1980 Soundtrack – Xanadu

ost-xanaduXanadu is the soundtrack of the 1980 musical film of the same name, featuring the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and the British group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It is Newton-John’s eighth studio album, and ELO’s ninth.

The original LP release featured on side one the songs of Newton-John, and on side two the songs of ELO. In 2008 the soundtrack album was digitally remastered as a bonus CD as part of the film’s DVD release entitled Xanadu – Magical Musical Edition.

Although the film was a critical and commercial disappointment, the soundtrack was a worldwide success and received positive reviews from music critics going double platinum in the US and Canada. The hit singles “Magic” and “Xanadu”, peaked at number one in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. Both singles also went to number one in the Netherlands and Italy, respectively. It was the 5th most popular US soundtrack in 1981.

Tracks

Magic (John Farrar) 4:31
Suddenly (John Farrar) 4:02
3  Dancin’ Round and Round (John Farrar) 5:17
4  Suspended in Time (John Farrar) 3:55
5  Whenever You’re Away from Me (John Farrar) 4:21
6   I’m Alive (Jeff Lynne) 3:46
7  The Fall (Jeff Lynne) 3:34
8  Don’t Walk Away (Jeff Lynne) 4:48
9  All Over the World (Jeff Lynne) 4:04
10  Xanadu (Jeff Lynne) 3:28

Musicians

1 Magic

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarJohn Farrar
SynthesizerJohn Farrar
VocalsOlivia Newton-John


2 Suddenly

BassDavid McDaniels
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJohn Farrar
PianoJai Winding
VocoderMichael Boddicker
VocalsOlivia Newton-John


3 Dancin’ Round and Round

DrumsEd Greene
GuitarBill Spooner
GuitarJohn Farrar
GuitarRoger Steen
SynthesizerMichael Cotten
VocalsOlivia Newton-John
VocalsFee Waybill
Background VocalsJohn Farrar


4 Suspended in Time

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJohn Farrar
VocalsOlivia Newton-John


6 I’m Alive

BassKelly Groucutt
DrumsBev Bevan
GuitarJeff Lynne
Acoustic GuitarJeff Lynne
KeyboardsRichard Tandy
PianoRichard Tandy
SynthesizerRichard Tandy
SynthesizerJeff Lynne
PercussionBev Bevan
VocalsJeff Lynne
Background VocalsKelly Groucutt

 

7 The Fall

BassKelly Groucutt
DrumsBev Bevan
GuitarJeff Lynne
Acoustic GuitarJeff Lynne
KeyboardsRichard Tandy
PianoRichard Tandy
SynthesizerRichard Tandy
SynthesizerJeff Lynne
PercussionBev Bevan
VocalsJeff Lynne
Background VocalsKelly Groucutt


8 Don’t Walk Away

BassKelly Groucutt
DrumsBev Bevan
GuitarJeff Lynne
Acoustic GuitarJeff Lynne
KeyboardsRichard Tandy
PianoRichard Tandy
SynthesizerRichard Tandy
SynthesizerJeff Lynne
PercussionBev Bevan
VocalsJeff Lynne
Background VocalsKelly Groucutt


9 All Over the World

BassKelly Groucutt
DrumsBev Bevan
GuitarJeff Lynne
Acoustic GuitarJeff Lynne
KeyboardsRichard Tandy
PianoRichard Tandy
SynthesizerRichard Tandy
SynthesizerJeff Lynne
PercussionBev Bevan
VocalsJeff Lynne
Background VocalsKelly Groucutt

 

10 Xanadu

BassKelly Groucutt
DrumsBev Bevan
GuitarJeff Lynne
Acoustic GuitarJeff Lynne
KeyboardsRichard Tandy
PianoRichard Tandy
SynthesizerRichard Tandy
SynthesizerJeff Lynne
PercussionBev Bevan
VocalsJeff Lynne
Background VocalsKelly Groucutt

Liner Notes

Producer John Farrar (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Producer – Jeff Lynne (Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Arranged By (Strings), Conductor – Richard Hewson (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Coordinator – Roger Davies
Coordinator (Assistant) – Chris Plâtel
Engineer – David J. Holman (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Engineer – Mack (Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – David J. Holman (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Strings – Louis Clark (Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Photography By – Jeffrey Mayer, Jonathan Exley

Manufactured By – MCA Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Universal City Studios, Inc.
Recorded At – Musicland Studios
Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios