko, Michael Carnivale, Ron Garrett, Terry Becker

Art Direction – Ria Lewerke
Photography By – Claude Mougin

Recorded – Hollywood Sound Recording, Group IV Studios, Cherokee Studios